Ford Maverick, F-150 Lightning and E-Transit are all-new for 2022.
Off-road-focused Timberline editions arrive for Explorer and refreshed Expedition, Bronco Raptor debuts.
Last model year for Ford GT supercar and EcoSport crossover.
The Ford Motor Company is getting ready for the future, as it recently announced its vehicle electrification plans and investments. It also launched a bunch of new trucks in the past year and can’t build enough of them due to the ongoing microchip shortage.
The Dearborn-based automaker is working on its autonomous vehicle technology as well, which should eventually be available in its production models. Here’s what to expect from Ford in 2022.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E launched last year is a performance-minded five-passenger compact crossover. It’s available in four trim levels, including Select, California Route 1, Premium and GT. For 2022, the battery packs get some modifications, and capacity increases from 68 to 70 kWh for the standard units, and from 88 to 91 kWh in the extended-range units. As a result, driving ranges get slight improvements. Outputs of 266, 290 and 346 horsepower are available, while the top-rung GT boasts 480 hp and up to 634 pound-feet of torque. An Ice White Edition appearance package is optional on the Premium trim, while the GT and GT Performance Edition get a standard black painted roof. Grabber Blue Metallic and Cyber Orange Metallic are now more widely available, and Iced Blue Silver Metallic is new.
The good old Ford Mustang coupe and convertible enters the 2022 model year with five new special editions and eight new color options. Base trims get a turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost inline-four good for 310 horsepower, or 330 hp with the optional High Performance Package. GT and Mach 1 variants are still blessed with a 5.0L V8, but output has dropped from 460 to 450 in the GT, and from 480 to 470 in the Mach 1 due to emissions requirements. The fire-breathing Shelby GT500 is equipped with a supercharged 5.2L V8 that cranks out 760 horsepower. The new special editions include the Ice White Edition Coupe, the California Special or GT/CS edition for the GT, the Coastal Limited Edition and Stealth Edition for EcoBoost-equipped Mustangs as well as the Shelby GT500 Heritage Edition with exclusive Brittany Blue paint and two stripe options.
The Ford GT supercar, whose production is scheduled to wrap up in 2022, will be available with a ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition inspired by the Ford GT that debuted at the New York International Auto Show on April 3rd, 1964. It will be painted in Wimbledon White with Antimatter Blue graphics and a three-bar racing stripe, in addition to exposed carbon fibre trim and 20-inch Antimatter Blue carbon fibre wheels. The track-only GT Mk II edition is also available in very limited quantities. Last year, the GT’s twin-turbo 3.5L V6 received an increase from 647 to 660 horsepower.
After being thoroughly redesigned for the 2021 model year, the Ford F-150 gets minor changes for 2022. It offers several powertrain options, including a 290-hp 3.3L V6, a 325-hp twin-turbo 2.7L V6, a 400-hp 5.0L V8, a 400-hp twin-turbo 3.5L V6 (450 hp in the F-150 Raptor) and a 430-hp 3.5L PowerBoost hybrid V6, but the turbo-diesel 3.0L V6 has been shelved. For 2022, the F-150 gets a semi-autonomous driving system called BlueCruise, which was called Active Drive Assist on select pre-prepped 2021 models, and the rip-snorting F-150 Raptor R should make its debut with the Shelby GT500’s supercharged 5.2L V8 engine.
The big news is the arrival of the F-150 Lightning, a fully electric variant of Ford’s best-selling pickup. With the standard-range battery, the Lightning will serve up an estimated 426 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, while output climbs to 563 hp with the extended-range battery. Ford expects driving range to vary between 230 and 300 miles or 370 and 483 kilometres. Production is about to start and Ford already has 200,000 orders for the electric pickup, and has recently announced that it will double production at the Rouge plant in Dearborn, Michigan.
Meanwhile, the Ford Super Duty enters the 2022 model year with a newly available 12-inch infotainment touchscreen, SYNC 4 as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s a new Lariat Sport Appearance Package, while the Black Appearance Package is now offered on the XLT. In the U.S., King Ranch and Platinum variants get standard 4×4, while the Lariat gets a Baja interior colour and the Limited can be dressed up with a two-tone Navy Pier and Light Slate interior. New wheel designs and Atlas Blue paint have been added as well. The Super Duty offers a 6.2L V8 (385 hp) as standard, while a 7.3L V8 (430 hp) and a turbo-diesel 6.7L V8 (475 hp, 1,050 lb.-ft.) are available.
For 2022, the Ford Ranger sees the return of the Splash Package, featuring orange and black graphics and trim, orange cabin accenting and matte black 18-inch alloy wheels. Meanwhile, Splash Limited Editions sporting one-time-only paint colors will pop up every few months, the first of which was called the Snow Edition. A new paint color called Hot Pepper Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat is available as well. The Ranger is available in SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations with one powertrain choice, a turbocharged 2.3L inline-four developing 270 horsepower. We’re still waiting for the debut of the Ranger Raptor in North America, which may or may not happen in 2022. An all-new generation of the Ranger is expected for the 2023 model year.
An all-new, compact-sized pickup debuted in 2021, called the Ford Maverick. Sharing its architecture with the Bronco Sport, the Maverick’s bed is integrated in the four-door body and can be equipped with either a 191-horsepower, hybrid 2.5L inline-four with a continuously variable automatic transmission or a 250-hp turbo 2.0L four with an eight-speed auto. Both engines are matched to a front-wheel drivetrain, while AWD is available with the turbocharged unit. The Maverick is the 2022 North American Truck of the Year.
