2023 Ford Ranger pick-up truck revealed: price, specs and release date
Next-generation Ford Ranger pick-up promises to have an SUV-like interior, better driving manners and enhanced practicality...
On sale: Early 2023 | Price from: £25,000 (est)
Bob the Builder might not drive a real-life pick-up truck, but if he did we think it’d be a Ford Ranger. That’s because the Ranger – our 2021 Pick-up of the Year – is just as versatile as the beloved children’s character, offering a solution to seemingly every problem you can throw at it.
The upcoming new version should be even better, promising a more sophisticated interior, better driving manners and even more practicality. One feature that should enhance the Ranger’s utility is the integration of clamps into the tailgate to allow you to mount a flat workbench. Lighting that shines on the bed is also provided, as well as a 400W power socket – which is enough to power a laptop.
Faux bull bars up front and LED lights at both ends give the new Ranger a more imposing look, reinforced by its chunky proportions and stepladder skirting. Its wheels are set further apart than on the previous model, which Ford says should make its handling more car-like – something it already excels at, and which was instrumental in its class victory in the 2021 What Car? Awards.
The emphasis on SUV-like touches continues inside, where more soft-touch plastics and an electronic parking brake have been introduced.
Infotainment will be provided by a portrait-oriented touchscreen – measuring either 10.0in or 12.0in depending on which trim you choose – running Ford’s Sync 4 software, which we found to be responsive and intuitive in the Mustang Mach-E. The screen will also display a 360-degree camera view around the Ranger, which should prove helpful in tight spaces.
Manually-activated four-wheel drive will come as standard, but higher trim levels will have an automated electronic system that should enhance off-road capabilities.
Power will be provided by the existing range of 2.0-litre diesel engines, which produce 128bhp, 168bhp or 210bhp in the current Ranger. However, its gearbox options have been updated to include a new five and six-speed manual, as well as a revised version of the current 10-speed automatic.
A new 3.0-litre engine will also be offered for those who require more flexibility. That's likely to be offered in the high-performance Raptor model.
Ford hasn’t yet detailed the Ranger’s maximum payload, but expect it to exceed 1000kg on most versions, so buyers can take advantage of the low company car tax rate for commercial vehicles.
Pricing is likely to start at £25,000 (excluding VAT), which is almost £1,000 more than the current version due to the increased level of standard equipment. That's more than you’d pay for rivals including the Ssangyong Musso but is competitive with the Toyota Hilux – the winner of the Best Commercial Pick-up Award in the 2022 What Car? Van and Commercial Awards.
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