Just like we can hear rumors about the comeback of Chevy El Camino, there are also many sources that speculate about the possible comeback of Ford’s famous nameplate, in the form of the 2022 Ford Ranchero. As you probably know, pickup trucks are getting more and more popular and they aren’t just working mules anymore. They are also a part of the culture, where thousands of drivers want to have a pickup truck, even though they don’t have to tow and haul all that much.
This is the main reason why we can find a lot of reports about the 2022 Ford Ranchero comeback. Still, the most probable scenario is to see a model that won’t have too many things in common with the original Ranchero. Instead of a typical coupe ute layout, we would rather see something similar to the new Bronco Sport-based unibody pickup truck. However, this one could be offered in developing markets, such as China, South America etc.
2022 Ford Ranchero Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the most probable scenario is to see a unibody pickup truck, designed for parts of the world like China, South America etc. In other words, this model would be pretty simple and affordable, while the famous nameplate would serve to boost initial sales.
In other words, the new 2022 Ford Ranchero would probably be based on something small and affordable. The first thing that comes to mind is the compact Focus, which would be a perfect suit for such a design. The new Ranchero would feature the same mechanics, with a couple of suspension upgrades. Furthermore, we would see a lot of similarities in terms of styling as well, especially at the front. The 2022 Ford Ranchero would feature a similar design language at the front, which would be adapted to the new pickup body. Naturally, there is plenty of room for exclusive details as well.
When it comes to the interior design, we presume that the dashboard would look the same as in the new Focus. That would mean a car-like cabin design, with fine materials and good build quality. Of course, this would also mean a lot of tech features, which would make this cabin look even more upscale.
when it comes to interior layout, it’s hard to imagine a car-based pickup with a single cab these days. Still, such a version may be offered for commercial purposes. On the other hand, the core of the offer should be a double cab variant.
2022 Ford Ranchero Engines
Considering that the 2022 Ford Ranchero would be based on Focus, we would expect a similar engine lineup as well. This means that base versions would probably come with a naturally-aspirated 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, which puts out around 123 horsepower. Of course, turbocharged engines would be available too. We are thinking of the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, which comes in two output variants – with either 150 or 180 horsepower.
Naturally, there’s also a chance to see a diesel version, especially a new 1.5-liter turbodiesel with around 120 horses. All models should come with either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
2022 Ford Ranchero Release Date
At this point, the officials are still quiet about the 2022 Ford Ranchero. However, we shouldn’t neglect rumors completely. They suggest the new model could arrive already in the next year.
How About Mustang-Based Ranchero?
The original Rancheros were coupe utes. In other words, they were muscle cars with the pickup-like body. Such vehicles were pretty popular during the 60s and 70s but these days, they don’t seem that appealing at all. However, we can find reports that suggest a scenario where the new 2022 Ford Ranchero would stick with its original layout. Of course, that would mean a Mustang-based layout.
Such a design would provide excellent performances. The new model would share the platform with the famous pony car, as well as the engines. Moreover, we would also see a lot of styling similarities, especially at the front. Still, chances to see such a layout are almost zero.