Global 2022 Ford Ranger gets tougher styling, new 10-speed trans

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The new global 2022 Ford Ranger looks quite tough in the Wildtrac trim.

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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 a 2022 global Ranger (read: not a US model) and we’re already jealous of the truck that will soon be available to folks overseas.

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The most noticeable difference between our current Ranger and this new Ranger is the exterior styling. it borrows from vagabond And 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 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 and love from the existing Ford product suite. Of course, as you’ll see in the press photos, they also get the option of a manual transmission, which makes us quite jealous.

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The new Ranger gets a big step up inside with a portrait-style infotainment screen that runs Sync 4.

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.

Other super cool features include a new integrated rear side-step behind the rear wheels which makes access to the bed a lot easier. There’s also a Cool Zone lighting system that can be controlled either through the vehicle screen or through the My Ford Pass app, which should prove to be a boon for those who step out of their trucks.

The Global Ranger will debut in two flavors: XLT and Wildtrack, 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.

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