Though it won’t be revealed until later this month in the U.S., the all-new, next-generation Ford Ranger has already launched in a number of other markets across the globe. In fact, the new Ranger Raptor went on sale in Mexico early this year, though oddly enough, it wasn’t accompanied by its regular brethren at that time. Instead, the all-new 2023 Ford Ranger has just launched in that particular country, marking yet another place where the mid-size pickup is available prior to the U.S.
As expected, the Mexican 2023 Ford Ranger is largely identical to the pickup on sale in other parts of the world already, at least in terms of its looks. That means edgier styling than the outgoing model, with familiar cues like C-clamp headlights and a twin-bar grille with a Blue Oval badge front and center. The same goes for the heavily revamped cabin, which features a 12.4-inch digital gauge cluster, a 12-inch infotainment screen, an “E-Shifter” gear lever, and wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatibility.
More interestingly, Mexico’s version of the next-gen gas-powered Ranger comes equipped with the carryover turbocharged Ford 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost engine, which is rated to produce 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque – which could be a sign that this same powerplant will be used in the American-spec pickup as well.
In Mexico, buyers can choose from five different Ranger variants – the base XL, XLT in both gas/diesel and two- and four-wheel drive configurations, the Wildtrak, and the aforementioned Ranger Raptor. Exterior color options include Cherry Red, Snow White, Mercury Gray, and Obsidian Black, as well as Nitro Orange for Wildtrak models. Available to purchase now, the 2023 Ford Ranger starts out at $801,000 ($44,534 USD).
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So which plant builds the Ranger for Mexico? Argentina? If so, does that mean the South American market also gets the 2.3L? No diesels?