Ford brought back Ranger to the US but everyone knew it is not the version that will be available for a long time. Now, the new generation is just around the corner with plenty of updates. The bad things about the 2022 Ford Ranger – we are still stuck with speculations. The redesign is certain, but all other questions are still open. A 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is providing a lot of power and fits into Ford’s plans. But, what about hybrid and Raptor models? These won’t going to use the same engine for sure.
The 2022 Ford Ranger will be based on the new Bronco. That is another thing that annoys fans. The SUV was announced for 2020 and Ford is facing a big delay and disappointments. What’s more important to truckers – they need to wait for updates. When Bronco shows up, we will know more about the upcoming Ranger. Two vehicles could share some design solutions. Of course, experts are sure that similar powertrains will lay under both hoods.
What Will Be New?
Well, the new generation means plenty of changes. Ranger is a worldwide popular truck. Toyota and Nissan are using different nameplates for mid-size pickups outside the US. Ford is not doing that, although we can find examples in other classes. So, we are gathering rumors and details from all around the globe, and the best indications are coming from Australia. There, this ute (local name for pickup trucks) is already spotted. Camouflage panels are hiding all the details we would like to see and share with fans. Spy shots are also unable to provide details about drivetrains. On the other hand, the 2022 Ford Ranger will use different powerplants in different markets.
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2022 Ford Ranger Raptor
The company is updating the look of the 2022 Ford Ranger. We can probably find some clues by comparing the pickup to the latest releases by the Blue Oval manufacturer. But, more important things are under the bonnet. As said, the 2.3-liter turbo-four is quite capable, creating more than 300 hp and towing 7,500 pounds (more than many trucks with V6 engines). But, US buyers are demanding more options.
For example, the 2022 Ranger could get reinforcement with a V6 unit. Still, most flagship vehicles are using turbocharged configurations. A 2.3-liter engine is a main source of power for the legendary Mustang, and large SUVs, such as Expedition and Lincoln Navigator are getting energy from a twin-turbo V6.
The 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor is a big wish and the company would make a bad move if this version doesn’t become a part of the lineup. More power is needed. Engineers might aim for 350 horsepower we already can get from some SUVs. Of course, there will be many upgrades on the body.
Can We See the Hybrid Truck?
Finally, the new generation of the 2022 Ford Ranger could bring something revolutionary. The US carmaker is already electrifying the lineup, but dealerships are not offering hybrid trucks yet. It could be changed with the upcoming Ranger. One of the ideas is to borrow a hybrid setup from Explorer, and some sources are mentioning the PHEV system from the Lincoln Aviator.