The Ford Ranger will see the addition of a colorful Splash Package with a unique orange paint scheme and bold side graphics. Interestingly, Ford says it plans to add additional Splash Limited Edition variants in "one-time-only" colors over the course of the model year to provide shoppers with a greater sense of customization. The Splash Package will be available on XLT and Lariat trims in a SuperCrew configuration for an additional cost of $1,495.
Ford has not yet issued an announcement about the U.S. arrival of the Ranger Raptor. Speculation has been rampant about the high-performance variant, which would join the F-150 Raptor with aggressive styling and off-road capability. Early reports suggested the current Ranger Raptor would not be brought stateside. But there are internal rumblings that Ford’s global team is hard at work on a new platform that could be shared with the Bronco.
Full 2022 Ranger specs have not yet been announced. Under its hood, we see no reason for Ford to abandon the Ranger’s current powertrain, which includes a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Ford may make a few modifications to bring power up or fuel consumption down, but this engine has plenty of good life left in it. A diesel variant appears unlikely due to emissions regulations.
In terms of safety features, the current Ranger has the automatic emergency braking the IIHS likes and optional blind-spot monitors and adaptive cruise. We expect the 2022 Ford Ranger to keep all this and add any other new goodies the automaker comes up with between now and its release. Safety in specialty vehicles like the Ranger Raptor can be tough, as too many nannies take away the fun and too few can lead to poor safety scores. Fortunately, the F-150 Raptor sets a precedent by offering all the F-150’s safety goodies as standard or optional equipment, so we expect the Ranger Raptor to keep safety a priority.