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2023 Ford Ranger Prototypes Spotted Hanging Out In Thailand

Ford Authority spies have captured numerous 2023 Ford Ranger prototypes out driving around in recent months, each wearing varying levels of camouflage. Most recently, Ford itself teased a 2023 Ranger prototype conquering off-road obstacles and wearing very little camo, and just last week, we got our very first look at the mid-size pickup’s new front-end styling, which is a mesh between the 2022 Ford Maverick and 2021 Ford F-150. Now, a trio of 2023 Ford Ranger prototypes has been spied sitting next to each other in Thailand.

The first thing that’s immediately noticeable about these three trucks is the fact that each has its own unique styling elements that sets them apart. While we can’t see much of the front end of the pickup all the way to the left, the other two are quite different. Each has its own unique front grille design, headlights, foglights with both silver and black surrounds, and even the shape of the lower grille is different – rectangular on one prototype and more oval-shaped on the other.

These Ranger prototypes are also wearing different wheel designs and tires, while the truck on the right has roof rails installed. It’s pretty clear that each of these trucks represents a different trim level in the 2023 Ranger lineup, though it’s difficult to tell exactly what trim each actually is. Regardless, the overall styling lines up perfectly with what we’ve seen on previous prototypes.

That includes sharper lines in every regard than the current-gen Ranger, though at least one of these trucks doesn’t have the bed-mounted sports bar we’ve seen on previous models. The headlights feature the familiar reverse C-shape that has become synonymous with modern Ford pickups, while a pair of horizontal bars intersect the center of the grille, with a Blue Oval right in the middle.

As was the case before, these prototypes are wearing glow-in-the-dark reflective patterns and large QR codes on the sides and tailgate, thicker taillights, and a single antenna (a dual antenna setup is expected for U.S.-market Rangers).

As Ford Authority previously reported, the 2023 Ford Ranger is expected to be accompanied by the off-road-focused Ranger Raptor for the very first time in the U.S., and will also gain a plug-in hybrid variant in the coming years. Production of the 2023 Ranger is expected to begin at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in May 2023 following the model’s full reveal, which should happen before the end of 2021.

We’ll have more on the 2023 Ranger very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Ranger news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. JimL

    I’m eager to see if it has more room on the inside than the current Ranger.

    1. Zachary Hill

      I’m eager to see if Ford will offer a crew cab with a 6ft bed on the new ranger

    2. Tom L

      That would make it an F150…

  2. Thomas Podd

    Where oh where is the sunroof on the Rangers come on don’t forget it

  3. Lee

    I’m curious why y’all can’t find ’em hanging out here in the good old USA.

    1. Chris Blanchard

      I think it probably is because both the current 5G and 6G 2023 Rangers were designed in Australia, even though Australian production ended in 2016. Most all Ford vehicles incl. Ranger for that part of the world are built in Thailand.

      Apparently the NA 5G 2022 Rangers will have a very short run. US Order banks just opened last week, and 2022 Job 1 is scheduled for Dec 13th 2021.

  4. Roy Chile’s

    FORD is on a row with its Truck line this Ranger is going to be nice. It’s got #1 seller written all over it hopefully they start production May 2022 instead of 2023


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