To date, Ford Authority spies have spotted the forthcoming 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor driving around in various colors numerous times. Following its reveal in late February, the next-generation 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor was also spotted by those same spies in early April finished in a gray hue. Now, Ford Authority spies have come across a 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor finished in Blue Lightning driving around, giving us yet another real-world look at the new high-performance off-road-focused pickup.
The all-new Ranger Raptor borrows quite a few styling cues from its predecessor and other models such as the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ford Bronco Raptor with a far more aggressive look than the regular Ranger. That starts up front with a familiar grille treatment boasting “Ford” script in the center, C-clamp headlights, matrix LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, and a vented hood.
Moving down the side, we can see more aggressive styling cues including flared wheel arches, functional air vents, cast-aluminum side steps, and unique 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, though the off-road-oriented pickup may get a street performance tire option in the future. This particular prototype is also equipped with a camouflaged bed cap, which is designed to conceal whatever lies underneath.
In the rear, the redesigned Ranger Raptor can be distinguished from regular Ranger models thanks to its LED taillights, Raptor badging, and a Precision Grey rear bumper with an integrated step pad and towbar tucked up high to preserve the truck’s departure angle.
2022 Ford Ranger Raptor order banks are already open in Europe, though the pickup has been delayed in Australia, where it will cost significantly more than the U.S. However, American customers interested in the Ranger Raptor will have to wait until next year to get one, as it and the regular Ranger aren’t scheduled to launch in the U.S. until 2023.
Looking ahead, in addition to the possible street performance tire option, the Ford Ranger Raptor could get a more powerful hybrid variant later on in its life cycle. However, while the regular Ranger will serve as the basis for the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok, there will be no VW version of the Ranger Raptor.