Ford, a shining leader in the global pick-up truck industry, has now revealed their card for the new iteration of the Ford Ranger. Coming in with many new features, the 2023 Ford Ranger is set to deliver a whole new experience for pick-up enthusiasts. The line-up will also be welcoming the Ranger Sport as a new addition, this time offered with a new look. In its initial reveal, Ford showed off the following models: The XL and XLS, the more aesthetic XLT, the rugged and active Sport, and the high-end model of the Wildtrak.
Stemming from greater than 5,000 interviews with Ford’s customers, the Ranger seems to have been made with their requests and comments in mind. Riders will notice from the images shown by Ford that it comes with a new rugged exterior. It comes featuring a new front grille, along with its signature headlight treatment which is accentuated by a subtle shoulder line that travels down the side. It does give the Ranger a more sure-footed stance, ready to pounce at any terrain imaginable. This iteration of the Ranger will also offer LED Headlights, as well as upgrades to the interior with soft-touch materials and a portrait-oriented touchscreen. Its infotainment system will be connected to Ford’s SYNC 4, ensuring that it will be able to carry on past connectivity features from its predecessors.
Within the structure of this new Ford Ranger, the company has upgraded the chassis by extending the wheelbase about 50mm. The track is also 50mm wider when compared to previous versions. This was done in order to make space for some of the new engine options in store for the 2023 Ranger. It also allows more airflow into the radiator, helping to keep internal temperatures low during towing or heavy work.
New powertrain options are also available, such as the 3.0-Liter Turbodiesel V6. It will also be available with a single- or bi-turbo 2.0-Liter inline 4-cylinder diesel engine. The single-turbo variant is more for working, availing its drivers more fuel economy for the power it generates. Bi-turbo variants are more for the drivers craving for higher performance. It offers much more power than the single-turbo engine, but also keeps its fuel economy at a reasonable level. All engines will be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, with an updated version of the 10-speed automatic transmission available as well.
The ride feel and handling of the 2023 Ford Ranger is also improved, with Ford focusing more on keeping it simple for everyday use. Such methods used to achieve this include moving the front wheels forward by about 50mm, and shifting the rear suspension dampers to the outboard of the frame rails.
There are also a multitude of interior features designed through customer feedback, all controlled by the Ranger’s 10.1- or 12-inch touchscreen. It also comes with a digital instrument panel, as well as an updated version of the SYNC 4 Infotainment Suite. Driving modes can also now be used on the SYNC screen, moved from their spot on the dashboard before.
The 2023 Ford Ranger and its models will be beginning production by the start of 2022, with its official specs and pricing being announced later on.