Along with the Ford Everest that it’s based on, the all-new Ford Ranger continues to expand its lineup across the globe – and that includes South Africa, where the mid-size pickup is built at the Silverton Assembly plant. There, the Ford Ranger lineup will soon include models such as the Wildtrak X and the first-ever plug-in hybrid version of the Ranger, but The Blue Oval isn’t done expanding its available options for customers, either. In fact, South African pickup shoppers now have yet another Ford Ranger trim to choose from – the Platinum.
The Ford Ranger Platinum originally debuted back in November 2022 as a more luxurious version of the recently-redesigned mid-size pickup, and now, it can add yet another global market to its ever-growing list. The Platinum can be easily distinguished from the rest of the lineup, however, thanks to exterior styling cues such as a unique front grille, 3D Platinum badging, “silk chrome” trim, 20-inch alloy wheels with Ebony accents, Matrix LED headlights, and all-season tires, coupled with a body-color front bumper, side mirror caps, and door handles.
Inside the cabin, the 2023 Ford Ranger Platinum features quilted and perforated leather seating that’s heated and ventilated with 10-way power adjustment, a heated steering wheel, a 12.4-inch digital gauge cluster shared with the Range Raptor, Black Maple decorative finishes, satin aluminum trim, ambient lighting, and the B&O premium sound system.
The 2023 Ford Ranger Platinum is powered exclusively by the Ford 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel powerplant that generates 184 kW (247 horsepower) and 600 nM (443 pound-feet) of torque, which is mated to the automaker’s 10-speed automatic transmission, driving all four wheels. Pricing starts out at R1,119,000 ($59,020 USD) minus destination charges, with the first deliveries expected to begin by the end of Q1 2024.