The 2023 Ford Ranger has been teased via a couple of official videos in recent weeks, though Ford Authority spies have spotted the redesigned mid-size pickup on numerous occasions over the last several months. The current-gen Ranger has been in production since 2011 for global markets, which is a long time by any standard. However, it appears that the new pickup will stick around for some time as well, as sources familiar with the 2023 Ford Ranger tell Ford Authority that the next-generation model will remain in production into 2031.
The next-gen Ranger – assigned the P703 designation internally – will enter production at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in the spring of 2023, meaning that the model will enjoy an eight-year production run. However, as is always the case, these are preliminary plans and are subject to change. These plans could also impact the Ford Bronco – which shares the Ford T6 Platform with the Ranger. As Ford Authority reported earlier this month, the SUV is currently scheduled to receive a refresh for the 2024 model year.
The 2023 Ranger will feature sharper overall styling than the softer lines of the current-gen model, with front-end styling that represents a mesh between the 2022 Ford Maverick and 2021 Ford F-150, including reverse C-shape headlights and a pair of horizontal bars intersecting the center of the grille. Recent prototypes have been spotted with 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. Since Ford considers the Ranger to be one of its “Icons,” there’s also a possibility that an all-electric variant might join the lineup in the coming years as well.