We’ve heard quite a few rumors about the next-generation, 2023 Ford Ranger in recent months. However, what we haven’t seen is a 2023 Ford Ranger prototype testing – until now. These photos represent the very first time we’ve spied a next-gen Ford Ranger prototype in the flesh, and though it is wearing heavy camouflage, it does reveal a few key details about the forthcoming pickup.
The most obvious lies up front, where we can easily spot a new C-shaped headlight design that mimics the one currently used on the 2021 Ford F-150 and 2022 Ford Maverick pickups (as seen in a recently leaked photo of the Maverick). The design would bring the new Ranger in line with The Blue Oval’s current design language for pickups. The rest of the front end is covered up very well by the camo, but we can also see a set of fog lights recessed in the bumper.
It’s difficult to discern any additional details about the 2023 Ford Ranger from these photos, but it is clear that the overall shape of the pickup isn’t changing much, which isn’t a huge surprise. However, prior rumors suggest that the next-gen Ranger will bring about quite a few changes in side and under the hood, with a series of new powertrain options.
Currently, the North American Ranger is only available with one engine and transmission combination – Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 and 10-speed automatic gearbox. However, a report from last spring suggests that the next-gen Ranger will be available in other parts of the world with a 2.0L four-cylinder diesel, Ford’s 3.0L Power Stroke diesel, and even a PHEV variant that pairs Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 with an electric motor.
Regardless, the 10-speed will continue to be the only transmission option, at least in North America. It’s also possible that the Ranger Raptor will finally come to the U.S. when the next-gen model debuts as well.
The 2023 Ranger will ride on an updated version of the Ford T6 platform used by the current model and the 2021 Ford Bronco, and both will be produced for North America at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant. The next-gen Ranger will also serve as the basis for a new Volkswagen Amarok pickup as part of the two automaker’s recently finalized agreement.
Expect the next-gen Ford Ranger to go on sale in Australia in late 2022 or early 2023, with a global release toward the end of the 2022 calendar year for the 2023 model year.