The all-new international market Ford Ranger and Ranger Raptor were revealed back in November and February, respectively, though the mid-size pickup’s launch has been impacted by COVID-19 related lockdowns in China recently, where 91 suppliers are responsible for 393 different parts used on the new model. Regardless, the very first shipment of the next-gen 2022 Ford Ranger just left Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) last week, though the new pickup won’t arrive in Australia as soon as originally expected, according to CarExpert.
The 2022 Ford Ranger and Ranger Raptor were previously scheduled to launch in Australia in June and July, respectively, but those debuts have now been pushed back one month to July and August, while the next-gen Everest will also launch in August. A few of the Ranger pickups that left FTM last week are reportedly headed to that country, however. The Ranger Raptor will retail for $85,490 AUS ($63,935 USD) when it does arrive on Australia’s shores.
“We continue to face global semiconductor and COVID-related supply chain challenges,” a Ford Australia spokesperson said in a statement. “A combination of both of these factors means there will be some wait times, but we’re doing what we can to make them as short as possible. “We expect first arrivals of Ranger in July, with first arrivals of Raptor and Everest in August. We continue to communicate with our dealers so they can keep our customers updated.”
Meanwhile, order books for the next-gen Ranger Raptor just opened up in Europe yesterday, but both it and the regular Ranger have a series of possible changes lined up for the near-future. That includes a more powerful hybrid variant for the Ranger Raptor, as well as a potential street performance tire option, plus an all-electric version of the regular Ranger, which is already reportedly in the works.