For months now, Ford Authority has reported numerous exclusive details regarding the next-generation 2023 Ford Ranger and Ranger Raptor – the latter of which was just revealed this morning. During that time, Ford Authority has maintained that the next-generation Ford Ranger and Ranger Raptor would launch in 2023 in the U.S., and now, that timeline has been confirmed by Ford CEO Jim Farley in a response to a question from a fan on Twitter.
Yes! Next year. Ranger and Ranger Raptor 🇺🇸
— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) February 21, 2022
While this isn’t exactly new news, it is nice to receive confirmation from Farley himself. To date, Ford has also remained mum on when it will reveal the U.S.-spec 2023 Ford Ranger and Ranger Raptor, though those models will share many similarities with their international market counterparts, save for some possible tweaks, including likely powertrain differences.
Both the next-gen Ranger and Ranger Raptor introduce a host of changes to the current-gen models, including edgier exterior styling which blends elements from the 2022 Ford Maverick and 2021 Ford F-150. The interior design of both models is also brand new, touting large digital instrument clusters and infotainment screens, as well as fewer physical controls.
Meanwhile, the 2023 Ranger Raptor takes the new mid-size pickup and turns things up a notch with Ford’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6 underhood – which Ford Authority was the first to report nearly a year ago – along with large wheel arches, a front grille with “Ford” lettering, 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, Fox 2.5-inch Live Valve internal bypass shocks, and unique interior elements including fighter jet-inspired front sport seats, cast-magnesium paddle shifters, and Code Orange accents.
As Ford Authority exclusively reported, the next-generation Ford Ranger will represent the first of an eight-year production run. The pickup will enter production in Thailand and South Africa in 2022, and at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in the spring of 2023. Meanwhile, the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor will be the first next-gen Ranger model to launch in Europe in Q4 of 2022. The high-performance off-roader will follow suit in the U.S. next year with a starting MSRP of $52,500, as Ford Authority exclusively reported earlier this month.