The fact that the next-generation 2023 Ford Ranger is in development hasn’t exactly been a secret, as FoMoCo itself has been very open about the new pickup’s existence. Earlier this month, the next-gen Ranger was teased in a new video, and Ford Authority spies have spotted numerous prototypes out testing over the last several months. Meanwhile, the Ford Pacheco Assembly Plant in Argentina is currently being remodeled to prepare it for 2023 Ford Ranger production, and now, sources familiar with Ford’s plans for the next-gen Ranger have told Ford Authority that production at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant will begin in May of 2023.
The current-gen Ranger – program code P375, the internal model designation used by Ford – is expected to run through April of 2023 after entering production at the Michigan Assembly Plant back in November of 2018. Once production of that model ends, 2023 Ford Ranger production – program code P703 – is slated to begin at MAP the following month. However, as is always the case, these dates are subject to change due to parts availability, strategic changes, or any other number of reasons.
As Ford Authority has reported over the last several months, the 2023 Ford Ranger will offer numerous new features, including an available 15.5-inch touchscreen, a new antenna design, and styling that’s more aligned with the design language present on the Ford Maverick, Ford F-150, and Ford Super Duty. The new Ranger will continue to ride on Ford’s T6 platform, albeit with some modifications.
The next-gen Ranger will be available as either a plug-in hybrid or fully electric vehicle before 2025, as Ford Authority reported back in June. The Ranger Raptor will also debut alongside the next-gen Ranger and will be available in North America for the very first time. As Ford Authority exclusively reported in May, the next-gen Ranger Raptor will be powered by Ford’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6, which will be mated exclusively to the automaker’s 10-speed automatic transmission.