New look and engine options for the 2022 Ford Ranger

New look and engine options for the 2022 Ford Ranger

30 November 2021 | Kate Kozlowska | 8 min read

Although the current model of the Ford Ranger has been on sale since 2011, its popularity remains high. It ranked fifth in the UK's light commercial vehicle sales in 2020 with just over 13 thousand units sold, making it the only pick-up to make the top 10. 

The Ford Ranger undergoes a redesign for its 2022 model

With the UK's best-selling pickup truck redesigned for its fourth generation, Ford has announced that an electric powertrain will join the lineup at a later date. Let's see what the new Ranger truck has in store.


A new look for the 2022 Ranger pick-up

Ford's new Ranger features a design that draws inspiration from Ford's F-150 pickup truck and new Bronco SUV. 2022 Ranger truck is 5cm wider which makes the stance broader. There is a new larger radiator grille that features a horizontal bar emblazoned with the Ford logo and running across the front of the truck up to the new C-clamp daytime running lights.   

Among the new features on the 2022 Ranger is a new tailgate with the Ranger name stamped into the metal along with a new side profile with more pronounced wheel arches and a step integrated into either side of the rear bumper for easier loading into the bed. Both ends now have LED lights.

The new 2022 Ford Ranger truck offers new engine options

There is no change to the architecture of the current 2.0-litre Ford Ranger diesel engine, and only minor changes have been made to the cooling system. There will be three new engine options: two single-turbocharged models and one twin-turbocharged model. The power ratings for each haven't been confirmed yet though. 

The 3.0-litre diesel V6 engine has also been added, and while the details are yet to be announced, it will surely boost performance figures to surpass the Ranger's current most powerful engine, which produces 210 bhp and 367 lb-ft of torque. In some markets, there will also be a turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.

Will there be an electric Ford Ranger?

Ford also confirmed that the new Ranger truck would be available with an electrified drivetrain, although it did not offer any further information. By 2024, the company will have made its entire European commercial vehicle line-up zero emissions, so a plug-in hybrid Ford Ranger is a likely format for this popular pickup. It is also expected to be powered by a 2.3-litre Ecoboost engine.

Gearboxes for the 2022 Ranger truck have undergone some changes

A new five- and six-speed manual gearbox replaces the current units, while a revised 10-speed automatic has a tighter ratio for improved towing performance at low revs. 

As for the gearshift itself, it has been replaced by a short-throw “e-shifter” with an electronic parking brake. This will allow the Ranger pick-up to acquire more driver assistance systems and semi-automated driving features in the future.

Two options for controlling the drivetrain

For the first time, Ford is offering two different versions of its four-wheel-drive system in its top-selling pickup truck.  There will be a basic manual mode selection system and a more advanced electronic system that can be controlled on-demand.

Different body styles and trims for the 2022 Ranger pickup

The new 2022 Ranger truck will be available in different body styles and trim levels, including Ford's Raptor Performance variant as well as upscale models like the Wildtrak pickup, offering premium materials, 10in or 12in portrait touchscreen and Ford's newest Sync4 infotainment system.

New digital instrument cluster with customisable information 

Drivers can customise the information shown in front of them with a fully digital instrument cluster and adapt its display to suit the six new driving modes (previously only available in Raptors). Off-roading controls are now found in the touchscreen, and there is a special off-roading screen view with information on the driveline, steering angle, vehicle pitch and roll angles, among other helpful information.

Introducing the new Ranger's load bed!

An onboard inverter in the rear with 400 watts of power, along with new exterior zone lighting covering the load bed and its surroundings will improve the usability of the new Ranger pick-up

Among the new features for the load bed are also clamps built into the tailgate so it that can be used as a mobile workbench, for example for cutting materials.

It also has shaped slots in the load bed which can be fitted with dividers to allow customisation of the load box. New plastic capping on the load bed edges prevents damage to the body and hides structural anchoring points. 

Q&A about the new 2022 Ford Ranger pick up

Rob Hugo, Ford Ranger dynamic experiences supervisor, answers some questions about the 2022 Ranger truck.

The Ranger's wheelbase has been increased and widened. Will it impact the pickup's performance?

“We started with giving the Ranger a wider track width and [50mm-] longer wheelbase. We brought the front wheels closer to the front of the vehicle, which improves your approach angle, and increased the axle articulation, which allows the Ranger to behave more car-like on the road and more capable off-road. We’ve moved the rear dampers further outboard, which allowed us to tune a more controlled on-road ride. That means customers experience a more consistently comfortable ride.”

There are both selectable and 4WD 4x4 systems. Why?

"That part-time shift-on-the-fly 4x4 system is for more traditional enthusiast off-roaders. But we’re now offering an automated four-wheel drive, where it distributes the torque between the front and rear axles smartly and intelligently as the customer demands, whether towing or on grass, gravel or ice and snow. That was driven by what we recognised the customers were after.”

What about driving modes and touchscreen functionality for off-roading?

“You don’t have to hunt for a rear differential lock or hill descent control. There’s a single touch button on the console that takes you to everything you need in one place on the screen. There are details of exactly what they do to the vehicle and certain modes will engage the diff lock and certain modes will disengage, so we have that hard button to select the drive modes.”

When can we expect the new Ford Ranger to go on sale and what will be the cost?

A price announcement will be made closer to the launch of the new version, with the order books expected to open in late 2022. 


We are very excited about the new Ford Ranger and can't wait to be able to offer you some great leasing deals on this amazing pickup truck! In the meantime, if you need a pickup right now, we offer great lease deals on Ranger Wildtrak pickups in stock.

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