Next-gen Ford Ranger - first official details, pictures and video

  • The first official pictures and details of the all-new Ford Ranger
  • See the 2022 Ranger in action on video, driving fast off-road 
  • Plus we've got leaked images of an undisguised new Ranger prototype

Ford has released the first official pictures - and video - of the next-generation Ford Ranger pickup truck. Though still covered in a heavy disguise at this stage, the new Ranger will be revealed in full later in 2021 and go on sale in 2022. Here's what we know so far, plus some early spy photos of an undisguised prototype in Australia.

The 2022 Ford Ranger will also form the basis of the new Volkswagen Amarok.

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What's Ford said about the new Ranger so far?

There are no concrete technical details yet, but Ford has made some interesting statements to go with the pictures, and released a video of the new Ranger in action.

Ford describes the 2022 Ranger as 'Embracing superior off-road credentials and Ford's dynamic driving DNA', and says it will be 'the toughest, most capable and connected Ranger pickup yet.'

It's also apparently been developed 'with the customer front of mind'. Which is good to know, assuming you are the right type of customer...

Watch the official new Ranger video below, and we'll explain why we say that.

What's notable about the video is that it seems to be focused more on lifestyle than outright working capability. This perhaps reflects the global nature of the Ranger now, which is sold all around the world - including the USA - and is being developed primarily in Australia, a vehicle marketplace that's dominated by pickup trucks, known there as utes (short for utility vehicles, but you probably don't need us to tell you that).

We'd expect more of the working aspects of the new Ford pickup to be given greater prominence as the Ranger gets closer to being fully revealed and going on sale. 'At its core, the next-generation Ranger will be the ideal partner for work, famaily and play,' Ford says.

2022 Ford Ranger disguised prototype, official image, close-up

We'll bring you more technical details as soon as we have them, including confirmation or not of the rumours that new Ranger is based on an updated version of the current chassis, rather than being a ground-up re-design.

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What about undisguised images?

Back in early 2019, Parkers' Australian cousins at Wheels got themselves quite a scoop – which they were kind enough to share with us. What you’re looking at below are two early pictures of what appears to be the next-generation Ford Ranger pickup truck.

What makes these leaked images the next-generation Ford Ranger?

You can see there are no badges on this partially covered pickup, but as Wheels points out, there are a number of styling features that seem to show a close family resemblance to the newly revealed Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup for the 2020 model year (pictured below).

2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty, red, splashing through water

The F-250 is one of the bigger Ford trucks sold in the USA. Clearly if this is the next-gen Ranger it’s taking even greater cues from the Blue Oval’s American pickup truck line in the way it looks.

Compare the spy shots with the disguised official images at the top of this page, and it looks pretty clear to us that 2022 Ranger is turning out pretty close to these early prototypes.

But is there any proof that this is the next-generation Ford Ranger?

Given this vehicle – described by Wheels as a prototype – was apparently snapped in an ‘outer Melborne suburb’ with no visible badging and blacked out windows (so we can’t even try and match the interior to current models) you might expect a big company like Ford to simply go into full denial mode and basically ignore the photos’ existence.

Is this the next-generation Ford Ranger? Rear view

However, when American website Jalopnik also ran the pictures (with Wheels’ permission), it received a legal notice from Ford asking it to take them down as they were ‘copyrighted images of a Ford automobile’ the company ‘believed were released in violation of a non-disclosure agreement’.

As Jalopnik has no knowledge of any NDA, and believes the pictures to be in the public interest – given the huge popularity of the Ranger – it hasn’t taken them down.

All our info is based on what Wheels and Jalopnik have already reported, and as such is already in the public domain.

What’s happening with the current Ford Ranger at the moment?

The current Ranger is going out in style, with a trio of recently launched limited editions - the Wolftrak and Stormtrak, plus a special edition version of the high-performance Ranger Raptor. A stylish MS-RT Ranger has also joined the line-up in 2021.

We'll bring you more info about the all-new Ford Ranger as soon as we have it.

Also read:

>> Our Ford Ranger (2011-on) review

>> Ford and VW to form strategic alliance to build new vans and pickups

>> Next-gen VW Amarok official pictures and details

>> The best pickups you can buy now

>> New pickups coming soon