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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Ford Gives Us Another Look At All-New 2022 Ranger Before Year-End Launch (w/ Video)


After showing it off undergoing dynamic testing in the Australian Outback, Ford is now showing more of the all-new, next-generation Ranger. And this time, they are using high-tech camouflage stickers to do so.

Carmakers use camouflage stickers with mind-bending patterns, squiggles, and swirls to protect their top-secret prototypes from prying eyes. The aim of these patterns is to confuse the eye and prevent industry spies from being able to focus on the vehicle’s features.

On the Ranger, the camo is inspired by the block pattern on the Bronco R Baja racer as well as mountain ranges. It uses hundreds of blue, black, and white blocks in a pixelated pattern to break up the appearance of the underlying shape of the vehicle while it’s still under development. While Ford is not trying to hide the fact that this is the #NextGenRanger thanks to the hashtag and QR code built into the pattern, it doesn’t want to fully reveal the final design just yet.

Designed by a team at Ford’s Design Center in Melbourne, Australia, this camouflage pattern creates an optical illusion that makes it difficult to pick out exterior features in sunlight, while a reflective element helps hide the vehicle’s shape at night.

“We were asked to develop a camouflage that allowed you to clearly see that this is the new Ranger but not see it at the same time,” said Leigh Cosentino, Design Manager at Ford Australia.

“The inspiration originally came from the Baja livery Ford has been using, as I’m a huge fan of motorsport it’s hard for me not to be obsessed with machinery like that,” added Lee Imrie, the Ford Australia designer who developed the successful pattern.

According to Leigh Cosentino, the project was about more than just disguising key features in the sheet metal. “We wanted the design to be dynamic and exciting and build anticipation towards the reveal of #NextGenRanger without looking like a derivative of military camouflage,” he said.

“So, we ended up with this design which is dense at the bottom and then the pattern becomes scattered towards the roof. It ends up being a good camouflage, is visually exciting but also gives the pattern a sense of movement. It’s not the usual static type of camouflage.

“There’s no line work on this camo that aligns with anything on the exterior and that means you can’t see volume or shape or lines in the vehicle,” added Lee Imrie. “My intention with this design was to scatter your eye so that you can’t focus on a specific line; and the color patching adds to that effect.”

But there’s more to the pattern than just scattering your eye. While Imrie said he based the pattern on the Bronco R racer, he also took inspiration from the Next-Generation Ranger itself.

“I started with squares rotated at 45-degrees, and scattered them throughout the page, attempting to make a reoccurring silhouette of a mountain top landscape which echoed the lifestyle orientation of the Next-Generation Ranger. When you stand back, it has a clear connection to a digitized military camouflage but with a connection to nature,” Imrie said.

The digitized pattern took the team two months to develop and test. It’s printed onto vinyl and applied in two stages taking up to two days to apply. The full-vehicle base layer contains the blue, black, and white blocks and is applied in the same way a regular wrap is. The second, reflective ‘layer’ consists of up to one hundred individual reflective elements hand placed on the vehicle.

The wraps will finally come off the next-generation Ranger later this year.

4 comments:

  1. Finally rear disc brakes on the standard models. Midsized pickups have entered the 21st century.

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    1. European market Navara had them too...we didn't get it here in Asia-Pacific though. Hopefully the Ranger will have the same spec throughout.

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  2. All New Ranger po ba ito? Or katulad rin ito noong 2003 Ranger sa 1998 Ranger na sinabi rin na next-gen pero halos magkahawig pa rin at ginawang mas modern lang.?

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    1. yes 2022 model and will be launch before end of this year...looking forward to more upgrades compare to the current ones.

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