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2022 Ford Ranger spotted again! Even more details emerge of upcoming Toyota HiLux rival as Australian launch nears

The 2022 Ford Ranger will be fully revealed before the end of the year.

Ford might be taking the slow road to the new-generation Ranger’s reveal, but that hasn’t stopped even more spy pictures surfacing online, this time showing three different variants of the incoming Toyota HiLux rival.

According to Ranger6G, the new image shows off an XLT, FX4 and Wildtrak clad in full camouflage in Thailand – where the 2022 Ranger will be built for the Australian market.

While the camouflage hides most of the detail, the Ranger’s new Maverick- and F-150-inspired front end is on full display with C-shaped daytime running lights and a grille split by two horizontal bars.

Other details glimpsed include roof rails for the Wildtrak, chrome foglight surrounds for the FX4 and new alloy-wheel designs.

The Wildtrak also wears a different grille design with thicker elements, while the FX4 sports what appears to be a diamond-pattern grille.

Last week, images of the new Ranger testing in Thailand showed the new car with rear disc brakes, a notable upgrade from the drum brakes of the current car and many other utes in the same class.

(Image credit: South Auckland Motors) (Image credit: South Auckland Motors)

More details like the interior and engine line-up are still being kept under wraps for now, but the former should be headlined by Ford’s Sync4 system that debuted with the Mustang Mach-E.

As for the latter, the ageing 118kW/385Nm 2.2-litre and 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre turbo-diesel engines in the current Ranger are expected to be phased out.

Rumours point to a single-turbo version of the 157kW/500Nm 2.0-litre biturbo-diesel found under the bonnet of the current Ranger Raptor X flagship, though tuned to just 130kW/420Nm for base grades.

The aforementioned 2.0-litre biturbo is expected to carryover though, proliferating across most of the 2022 Ranger variants, whereas it is currently locked away as an option for higher-end grades like the XL, XLT, FX4 and Wildtrak.

However, the big unconfirmed rumour is the introduction of a pair of V6 engines that will slot into high-spec Rangers, namely a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel with around 185kW/600Nm on tap and a 230kW/540Nm 2.7-litre twin-turbo petrol borrowed from the Bronco that shares the same platform.

Ford Australia is also committed to bolstering its ranks with more electrified models in the near future, with a plug-in version of the Ranger a possibility to join the already-confirmed Escape PHEV and e-Transit.

Image credit: William Vicente Image credit: William Vicente

Of note, Ford is yet to officially show off the front-end of its new Ranger, with a full reveal set before year’s end and an expected Australian market-introduction in 2022.

The new-gen Ranger will also many components with the upcoming Volkswagen Amarok, though details and styling on the latter are yet to be revealed.