The all-new, next-generation Ford Ranger launched in select markets this past spring, but the mid-size pickup will expand its reach tremendously in the coming months to other parts of the world. The new Ranger recently launched in six additional Asian countries, though it will eventually be exported to a total of 40 as production ramps up at the Silverton Assembly plant in South Africa. The North American Ranger will continue to be built at the Michigan Assembly plant for that market, and is set to launch in 2023 for the 2024 model year, as Ford Authority reported last month. Now next-gen Ford Ranger Wildtrak and Limited order banks have opened up in Europe, albeit on a limited basis.
The prior-gen Ford Ranger Wildtrak was by far the most popular variant of the mid-size pickup, accounting for 60 percent of total sales. The next-gen version is powered by the Ford 3.0L V6 Power Stroke diesel, which produces 240 PS (238 horsepower) and 600 Nm (443 pound-feet) of torque, which is mated to FoMoCo’s 10-speed automatic transmission, giving it 3,500 kilograms (7,716 pounds) of max towing capacity. Wildtrak models equipped with this engine also feature a standard full-time four-wheel drive system with a “set-and-forget mode.”
Alternatively, the Ranger Wildtrak and Limited can be equipped with the single-turbo Ford 2.0L EcoBlue or bi-turbo Ford 2.0L EcoBlue diesels producing 170 PS (168 horsepower) and 205 PS (203 horsepower), respectively. On the outside, the Wildtrak features standard roof rails and enhanced underbody protection. Cyber Orange paint is exclusive to the Wildtrak, while Agate Black Metallic, Blue Lightning, Carbonized Grey, Diffused Silver, Frozen White, Lucid Red, Arctic White, and Moondust Silver are available for both Wildtrak and Limited trims.
Inside the cabin, the new Ranger features a 12.4-inch digital cluster and 12-inch infotainment screen running SYNC 4A, too. Wiltrak models get leather seats with Micro Rib tuxedo accents, a heated sports steering wheel with contrast stitching, ambient lighting, and an Ebony headliner. Meanwhile, the Ranger Limited is treated to a heated steering wheel trimmed in Sensico material, Soho leather seats with Apex style embossing, and a soft-touch vinyl console.
Order banks for both the next-generation Ford Ranger Wildtrak and Limited are open now in Europe, with deliveries expected to begin in early 2023.