2022 Ford Ranger Splash Package, Splash Limited Edition09/01/2021
Did some kind of time warp rewind the calendar nearly 30 years? We’ve just learned that there’s going to be a new Ford Ranger Splash—in 2022. For better or worse, the Ranger’s zestful, iconic appearance package from the 1990s isn’t dead. It may have gone dormant for a (long) time, but it’s back, and the revived Splash setup is available on 2022-model-year Ranger XLT and Lariat trims. It’s only available with the four-door SuperCrew body style, but can be paired with either the FX2 or FX4 off-road packages, should you want to make a splash somewhere far from a road.
The original Ford Ranger Splash was essentially a sporty trim level first offered on twin-I-beam 1993-1997 Ranger mini trucks equipped with the funky stepside bed. This Splash treatment was perhaps the only reason to ever want one of those otherwise unpopular flareside beds, as they were formally called, which offered less room and weirder looks than a typical slab-side bed. Ford also gifted the old Splash a mild suspension drop—sporty!—but was mostly an appearance package characterized by those rad Splash decals atop bright exterior colors.
While the new 2022 Ford Ranger Splash Package does not exactly mimic the old (Ford dubs it a “reimagining”) it does go for an eye-catching look with bold orange and black body graphics and unique 12-spoke 18-inch matte black wheels. Complementing the graphics and wheels are orange grille nostrils in front and bold gloss black accents on the grille, bumpers, side mirror caps, wheel lip moldings, and fender vents.
The interior is highlighted by special seats with carbon grain and tuxedo stripes. Orange contrast accent stitching covers the seats, steering wheel, gear shifter, and parking brake boot. The Lariat trim gets more orange stitching on the arm rests and the dash, as well as some leather in the seats.
Alongside the Ford Ranger Splash package is a run of Splash Limited Editions. These Rangers will introduce new, one-time-only colors, each of which will only be available for a few months at a time and will only appear on a few hundred vehicles. The Limited Edition will kick off with the Snow Edition. We’re patiently waiting for the return of teal, or some sort of ambiguous burple (that’d be blue-purple), or even an ultra-rad orange-pink treatment. Honestly, that is what surprised us most about this new Splash—that it doesn’t simply dredge up classic ’90s colorways. At least, it doesn’t right off the bat; maybe the Snow Edition will be white-on-white-on-white in true 1990s fashion.
Older mini truckers in the market for a new truck might choose the Splash Package because they remember the Glory Days of the original, while new buyers may just think it’s a cool way to customize their vanilla Rangers for $1,495. Either way, the rebirth of the Ranger Splash proves that manufacturers don’t always need creativity—sometimes it’s just as workable to take a big ol’ spoon and scoop out a helping of nostalgia. Can’t wait for the Ranger Splash to splash into a dealer near you? Deliveries should start at the end of the year.
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