Today’s automotive industry is extremely competitive, no matter the segment. Therefore, sometimes it’s really hard to stand out, even if you offer a unique design and quality features. Sometimes, bringing back a familiar nameplate from the past might be a good trick. That’s why many see the 2022 Ford Ranchero as one of the possibilities for the next year. The legendary coupe/ute was hugely popular during the muscle car era, so there is no doubt that such a nameplate would attract a big number of potential buyers, to consider it at least.
From what we know so far, the new Ranchero won’t be as muscular as the original model. Instead, it will rather concentrate on developing markets, such as Brazil and South America. It will be compact in size and affordable, a perfect commercial vehicle, which will come as a replacement for Courier. We expect to see it by the end of the year.
2022 Ford Ranchero Design
As we’ve just mentioned, this model won’t have too many things in common with legendary Ranchero models from the 60s and 70s. Instead, it will be pretty compact. However, it won’t be as small as the Courier, which featured a Fiesta-based design. Instead, this model will be based on models like Focus and Kuga/Escape. We expect that the 2022 Ford Ranchero will feature pretty much the same mechanics.
On the other side, we count on a styling that will stand out compared to the popular hatch and crossover. Of course, there is the body style, which will come in a typical coupe/ute manner, but the front end should be different as well. Simply, the Escape’s front end seems too sleek for a model like this, so we presume the face would rather resemble Ford’s pickup lineup, models like Ranger and the F-150.
On the other hand, the interior design shouldn’t bring bigger surprises. We presume that things will be pretty much the same as in the aforementioned siblings. We count on the same dashboard design, which looks nice and features decent overall quality. Also, we presume that everything would be toned down for a bit in this case, particularly in terms of materials. Simply, the catch with this model is that it has to be affordable for buyers in developing markets. We don’t believe it could come to North America. In this part of the world, the company prepares the new Ford Maverick.
When it comes to seating configuration, the single cab version will certainly come. Additionally, we believe that the Blue Oval company could pack a version with two rows of seats as well. Though such a variant would be notably more expensive.
2022 Ford Ranchero Engines
When it comes to powertrain, we expect to see the same engines as in Focus and Escape. Therefore, the offer should start with a familiar 1.5-liter inline-three, which comes in a few output variants. Considering the market, we have no doubt that a naturally aspirated version of this engine will be offered in standard models, while the turbocharged version would come as an option. The former puts out 123 horsepower, while the turbocharged unit comes with either 150 or 180 horsepower.
Finally, some believe that the bigger 2.0-liter turbo-four could be offered as well. This one puts out a pretty impressive 250 horsepower and offers strong performance. When it comes to the transmission, a manual gearbox would be standard, while the automatic would be offered with some engines as well.
2022 Ford Ranchero Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2022 Ford Ranchero sometime in the second half of the year, though a more precise date is yet to come. When it comes to the price, we have no doubt that the Blue Oval company will tend to keep this model affordable, so a low 20k range is something we hope for.