Ford Ranger of the fourth generation received a fresh design, new mechanics and improved practicality.
Ford today unveiled its fourth-generation Ranger pickup truck. The Ranger is one of Ford’s best-selling pickup trucks worldwide, and this next-generation Ranger debuts with new powertrains, a bold new exterior design that evokes the larger Ford F-150 pickup truck and Bronco SUVs, and a completely updated interior. The new Ford Ranger will go on sale in international markets by the end of 2022.
- New Ford Ranger styling inspired by the F-150 and the Bronco SUV
- Equipped with a number of gasoline and diesel engines
- A new electrified variant has also been confirmed
Ford Ranger 2022: exterior design
The new Ford Ranger has received a fresh design at the front with a larger grille with a horizontal stripe that displays the Ford badge, as well as new “C-clamp” daytime running lights. It’s also 50mm wider than its predecessor, giving it a wider stance. The front bumper has a soft arc-like finish, silver skid plates with tow hook elements and blacked-out fog lamp surrounds.
The new tailgate design features the Ranger name stamped into the metal, while the sides have slightly more pronounced wheel arches with an integrated step on either side of the bumper for easier access to the bed. Ford also gave the pickup LED lights on both ends. Although the design is completely new, it is still easily recognizable as a Ranger. In fact, this new design language is also likely to feature on the next-gen Ford Everest (known as Endeavor in India), which is likely to make its world premiere next year.
Just like the previous model, the new Ranger will be offered in a variety of body styles and trim levels, including the Ranger Raptor performance variant and more luxurious models such as the popular Wildtrak. In addition, Ford will offer around 600 official accessories from launch.
Ford Ranger 2022: interior and features
The interior of the new Ford Ranger also received a fresh design. The central place on the instrument panel is occupied by a new 10.0- or 12-inch – depending on processing – portrait-oriented touchscreen with the latest version of the Ford Sync4 infotainment system. The screen is flanked by vertical vents on either side and a bunch of climate control buttons below. The dashboard has a clean, minimalist look with an all-black theme and premium soft-touch materials.
The fully digital instrument cluster allows drivers to customize the information displayed and adapt the display to suit six new driving modes (previously only available on the Raptor). However, many of the off-road controls are now available on the touchscreen, and there’s also a dedicated off-road screen that includes data on the vehicle’s transmission, steering angle, pitch and roll angles, as well as other useful information and controls.
Ford has also added a few features to the cargo bed, including new clamps built into the tailgate to turn you into a mobile workbench for storing cutting materials. A plastic cover on the edges of the body prevents damage to the body and hides the attachment points of the structure for easy attachment of canopies or covers. Molded slots in the bed now allow dividers to be installed to personalize the box.
Ford Ranger 2022: options for power units
The current 2.0-litre diesel engine from the previous model was retained, architecturally unchanged with only minor changes for cooling. There will be two single-turbo variants and one twin-turbo variant, with power figures yet to be confirmed.
A new 3.0-litre V6 diesel has also been added to the line-up, and while this has yet to be officially detailed, it will no doubt tout performance stats to top the 210bhp, 498Nm available in today’s most powerful Ranger. A 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine will also be available in select markets.
New five- and six-speed manual transmissions replace the current units, along with a revised 10-speed automatic that’s lighter and has narrower gear ratios for improved low-rpm towing. The gear shift itself is now an “electronic shifter” with a short throw and an electronic parking brake, which will allow the Ranger to get more driver assistance systems and semi-autonomous driving features in the future.
For the first time, Ford will offer two different versions of all-wheel drive in the Ranger: a base system that offers prompt manual selection of all-wheel drive, and a more advanced system with electronically controlled on-demand.
An electric version of the Ford Ranger has been confirmed
Ford also confirmed that the new Ranger will be available with an electric drivetrain, although it did not provide any details on specifications or timeframes. The company will make its European commercial vehicle line zero-emissions by 2024, so the most likely format for the Ranger is a plug-in hybrid, with various reports suggesting it will be based on a 2.3-liter Ecoboost engine.
Ford Ranger for India
By the way, the Ford Ranger of the previous generation was seen several times in India. In fact, Ford had planned to launch the Ranger Raptor in India in the second half of this year, as we have reported last December. The automaker intended to import the pickup as a CBU on the non-homologation route for 2,500 units. However, how Ford has closed its operations in the countryit seems unlikely that this model will now be released in our country.
Ford is expected to continue selling fully imported models like the Mustang Mach-e in India in the future.
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