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Next Gen Ford Ranger Revealed With Edgier Styling, New Tech Features

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Over the past several months, Ford Authority spies have spotted a number of 2023 Ford Ranger prototypes, while Ford itself has also released multiple teaser videos of the redesigned mid-size pickup. Last month, we got our very first look at the 2023 Ranger’s front end design, which blends styling elements from the 2022 Ford Maverick and 2021 Ford F-150 before Ford Authority spies captured a prototype that revealed its front grille for the first time. Now, the next-generation Ford Ranger has finally been revealed, or at least, the international market model. Regardless, the North American version will feature the same styling, albeit different powertrains and features.

Development of the next-generation Ford Ranger was led by Ford Australia, which worked hand-in-hand with engineers and designers from around the globe. That team leaned on customer input to help shape the look of the new mid-size pickup, however, conducting dozens of workshops and interviewing over 5,000 customers during the development process. The result is a pickup that is far edgier than the current-gen Ranger, with design elements borrowed from the rest of the Blue Oval truck lineup, as expected. Additionally, for the very first time, the 2023 Ranger will offer Matrix LED headlights and integrated side steps, while XLT, Sport, and Wildtrak trims were all featured during the unveiling.

The new Ranger rides on an updated version of the Ford T6 Platform, which the pickup shares with the Ford Bronco. The next-gen Ranger’s wheelbase has been lengthened and widened by 50mm, which improves approach angle and off-road articulation and adds usable bed space. The rear dampers were moved outside the frame rails for improved ride quality both on- and off-road, and customers will be able to choose between two four-wheel drive systems, an electronic shift-on-the-fly system, or an advanced full-time 4×4 system at launch.

Underneath, a hydro-formed front-end structure has been added that increases airflow and makes room for a new powerplant, as well as what Ford calls “other propulsion technologies,” which will likely include a plug-in hybrid and possibly an all-electric powertrain at some point in the future.

For now, the international market Ford Ranger will be available with three turbodiesel engine options at launch, depending on the market. That includes Ford’s 3.0L Power Stroke V6, along with single turbo (in two different performance levels) and twin-turbo versions of the automaker’s 2.0L inline four-cylinder diesels. The next-gen Ranger will also continue to be available with Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 that is the only engine choice in the current-gen North American version. Transmission options include six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, and 10-speed automatic gearboxes.

Inside the cabin, the Ford Ranger gains either a standard 10.1-inch or optional 12-inch infotainment screen, SYNC 4, and a digital instrument cluster. Many of the pickup’s physical controls have been moved to the central touchscreen, including drive modes, while the screen also displays a 360-degree camera view around the truck. Like the Ford F-150, 2023 Ranger owners can control the truck’s exterior zone lighting via the FordPass app, while an embedded modem provides connectivity on the go.

Ranger engineers placed a big emphasis on creating usable space in the new pickup, which features extra cargo tie-down points mounted on steel tube rails, load box caps, tailgate attachment points, and a new cargo management system with dividers that’s designed to hold a wide variety of items. Like the F-150, the Ranger’s tailgate also doubles as a work area with an integrated ruler and clamp pockets.

As Ford Authority exclusively reported, the next-generation Ford Ranger will represent the first of an eight-year production run. The upcoming Ranger – assigned the P703 designation internally – will enter production in Thailand and South Africa in 2022, and at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in the spring of 2023.

We’ll have more on the new Ranger very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Ranger news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

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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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Comments

  1. NCEcoBoost

    Tweaks here and there, but, overall, nothing shocking. Mainly yawn.

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  2. Ross

    Looks great, made a good truck even better

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  3. The Gentle Grizzly

    Can we get one without a center console?

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  4. TrkNv

    This reveal, from Australia, actually asks what does it mean to be free and live without restrictions…irony overload. L MAO, bahahahahaha

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  5. Dr.Detroit

    It’s ok, rather have a Bronco Ranger edition to be honest..

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  6. Drew (Ford retiree)

    Brett, you refer to the styling as being “far edgier”. I agree and will add “far too busy”.

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  7. Big Ron

    yawn. Where’s fhe Ranger Raptor for the USA?

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    1. JohnTaurus

      When has a Raptor version ever debuted with the truck it’s based on? Answer: never.

      But they should’ve just built all of tomorrow’s products yesterday. Of course.

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  8. David Dickinson

    I can’t tell if the article is saying the manual transmission is only available internationally or it will be available in the U.S. Clarification please.

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    1. JohnTaurus

      You won’t have that answer until the U.S. spec model is revealed. I wouldn’t expect that until later next year.

      I wouldn’t hold my breath for a manual option, but the Bronco offers it, so its certainly possible. Here’s hoping.

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  9. F-150.Prius

    The two inexplicable things about the new Ranger explain each other:
    1) no hybrid, plug-in or electric
    2) not for the USA

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    1. Mike

      It is coming to the USA.

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      1. F-150.Prius

        Yes and no. Yes, in Spring of ’23 (by which time, anything could have happened in the auto industry) and no, not these models in these specs. Hopefully they cut to the chase and offer a plug-in hybrid and a Lightning.
        I think the Ford teams need to be sharing decisions and products globally … the Ranger would be a killer product in the USA but they’re building it overseas as if with zero input from the PowerBoost and Lightning teams.

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        1. JohnTaurus

          Yes. They should have revealed every version for every market at once. Every future product should be here NOW! NOW NOW NOW NOW!

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        2. Roger Sunderland

          The latest rumor is that it will not go into production in the US until May of ’23 which means it will be about two years before we can actually buy one.
          This new generation actually does have more input from US designers and engineers than the current model which was not originally designed for the North American market. Keep in mind that in most other markets this is Ford’s only truck which means those markets naturally have more design input.
          This platform will also be the basis for the next VW Amarok which means that VW also had design input. They most likely pushed for the wider frame and body which allows for more shoulder and hip room in the interior as well as the ability to get wider objects into the bed and V6 engines and bigger battery packs between the frame rails.

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  10. Allen

    Really hoping that a longer 6 foot bed will become available on the crew cab along with a V6 in the Lariat trim.

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  11. Roy Chile’s

    Great Job this look worlds better than the the truck on the market today another win and #1 seller for FORD

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  12. Brad Barefoot

    I agree with another’s post. Can we get this without the center console an floor shifter. Ford, believe it or not there are quite a few hundred thousand customers who’d rather have a column shifter, or dash mounted as the “knob” is taking over. Make mine a two door extended cab.

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  13. Mike Keeno

    I like to know why the new 2023 ford ranger driver’s side is on the right side…

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    1. Frank W Augustine

      Don’t just look at the pictures. Read the article, made in Australia, same driving habits as the Brits.

      Reply

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