The all-new next-generation international-market 2023 Ford Ranger was revealed back in November, showing off a host of updates including a pair of new, large touchscreens, a short-throw e-shifter instead of Ford’s ubiquitous rotary dial, a rather useful bed, and styling reminiscent of the Ford Maverick and Ford F-150. At that time, however, Ford did not disclose when the next-gen 2023 Ford Ranger would launch, but now it has revealed that information – for Europe, at least.
2023 Ranger order books are scheduled to open for European customers in late 2022, with the first deliveries expected in early 2023. As Ford Authority previously reported, the next-gen Ranger will enter production in Thailand and South Africa in 2022 following a $900 million dollar investment into Ford Thailand Manufacturing and the joint-venture AutoAlliance Thailand, and at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant for the North American market in the spring of 2023. The 2023 Ranger will represent the first of an eight-year production run.
In addition to its new styling and interior design, the 2023 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, while the rear dampers were moved outside the frame rails for improved ride quality both on- and off-road. 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 diesel. The next-gen Ranger will also continue to be available with Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 which is the only engine choice in the current-gen North American version. Transmission options include a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, and 10-speed automatic gearboxes.
It’s worth noting that some of these features will likely differ on the North American market 2023 Ranger, which has not yet been revealed. The next-gen version of the Ranger Raptor has also yet to be unveiled, but that rugged off-road variant is set to launch in the U.S. for the very first time, and Ford Authority spies recently captured a prototype out testing alongside a Ford Bronco Raptor prototype.