We’ve only had the Ranger back in America for a few years, but the rest of the world has been enjoying this mid-sized truck for centuries—and now, there’s going to be a new one. On Wednesday, Ford announced its next-generation 2022 Global Ranger, and we’re already envious of the truck that will soon be available to folks overseas. (Ford executives tell Roadshow that a new North American-spec Ranger is coming, but can’t say when.)
The most noticeable difference between our current Ranger – a pretty dated truck – and it’s new exterior is the styling. Borrows from new modelAnd a little too much from the Bronco, which makes a boxier, more solid looking mid-size truck. It’s not wildly different from the current Ranger, but it’s more modern and different enough to make an impression.
We’re pretty limited on their Ranger powertrain options here in the US, but elsewhere in the world, they have all kinds of gasoline and diesel engine options, including a beefy V6 turbodiesel. Additionally, global consumers now get the 10-speed automatic transmission we know from the existing Ford product lineup. Of course, as you’ll see in the press photos, many markets around the world also offer a manual transmission option, which makes us quite jealous.
Inside, things look good, with the main focus of the interior being the 10.1-inch or optional 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system running the Sync 4. Like the Mustang Mach-E, which also uses Sync 4, the Ranger has a ton of vehicle settings and mode selections that go through the screen, rather than physical controls. We don’t like this approach from a functional standpoint, but it cleans up the look of the interior, and clearly, today’s North American Ranger has lagged behind in terms of interior technology and cabin finishes.
Other super cool Global Ranger features include a new integrated rear side-step behind the rear wheels that will make access to the bed a lot easier. like today’s full size, there’s also a neat zone lighting system that can be controlled either through the vehicle screen or via the My Ford Pass app, which should prove to be a boon for those who step out of their trucks.
Ford’s Global Ranger is debuting in two flavors: XLT and Wildtrac, the latter being geared towards off-roading and other outdoor activities. Shortly after the Ranger’s launch, Ford will have about 600 accessories available for the truck, including a new line of off-road accessories developed in association with the legendary equipment brand ARB.
This new 2022 Ranger for the rest of the world will be produced at Ford’s facilities in Thailand and South Africa, with more precise launch dates expected soon. Similarly, Ford is silent about the prices at this point of time as well. we? We’re hoping the next North American Ranger will lean soon, as it lags behind the rest of Ford’s truck lineup in terms of technology and refinement – and that’s true even when compared to the much cheaper unibody .,