The next generation of Ford’s mid-size pickup rides on an upgraded chassis with a 50mm longer wheelbase and a 50mm wider track. The longer wheelbase has resulted in a better approach angle, the automaker says, while the wider track provides better off-road articulation and capability. The redesigned truck also takes on a new yet familiar exterior appearance that taps Ford’s global truck design DNA, incorporating C-shaped LED headlamps and a tall, flat-faced grille.
Since the Ranger is a global product, this latest model will feature a range of diesel internationally – including the automaker’s 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine that’s currently offered in the Ford F-150. It’s doubtful these diesel engines will be offered here in North America, however, so consumers here will have to live with Ford’s familiar turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder. This engine produces 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque in the current Ranger and is expected to carry over to the next-gen model largely unchanged.
Inside, the Ranger will offer a 10.1-inch or 12-inch touchscreen in the centre stack, depending on the trim level. A digital instrument panel will also come standard, complimenting the large center stack display. The touchscreen also houses most of the controls for the drive mode controls, freeing up space in the center console. Drivers can now go to a dedicated screen on the display to access’ the Ranger’s off-road and driving modes, allowing them to adjust these settings all on one single page. This dedicated off-road page also displays the current steering angle, vehicle pitch and roll angles.
The 2023 Ford Ranger will also feature an integrated side-step behind the rear tyres , giving owners a more stable way to access the box. The truck’s wider stance also resulted in a wider bed section, giving the truck much more usable bed space, says Anthony Hall, the vehicle engineering manager for the Ranger program.
“Widening the truck by 50 mm may not seem like a lot, but it makes a huge difference, especially in the cargo box,” Hall said. “It means that customers will be able to load flat some pretty fundamental items, such as a sheet of building plywood or a full-size pallet.”
The 2023 Ford Ranger will enter production at Ford’s global plants in Thailand and South Africa in 2022. More information on the U.S. market model is expected to be announced at a later date.