For gearheads coming of age in the 1990s, the Ford Ranger Splash was the sport truck to have. As a trim level on the Ford Ranger compact pickup truck, Splash models came with a slightly lowered suspension, special styling accents, and vibrant paint colors.
And if our high school parking lot was any indication, we think Ford sold about 863 zillion of these over the span of the decade.
So when we heard Ford was bringing back the Splash trim on the fourth-gen Ranger, we spit Jolt Cola all over our keyboard, grabbed our Guns n’ Roses cassettes, and started making plans to cruise the mall parking lot.
The 2022 Ford Ranger Splash
For 2022, the Splash is once again a trim level on the Ford Ranger. Upon its initial release, the Splash trim includes an eye-popping orange and black paint/graphics combo and black matte wheels, along with special seats that feature contrasting stitching and what Ford calls “carbon grain tuxedo stripes.”
But! Ford also reveals that a few more Splash Limited Editions will be coming out after the orange one pictured here. First off is a Snow Edition that we should be seeing in the next few months.
For now, it looks like the Ranger Splash is strictly an appearance package, and doesn’t include any performance upgrades, though nostalgia means we’d love to have it in a five-speed stick—we’re not holding our breath, though.
You can combine the Ranger Splash with the FX2 or FX4 off-road packages however, if you plan to hit the trails.
Taking a look at this Ford Ranger Splash, we see orange grille nostrils, special gloss black accents front and rear, and rad “Hockey Stick” striping that echoes the legendary 1969 Mustang Boss 302. It also comes standard with those fly 18 inch matte black wheels.
Ford says the Splash package is available on the SuperCrew Rangers optioned with either XLT or Lariat trims. You’ll start seeing these special edition Rangers arrive on dealer lots by the end of the year—so there’s enough time for you to dig out your Hypercolor shirts and acid-washed jeans.