New Ford Ranger breaks cover with new petrol and V6 diesel engines

New 2022 Ford Ranger pickup has a more imposing design and shares platform with the Volkswagen Amarok

  • Fully electric Ranger coming later
  • UK deliveries expected to start in early 2023
  • Styling inspired by big Ford F-150 truck

The new Ford Ranger pickup has been unveiled. It ushers in a tough new look, high-tech equipment and extra practicality, and will share its underpinnings with the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok.

Two new engines have been introduced to the Ranger lineup. A 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine will sit at the top of the range, while a petrol engine will be available to UK Ranger drivers for the first time. It’s a 2.3-litre EcoBoost, just like the engine in the Ford Focus ST, while it’s thought the 3.0-litre diesel will be similar to the one fitted in the now-withdrawn current Amarok. The existing 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel will be retained.

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The V6 diesel Ranger will get a permanent four-wheel-drive system, while cheaper, more work-focused models will get selectable four-wheel drive. Lower-spec models will get either a five or six-speed manual, while more expensive versions will be sold with Ford’s 10-speed automatic, used in the outgoing Ranger and in the Ford Mustang.

Inside, the tech count is set to rise. New equipment will include a 360-degree camera to aid parking and off-road driving, plus a wider range of driving modes and Ford’s latest SYNC 4 infotainment system.

The all-round camera is likely to come in handy, given that the new Ford Ranger is 50mm wider than its predecessor. The growth in size makes it easier to load pallets. Other practicality improvements include new side steps in the rear bumper, flexible cargo dividers and lights in the load bay, and a ruler integrated into the tailgate.

The outgoing Ranger has arguably made pickup trucks more popular with UK buyers, and the new one will look to continue the success of its predecessor. It’ll rival the Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Isuzu D-Max and SsangYong Musso, plus the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok.

Ford has gathered feedback from more than 5,000 customers worldwide, and has detailed some of the extreme testing that the new Ranger has gone through. When it arrives, the all-new Ranger will be sold in 180 countries, and Ford wants to make sure the new model lives up to its own ‘Built Tough’ standards.

Ford says that the testing regime has included around 770,000 miles of testing, with more than half of those miles completed when fully loaded. During its development, the new pickup has covered more than 6,000 miles of desert driving, and a range of extreme simulation tests, including one where a prototype was shaken continuously in a rig to identify any squeaks or rattles.

You’ll have to wait for the new Ranger. Order books are expected to open at the end of 2022 for European buyers, with first deliveries likely to begin in early 2023. We’ll get full pricing information when the Ranger goes on sale.

Earlier this year, Ford unveiled an electric F-150 Lightning. An electric Ranger is coming later but won’t be available at launch.

See what the new Ranger will be up against by reading our reviews of the Mitsubishi L200 and Volkswagen Amarok.

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