We’re supposed to be holding our horses because the Ford Bronco pickup truck was officially canceled. However, the next-generation Ford Ranger could be transforming into a Bronco truck. This is just speculation but check out these clues about the 2022 Ford Ranger.
The 2022 Ford Ranger is gaining Bronco parts
Say hello to the Ford Ranger Raptor Bronco. Alright, so that’s not an official name. But we do know that the next-generation Ford Ranger will ride on the same platform as the Bronco. So, that’s putting a truck on the Bronco platform.
Here is how the plot thickens. The Ford Bronco is available with two engines:
- The 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine pumps out 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque.
- The 2.7-liter V6 engine provides 330 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque.
Rumors suggest that the Ranger will be available will both of these powertrain options. The truck with the more powerful engine will be known as the Ranger Raptor. However, there’s a chance that the upgrades could be for the 2023 Ford Ranger.
What to expect with the next-generation Ranger
There was a teaser of the 2022 Ford Ranger released for Europe. The next-generation Raptor can be seen kicking up dirt, mud, and snow. The video mentions that this Ranger will be available in the fall.
However, in the video, the Ranger looks a little different from spy shots captures in America. The European truck still has more of a rounded shape. The camouflaged truck in the United States has a much boxier shape, like the Bronco.
But it’s not uncommon for Europe to have different Ford Ranger models. They have turbo-charged diesel Rangers over there. We suspect that we could get a different Raptor as the successful models continue doing their thing in Australia, South America, and other markets.
Also, despite being heavily covered in camouflage, you can see that the 2022 Ranger has C-shaped headlights like the Ford Maverick. The Maverick rides on the same platform as the Ford Escape and Bronco Sport.
What will the American Ranger be like?
When the Ford Ranger was reintroduced in the United States, it was only new to us. Ford updated a truck that has been available in other markets since 2011. But we might get a brand new model in 2023.
The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor could be specifically designed for the American market to battle the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. A Ranger Raptor that looks like a smaller Ford F-150 is expected to debut.
Also, the new Ford Raptor could be gaining hybrid engines. Rumors suggest that there could be a 2.3-liter four-cylinder plug-in hybrid variant on the way. The setup provides 362 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. This is an exciting amount of power for a midsize truck.
But to truly be a Bronco truck, the Ranger will need a removable roof and doors. Getting naked is a crucial aspect for Jeep Wrangler, Gladiator, and Bronco fans. The European model doesn’t look like the roof is removable.
We will have to keep an eye out for more clues. Until then, the possibility for a Ranger Raptor Bronco truck is there. Evidence suggests that the next-generation Ranger will share Bronco parts.