The Ford Bronco got off to a rocky start with production delays and some teething issues, but that hasn’t seemed to tarnish the truck’s popularity whatsoever. Available and two-door and four-door configurations and several trim levels, buyers can opt for the standard turbo 2.3L four with 275 horsepower (300 with premium fuel), or move up to the twin-turbo 2.7L V6 with 315 hp (330 with premium). Even a seven-speed manual gearbox is available for hardcore enthusiasts, along with a 10-speed automatic. For 2022, the Bronco gets new dealer-installed options such as tube doors and a slide-out tailgate table, two new paint colors and an optional front bumper with integrated fog lights and tow hooks. The Sasquatch Package can now be associated with the manual transmission, featuring a 94.75:1 max crawl ratio, 35-inch mud-terrain tires and 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, locking front and rear axles, a wider track and a high-clearance suspension. The desert-conquering Bronco Raptor has just been officially unveiled, boasting a twin-turbo 3.0L EcoBoost V6 with more than 400 horsepower, a race-ready suspension and 37-inch all-terrain tires, among other goodies. The Bronco is the 2022 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year.
Not to be outdone, the Ford Bronco Sport was also introduced for 2021, but arrives as a compact crossover that isn’t as wild and capable as the midsize Bronco. Still, this smaller model offers off-road cred with a standard 4×4 drivetrain, while powertrain choices include a turbocharged 1.5L inline-three (181 hp) and a turbo 2.0L four (250 hp). More than 100 factory-backed accessories are now available for the Bronco Sport, which gets new paint colors for 2022.
The Ford EcoSport is the brand’s subcompact entry in a hot contested market. The lineup consists of S, SE, SES and Titanium variants, while powertrain choices include a turbocharged 1.0L inline-three with 123 horsepower and a front-wheel drivetrain, as well as a 2.0L inline-four with 166 hp matched with AWD. The EcoSport will leave the U.S. and Canadian markets after the 2022 model year.
The ever-popular Ford Escape gets a few new paint colours for the 2022 model year, but otherwise, no significant changes have been announced. A turbo 1.5L inline-three (181 hp), a turbo 2.0L four (250 hp) a hybrid system with the 2.5L engine (200 hp) and a FWD-only, plug-in hybrid system with a combined output of 209 horsepower are the four powertrain offerings in the Escape.
The midsize, two-row Ford Edge gets new styling ensembles for 2022. The Black Appearance Package adds 19-inch black-painted wheels, black grille and body-side mouldings as well as black mirror caps and skid plates. The Adventure Package features 18-inch Carbonized Gray wheels and lower front bumper, Pillar Black mirror caps and grille bars, all-terrain tires, ActiveX seat upholstery and Navy Pier interior accenting. There’s new tailgate appliqué and a couple of new paint colors as well. The Edge is still motivated by a turbocharged 2.0L four with 250 horsepower, while the sporty Edge ST boasts a twin-turbo 2.7L V6 that’s good for 335 hp. The Edge might not live past the 2023 model year.
The midsize three-row Ford Explorer gets an ST-Line trim featuring the go-fast looks of the Explorer ST without its 400-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.5L V6 engine. The aforementioned Explorer ST can now be chosen with RWD in the U.S. The off-road-ready Explorer Timberline was added later in the 2021 model year. As before, the crossover can be equipped with either a turbo 2.3L four (300 hp), a hybrid 3.3L V6 (318 combined hp) and a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 (365 hp). There are a couple of new paint colours too.
The full-size Ford Expedition SUV is now available in the Timberline trim level, which features 10.6-inch (269-mm) ground clearance, unique styling cues, orange interior and exterior accenting, 33-inch all-terrain tires and a two-speed transfer case, along with a 440-horsepower version of Ford’s twin-turbo 3.5L V6. A Stealth Performance Package is also new, boasting sportier styling and a sport-tuned suspension, in addition to the 440-hp EcoBoost V6. The 2022 Expedition also receives Ford’s BlueCruise driver assistance system, SYNC 4, a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen and an optional 15.5-inch display in uplevel trims. Still offered in regular-wheelbase and extended-wheelbase Expedition MAX configurations, the SUV features a twin-turbo 3.5L V6 developing 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque—although the Platinum editions get upgraded to 400 hp.
For 2022, the Ford Transit Connect gets optional 16-inch Aluminum Dark Sparkle wheels, while the cargo version can be ordered with a roof rack as well as fixed second-row glass for both sides or passenger-side only. The compact van is available in cargo and passenger variants, the latter offering room for up to seven passengers. Both are equipped with either a 2.0L inline-four producing 162 horsepower or a 2.5L four generating 169 hp.
The full-size Ford Transit van receives optional SYNC 4 infotainment with a 12-inch touchscreen, a dual-passenger seating package up front of the Cargo, Cutaway and Chassis Cab variants as well as options and accessories for fleet buyers. The Transit continues to be offered in a plethora of configurations, with RWD or AWD and single or dual rear wheels. A 275-horsepower 3.5L V6 is standard, while the aforementioned EcoBoost V6 delivers 310 horses.
Last but not least, a fully electric Ford E-Transit arrives for 2022. The rear-wheel-drive delivery van is equipped with an electric motor developing a targeted 266 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, in addition to a 67 kWh battery pack, good for an estimated driving range of 108 to 126 miles (174 to 203 km), according to the chosen configuration.