There's something new in the Ranger lineup this year at Ford. Indeed, the company decided to bring back a name that was certainly forgotten by some, but certainly not by others who have a good memory... or who owned a model that benefited from it.

We're talking about the Splash Package offered with the Ford Ranger pickup. It's an option that's being released (or re-released) in 2022, and it pays tribute to the past with flair. Whether you're looking for a new Ford vehicle or a used vehicle, count on your Ford dealer Réjean Laporte et Fils in Saint-Norbert in Lanaudière, near Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon, Saint-Jean-de-Matha, Berthierville and a few minutes from Joliette.

Before diving into the heart of the matter and looking at what it offers, let's take a look back at how it all began.

The Ford Ranger was born in 1983 and 10 years later, it had its first redesign. The latter would bring more rounded lines and in order to strike a blow, a more stylized version was offered in the middle of the year, a variant named Splash.

The model was initially available with the regular cab only (108-inch wheelbase) and it stood out with its protruding fenders. The body was reminiscent of the classic F-100 pickup trucks of the 1950s. The exterior featured a monochromatic paint scheme with matching grille, bumpers and mirrors. The palette included red, blue, white and black. Colored stripes and Splash logos decorated the sides of the cab and the tailgate. Inside, a 60/40 split front bench seat with cloth upholstery was standard, while a console and bucket seats were optional.

The Splash was available in either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configurations. The former included a suspension setup that lowered the ride height and improved handling.

The Splash 4x2 was equipped with a 98-horsepower, 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine. A 3-liter, 145-horsepower V6 was standard with the 4x4 variants. A 160 horsepower 4-liter V6 could be added to all models. A five-speed manual transmission was standard and a four-speed automatic was optional.

The model has become an icon today, so much so that it is highly sought after by collectors. Ford offered variations of it until 1997.

The rebirth of the Splash version is a nice nod to the brand's past. And to fully understand Ford's approach, it is necessary to understand the origins, which we have just discussed. As for the model's return, the company will offer the Splash livery with the XLT and Lariat models.
The treatment

Now, what will a Ranger Splash 2022 model look like? Specifically, we're going to talk about a host of small improvements that will be made to the vehicle. For example, a black and orange stripe will be added to the sides. This theme will be repeated elsewhere, with orange trim on the grille and black accents on the mirrors, bumpers, fender flares and mirror caps. The wheels, which will be 18 inches in size, will also adopt black. The effect, as you can see on the pictures, is successful.

On board, orange is back in force in the form of stitching applied to the seats, the steering wheel and the gear selector. The Lariat version will also feature orange accents on the front and rear armrests, as well as on the dashboard.

The Splash Package will only be available with Super Crew models. And for even more style, the F4X off-road package can be layered on top of the Splash presentation. Do it this way and you'll have a collector's item on your hands for sure.

The 2022 Ford Ranger Splash will benefit from the same powertrains as all other variants, namely a 270-horsepower, 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder. It comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

For more information, call the experts at Réjean Laporte et Fils!