The next-generation Ranger is probably one of Ford's worst-kept secrets. As early as 2019, we already had an idea what it will look after lawyers admitted that the leaked photo posted by Australian publication 'Wheels' is in fact the all-new Ranger.
Fast forward to the present day, and the Blue Oval has confirmed that the next-gen pick-up is set to debut this year. While we initially thought that it was going to have an F-150-like design, the Ranger will actually look more like the Maverick as seen from spy photos last week. But just how much will it actually look like Ford's new small pick-up?
Thanks to new (and clearer) photos posted by a user at Ford Ranger Club Thailand, we can confidently say that it will look pretty similar. While the bumper and foglights appear to have been carried over from the outgoing generation, the C-shaped headlights with LED daytime running lights, along with the dual-port style grille are all-new.
Despite the unique livery still hiding most of the bodywork, we did notice that the new Ranger appears to have a new clamshell hood complete with a 'power bulge'. Even the front fenders look to be all-new as they feature a redesigned shape near the headlights.
Also worth mentioning are its new set of alloy wheels. Depending on the variant, the low- to mid-range models could get the simple five-spoke wheels. The higher-grade versions, meanwhile, might get the more stylish diamond-cut alloy wheels. There are no available photos of the Ranger's rear, but we do know it will have new LED taillights as seen from one of their teasers.
The exact powertrain specifications for the 2022 Ranger are still a mystery. More than likely, however, it will continue to use Ford's 2.0-liter EcoBlue turbo-diesel engine. In the 4x2 variants, the engine makes use of a single-turbo setup that puts out 180 PS with 420 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, 4x4 and Ranger Raptor models come with a twin-turbo setup that cranks out 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual and a ten-speed automatic will likely be the transmission options for the next-gen Ranger.
Ford is still not saying when they will reveal the all-new Ranger. But given that they're busy testing it in Thailand, we might not have to wait that long.