The all-new international market Ford Ranger and Ranger Raptor were revealed back in November and February, respectively, but the next-generation pickups won’t be launching simultaneously across the globe. Both of those trucks are slated to launch in the U.S. sometime next year, as well as in Australia this summer. However, the very first shipment of the next-gen 2022 Ford Ranger just left Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) as the new pickup is now ready to ship to customers in Thailand and other global markets.
“We take great pride in being the lead plant to produce the next-generation Ford Ranger and deliver a world-class quality pickup truck to our customers not only in Thailand but around the world. Our employees are proud to show their full potential to produce the vehicle and deliver this exciting product to our customers with quality,” said Vinko Saric, plant manager, Ford Thailand Manufacturing.
This launch is notable because, as Ford Authority reported last month, the 2022 Ford Ranger launch has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 related lockdowns in China, where 91 suppliers are responsible for 393 different parts used on the new pickup.
Regardless, there are quite a few changes coming to the brand new next-gen Ranger over the coming years, mainly in terms of powertrains. For starters, the new Ranger is also the basis of the next-gen Volkswagen Amarok, though the two will be distinctive from each other. An EV variant of the mid-size pickup is also reportedly in the works, while the Ranger Raptor is likely to get a hybrid powerplant with more power at some undetermined point in the future as well.