All-New 2023 Ford Ranger – It’s Back!
American’s appetite for pickup trucks seems to be insatiable, and it would appear that the same goes for the mid-size versions of this type of vehicles. On paper at least, 2023 Ford Ranger shouldn’t become any sort of exception.
We could have seen in recent years this pattern repeating with the popularity of say: Chevy Colorado, Honda Ridgeline, Toyota Tacoma and others proving the thirst for a bit more powerful four-wheelers with the US customer base. So Ford has decided to get back into this race with the new Ford Ranger.
Of course, as we know, Ford Ranger has been sold in other countries for a while now and very successfully so. Since 2011 up until this date, Ranger holds a record for the best selling mid-size pickup in Europe, South Africa, and New Zealand. But this time, Ford Ranger is taking on US market first time after a long while. Eight years to be precise.
2023 Ford Ranger Design
Ford says that 2023 Ranger was re-designed explicitly for North American customers. On the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, we could have seen that he has that traditional Ford’s truck styling with a big grill up front, flared fenders and other details like that.
2023 Ford Ranger also has real-steel bumpers and tow hooks anchored directly to a real-steel frame. Ford want’s to emphasize that although some modifications are made for looks, the vehicle is still durability and capability oriented primarily.
Rugged, macho look should be the testament to that. It’s full high strength steel frame should be very useful if you’re put in a situation of towing some other vehicle. Regardless of the size of that vehicle. Ford already predicts “best in class payload”, but without citing a specific number.
Currently, that place is held by Honda Ridgeline with the payload of 1,580 pounds. The latest iteration of U.S. spec Ranger will offer two cosmetic options: A Chrome Appearance Package and Sport Appearance Package.
And just like all new vehicles, Ford Ranger 2023 provides a driver with a long list of safety and comfortability features: automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and Blind Spot information that covers a trailer on two top trims, XLT and Lariat. Other then that, Lariat assist will also feature adaptive cruise control and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection.
2023 Ford Ranger Infotainment options include Ford’s Sync 3 system with Apple Car Play and Android compatibility. Other features include a personal assistant feature that allows management of home systems. It consists of navigation; 4G LTE Wi-Fi which can support up to 10 devices; and an AC laptop and smartphone charging. The Ranger will hit the markets in four different trims: STX, XL, XLT, and Lariat.
Engine & Specs
Unlike most of the competitors, 2023 Ford Ranger will have just one engine and one transmission. They are 10-speed automatic which is exclusive in a domain of mid-size pickup trucks, and a 2.3 liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder unit, also used in, for instance, Focus RS and Mustang GT.
Horsepower of the new Ranger is yet to be revealed, but it is expected to be around 310-340 horsepower. 2023 Ranger will also offer a 4-wheel drive option, as well as Dana Trac-Loc and differentials and an available electronically locking rear differential.
For the off-road drive lovers, Ford will offer FX4 off-road version. The package augments the Ranger’s standard ground clearance and adds frame-mounted skid plates, off-road tires, and shock absorbers tuned for bashing while driving on rocky roads. FX4 also includes a Terrain Management system, adapted from F-150 Raptor. The system has four modes all of which are to be selected by the driver.
They are a mode for normal conditions; for grass surface, gravel and snow; mud and ruts, and sand. One of the surprising elements of FX4 is its Trail Control feature. This function is mainly a low-speed cruise control for off-road use, allowing the driver to concentrate on steering.
2023 Ford Ranger Release Date & Price
As you already know, new 2023 Ranger was introduced at 2018 Detroit Motor Show. NAIAS was the grand stage of its introduction, but the dealerships are still waiting for this model. It is expected that Ford’s mid-size pickup truck reaches the market in mid to late 2018. If we had to guess, the first models will great the roads in September or October.
The price hasn’t been released as of yet. Early estimations say that it will start in mid-$20,000. But if you are hoping for a start close to Colorado ($20,200) don’t keep your hopes too high. It will be closer to the cost of Tacoma which is almost $25,500.