Over the past several months, Ford Authority spies have spotted a number of 2023 Ford Ranger prototypes driving around wearing varying stages of camouflage. Ford itself has also released teaser videos of the redesigned mid-size pickup conquering some off-road obstacles and driving around in the mud. Last month, we got our very first look at the 2023 Ranger’s front end design, however, which blends styling elements from the 2022 Ford Maverick and 2021 Ford F-150. Now, Ford Authority spies have captured a 2023 Ford Ranger prototype driving around that reveals its front grille for the very first time thanks to a camo slip.
With the camouflage falling down, we get a very good look at the 2023 Ranger’s front grille, which in this case is finished in chrome. This prototype appears to be a Lariat-trimmed pickup, due to its chrome trim, and the front end design matches up with a leaked photo that hit the internet way back in January of this year.
In both cases, the twin chrome bars that span the width of the front end and are framed by Ford’s familiar reverse C-shaped headlights, while a more conventional oval-shaped grille resides in the middle. A Blue Oval is featured in the center of those bars, but in the case of this prototype, is still covered by a piece of camouflage.
As Ford Authority exclusively reported last month, the 2023 Ford Ranger will represent the first of an eight-year production run. The next-gen Ranger – assigned the P703 designation internally – will enter production at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in the spring of 2023. However, as is always the case, these are preliminary plans and are subject to change. The 2023 Ranger will be revealed much sooner than that, however, with a full unveiling set for November 24th, as Ford Authority reported earlier this month.
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 could join the lineup in the coming years as well.