It won’t be too long before we’ll get to see the full range of ARB “Ford Licensed Accessories” for the upcoming 2022 Ford Ranger.
Ford and Australian off-road accessory company ARB held a dealer event on May 18, where they showed modified Ranger utes, a brand new unmodified Everest SUV, as well as the previously-seen modified Bronco SUV (the latter is not for Australia).
ARB has announced it will offer more than 160 “Ranger-specific parts” which will all be endorsed by Ford’s five-year and unlimited-kilometre warranty, and available to purchase at Ford dealerships.
An ARB spokesperson has confirmed that all of these accessories for the new Ranger will be available at the ute’s launch in June 2022. The products are still in their final sign-off phase currently.
At this stage neither Ford or ARB have revealed the full list of the accessories for the new Ranger, but ARB says it’ll share “further details” on certain products on its social media “over the coming weeks”.
From what can be seen on the ARB-modified Rangers that were presented at the dealer event, they have a steel bull bar with hoops and LED lighting, Warn winch, driving lights, front rating recovery points, dual-battery system, side steps, canopy, draw system, and a steel rear bar.
It’s unclear what accessories ARB will offer for the new Everest at this stage as the example shown at the dealer event was unmodified.
The collaboration between Ford and ARB first began in early 2019 when engineers from both companies came together to design, test and validate the parts and accessories.
The Australian off-road giant has been an official Ford partner since earlier in 2021, and sells accessories such as bull bars, snorkels, lights, and canopies through the Blue Oval’s dealer network.
Although it’s an Australian company, ARB is also developing accessories for the US-market Ford Bronco – as shown at the Aussie event – and Ranger.
The company has a left-hand drive Bronco on Australian soil to develop its range, which was shown off at the dealer event and is fitted with bumpers, rock sliders, modular drawers, and differential covers.
While statistics vary by brand, it’s common for Australians to drop a few thousand dollars modifying their ute or four-wheel drive wagon through the aftermarket.
Ford has previously said all the ARB accessories being rolled out at its dealers have gone through a validation process, including testing at its Lara proving ground in regional Victoria.
As detailed in our 2022 Ford Ranger price and spec article, pricing starts at $35,930 before on-road costs for the entry-level Ranger XL 4×2 single cab chassis, and extends to $85,490 before on-road costs for the full-on Ranger Raptor with the 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 petrol engine.
There are four different powertrains available across the 2022 Ford Ranger range including a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine producing 184kW of power and 600Nm, which is to be available on the Ranger XLT, Sport and Wildtrak.
The first batch of the 2022 Ford Ranger has left the Thai factory ahead of the start of sales in June 2022.
The high-performance Ranger Raptor will launch in Australia in July 2022, and the next-generation Everest will be in Australia customer hands from August 2022.
Although Ford has commenced mass-production and shipping of the new Ranger, a leaked dealer bulletin revealed COVID-19 lockdowns in China will result in dealers having fewer examples of the new Ranger to sell than initially forecast.
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