Though the all-new, next-generation Ford Ranger was recently revealed in international market form, the 2022 Ford Ranger will soon enter production and mark the beginning of the end for the long-running current-gen model. Back in September, Ford Authority reported that 2022 Ford Ranger production was scheduled to begin at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant on December 13th, 2021. However, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that 2022 Ranger production has been pushed back two days, to December 15th, 2021.
This news comes on the heels of word that 2022 Ford Bronco production has also been pushed back by five days at the Michigan Assembly Plant, as Ford Authority reported yesterday. The Bronco model-year changeover was originally scheduled to occur on December 15th, 2021, but was just pushed back to December 20th, 2021. As always, these dates are subject to change, particularly in light of a number of supply chain issues, including the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage.
While we await the arrival of the all-new next-gen Ranger, the 2022 model year will bring about a few changes for the mid-size pickup. The most notable is the addition of the Splash Package. Resurrecting a name that was last used by the automaker on the 1993-1998 Ranger as a distinctive model within the former compact pickup’s lineup, the Splash Package features a host of exterior and interior updates that give it a unique, throwback look.
The 2022 Ranger Splash Limited Edition builds upon the Splash Package by offering the same upgrades, plus the addition of unique exterior hues. Every few months throughout the year, Ford will reveal a new Splash Limited Edition pickup, each sporting its own one-of-a-kind color. Only a few hundred of each will be produced in total, beginning with the Snow Edition.
As Ford Authority recently reported, the 2022 Ranger will also be available with a unique pixelated graphics option, which runs from right behind the fender badge, along the driver and passenger doors, and then begins to break up as it reaches the rear passenger door handle. The 2022 Ford Ranger was also recently named Consumer Reports‘ highest-rated American pickup truck to boot.