The first glimpse of the 2022 Ford Ranger has been leaked in an exclusive by Australian car magazine, Wheels.
The new Ford Ranger is currently being developed by Ford of Australia and will also be sold as a Volkswagen Amarok.
Ford Ranger: Background
The current-generation Ford Ranger, known as the T6, was the first Ranger to be developed by Ford; previously Ford Rangers were rebadged versions of the Mazda BT50. However, Ford of Australia took over development of the Mazda-Ford pickup project in 2011, with Mazda taking a back seat in the operation.
The T6 was launched in 2012 to global acclaim. It raised the standard for pickups in terms of ride and handling, and comfort and refinement, and it was also the first pickup to be launched with a 3.5t towing capacity.
A major facelift came in 2016 and a lighter one in 2019, which coincided with the American relaunch. The latter update saw the replacement of the 2.2 and 3.2-litre engines with a single 2.0-litre ‘EcoBlue’ engine from the Ford Transit, and the introduction of the Ford Ranger Raptor.
Ford Ranger: Development for 2022
The 2022 Ford Ranger is again being developed by Ford of Australia, although there will be significant input from Ford engineers in America. After Mazda decided to walk away from the pickup project, Ford joined forces with Volkswagen and the Ford Ranger 2022 will form the basis of the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok.
Very little is known about the new Ford Ranger 2022. While we know that it will almost certainly be launched with the new 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine, a top executive at Ford has disclosed to Professional Pickup and 4×4 that the Dagenham-built 3.0-litre V6 ‘Power Stroke’ engine, which features in the Ford F150, could make an appearance in the Ford Ranger in the ‘not too distant future’.
This makes sense, given that almost two-thirds of the current-generation Ford Ranger are sold with the larger 3.2-litre five-cylinder engine.
The images reveal that the upcoming Ford Ranger could share a lot of design elements with the current Ford F-150. The C-shaped LED headlights, wide, six-point chrome grille, square foglights and darkened multi-spoke alloy wheels are clearly inspired by the world’s best-selling pickup,
While we’re not doubting that the images that have been leaked are genuine, it’s most probably an early draft and is therefore likely to change in the years leading up to the launch.