We heard through the grapevine recently that some big things are happening over at Ford. The American automaker has been manufacturing the nation’s favorite trucks and SUVs for years now, and they seem to have no intention of letting off the gas pedal any time soon. In this article, we will cover the biggest Ford rumors, including the new Ford Raptor, the 2022 Ford Ranger, and more. There is a lot of talk going around, and we want to cover it all. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
If you have been waiting and waiting to get behind the wheel of the new Ford Raptor, your wait is almost over. The 2021 Ford Raptor has recently been spotted by spies, which means that it is getting closer to being unveiled. Before you know it, it will march onto a Ford dealership lot near you. For the record, the official name for this upcoming truck is the Ford F-150 Raptor. Featuring an upgraded design, new interior, and possibly a few new features, the upcoming Raptor is the off-roading trim of your dreams. There is word that it will be featuring a newly styled grille with a massive Ford nameplate in all-caps and new headlights with daytime running lamps. Other exterior updates include new side mirrors, wheels, and even door handles.
Inside the cabin, the general layout will likely remain the same, but a larger, more advanced infotainment interface will be installed. You can expect to see Sync4 inside this rumbling beast, along with minor changes. What you will not see is the SuperCab body style. This configuration has been removed from the lineup, so say goodbye to that tiny swing-out door. It will still be available in Regular and SuperCrew body styles. Experts also speculate that the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine will not be returning. This powerful motor put out 450 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque, so we are all curious about what will be replacing it. Rumor has it that there will be a diesel option as well as a hybrid model.
2021 Ford Bronco
In an attempt to compete with the popular Jeep Wrangler, rumor has it that Ford will be reviving the iconic Bronco. First released back in 1966, the Bronco was the world’s first SUV for civilians. It paved the way for the modern compact crossovers and full-size SUVs today. Using a body-on-frame design known as the T6, the Bronco will share its platform with the upcoming 2021 Ford Ranger. To compete with the Jeep Wrangler, rumors have it that the Bronco will feature solid rear axles along with an independent front suspension system. The prototypes that have been spotted ride on 17-inch wheels featuring all-terrain tires from Bridgestone. An electronic Turn Assist feature is thought to be included as well to help with making stars turns. It works by using the brakes to lock the rear wheel from the inside. This causes the tire to drag along the ground, which results in a much tighter turning circle for you.
The representatives at Ford have not released very many details about the upcoming Bronco, but we have heard that one of the available trims might be the Raptor. The only other rumor we have heard until now is about the engine. We expect it to be powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, and there may also be a hybrid version that offers low-end torque for enhanced off-roading at low speeds. As for the transmission, it is safe to assume that there will be a 10-speed automatic transmission and perhaps a 7-speed manual transmission to choose from.
Equipped with the upgraded Sync 4 infotainment system, the touchscreen interface sizes will most likely be 8-inches or 10-inches. Bluetooth connectivity, a 4G LTE Wifi hotspot, and compatibility with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are expected to carry over as well. The upcoming Ford Bronco will feature a roll cage design with removable roof panels and perhaps even removable doors. This open-air design will put it in the same category as the popular Jeep Wrangler. So, if you were considering buying a Jeep soon, we would recommend holding off until you can take one of these Broncos out for a spin!
2022 Ford Ranger
Rumored to ride on the same platform as the 2021 Bronco, the 2022 Ford Ranger is the pickup you have been dying to see. It came back on the market in 2019, and the upcoming 2022 version is expected to hit the dealership lots at the end of 2021. This aggressively styled truck will undoubtedly have tongues wagging until then.
Ford enthusiasts are expecting the exterior to get two large chrome bars that bisect the rectangular-shaped grille. It may be very similar to the grille design for the Ford F-150. Wrapped around those two chrome bars are the thin, C-shaped headlights with the square-shaped fog lamps nestled in the front bumper. The pronounced hood will be restyled for a more aggressive design similar to the Super Duty lineup, and the front bumper will have two vertical supports extending upward for an eye-catching front-end style.
On the back, you can likely expect to see that the Ranger logo on the tailgate will have been removed. Both the tailgate handle and the Ford logo could be repositioned in higher spots, and the complex taillight housing units might be given a more squared look to compliment the front foglamp design.
Under the hood, experts speculate that a brand new turbocharged V6 motor will be present. Mated with an optional 7-speed manual transmission, this is a significant step up from the current turbocharged 2.3-liter I-4 motor that rests under the Ranger’s hood. It is also possible that the 2022 Ford Ranger will have a hybrid option. A little birdie suggested that the rumored hybrid Ranger will use an electric motor coupled with the current turbocharged 2.3-liter I-4 engine. The expected output would be about 362 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, and it would most likely be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Diesel powertrains options may also be available.
As for trims, no details have been released yet. Although, we have our fingers crossed that an off-roading Raptor model will be available. No information on the interior has been leaked yet either, but we expect to see at least a 12.2-inch infotainment interface that operates with the Sync 4 system. Compatibility with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE Wifi hotspot is also expected.
If you want to stay up-to-date on all the latest Ford news, keep checking back with us. Our experts are always on the lookout for leaked images and newly released documents confirming or denying the standing rumors about the upcoming vehicles.
If you want to join a waitlist for any of these upcoming vehicles, we encourage you to find your local Ford dealership online. Give them a call or shoot them an email asking if they have a waitlist for any of the 2021 or 2022 Ford vehicles. If they do not have one ready yet, they will probably start one with your name at the top of the list. So get calling!