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Best look yet! 2022 Ford Ranger drops heavy camo to put Toyota HiLux on notice ahead of official reveal in coming months and Australian launch next year

Ford Australia has released a second round of teasers for the next-generation Ranger, and this time around, the new ute has dropped its heavy camouflage to more or less reveal its exterior design ahead of its official debut by the end of this year and local launch in 2022.

That said, the so-called ‘T6.2’ Ranger is now wearing light camouflage, with the vinyl wrap doing its best to conceal the ute’s finer details with a digitised military design that creates an optical illusion.

However, there isn’t much left to the imagination in the image and video you see here, with the Ranger showing off its familiar shape, although there are some obvious differences, including the unique tail-lights and tailgate, with the latter’s handle now placed at the top.

Given the new Toyota HiLux rival is widely expected to be a major update of the current T6 model, its glasshouse appears to unsurprisingly carry over, with the same potentially true of its doors.

We’re yet to get a proper look at the ute’s front fascia, but a glimpse of it can be seen in the video, which includes footage of the side profile, with the enlarged C-shaped daytime running lights and protruding chrome grille bar both prominent parts of the fresh look.

Look past the light camouflage and you’ll see the next-generation Ranger in all its glory. Look past the light camouflage and you’ll see the next-generation Ranger in all its glory.

The Ranger’s interior remains more of a mystery, though, but Ford’s latest Sync4 multimedia system is all but confirmed alongside a large central touchscreen and a digital instrument cluster, with the former possibly in a portrait orientation.

What else the ute has in store is anybody’s guess, but the rumour mill has been in overdrive for a long time now, particularly regarding the engine line-up, which is tipped to be headlined by a pair of V6s.

Specifically, a 3.0-litre single-turbo diesel with about 185kW/600Nm is expected from launch alongside a 2.7-litre twin-turbo petrol with around 230kW/540Nm, while a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) was recently spied testing in Europe ahead of its release later down the line.

The Ranger’s current 157kW/500Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder engine is rumoured to be the only carryover unit, with a 130kW/420Nm single-turbo version of it tipped to be used by entry-level variants. But stay tuned, because we’ll know more soon.