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Old 11-24-2021, 05:56 AM   #1
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Default 2023 FORD RANGER, Next Generation



Todayís the day. And depending on where you are in the world, that means smack in the middle of the night, not yet midnight, or far into the evening.

Thatís because today, the 2023 Ford Ranger reveal, is a global event. Emceed by Ford Australia, the next-generation P703 Ford Ranger represents a great reset to the midsize truckís product lifecycle, which began in some markets as far back as 2011. Because the fact of the matter is most global truck buyers care mostly about durability and purpose, and less so about leather trimmed glove boxes and the size of oneís touch screen as we see here in the full-size (F-150) market. So itís less about constant refreshes and updates, and more about maintaining quality. Itís worked similarly for Dodge and its seasoned Charger and Challenger muscle cars, which took home a JD Power quality award last year.

But enough about all that, youíre here for the next-generation Ford Ranger.
Below is a livestream to the official 2023 Ford Ranger reveal, which will debut the global-spec model that will launch in Australia, followed by Europe and other key markets. Itís an early preview of what to expect from the next-generation Ranger here in the United States, which will likely see tweaks to its suspension tuning, tires, operating software, engines and payload/towing specs. That said, the sheetmetal is expected to be uniform, as is the interior.

The all-new P703 Ford Ranger will be sold all over the world. And as such, itís bound to undergo all sorts of obscure levels of abuse. Like shepherds recovering their astray heard of sheep that made it all the way to a rocky, salty shoreline on the west coast of Crete. Or overlanding for a month in the Australian Outback. Or turning over the miles over an icy road in the Siberian tundra. Or, perhaps being overloaded beyond its max payload capacities during Argentinian wine harvest season. Or being used as a mining service truck in the horn of Africa.
And also because itís sold all over the world, there are bound to be more than a few customers that could use a bit of coaching with their new truck. So Ford also outlined its Ranger Concierge program, which gives Ranger owners 24/7 access to somebody who can help them with anything from pairing their bluetooth device to configuring their FordPass app.

At launch, the P703 Ford Ranger will come in five trim levels: the base XL, then to XLS, the XLT, the Sport, and famed Wildtrak. The next-gen Ranger Raptor will debut in three months.

Depending on your trim level, the next-gen Ford Ranger comes with three engines: a pair of four-cylinder turbo diesels with either one or two turbochargers, as well as a powerful 3.0L V6 turbodiesel. Both six and 10-speed automatic transmissions will send power to the wheels based on the engine and trim level.

Is this ďnewĒ 3.0L V6 diesel the short-lived Power Stroke V6 from the F-150? We hope to find out soon. Either way, itís an existing Ford engine, not a ground-up design, thatís making its way into the next-gen Ranger. Power output for the V6 diesel Ranger is not immediately available, nor are the trim levels that will support it.

The next-generation P703 Ford Ranger will also feature 600 accessories to choose from at launch. Thatís three times more than the Bronco. Ford says that a significant amount are from ARB. No low shelf stuff here.

The P703N Ford Ranger bound for the United States and Canada wonít be around until 2023, so we have two more years of the current T6 model (and special editions like the Ranger Splash) before the one that debuted today starts rolling out of the Michigan Assembly Plant, just a stoneís throw away from Detroit Metro Airport. And expect it to be around for at least 10 years. 2031 is when the product lifecycle of the P703N Ranger is reportedly scheduled to end.
Additionally, the North American markets will finally enjoy the Ford Ranger Raptor, which is expected to share a lot of hardware with the upcoming Ford Bronco Raptor. That could spell trouble for the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, and GMC Canyon AT4X. More exciting times await.
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Old 11-24-2021, 05:58 AM   #2
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Presenting The All-New 2023 Ford Ranger: Bigger And Better

The midsize truck war rages on.

We knew it was coming soon and now it's finally arrived. Meet the new 2023 Ford Ranger. Revealed in right-hand-drive configuration, the latest midsize Ranger is a global pickup truck. Aside from possibly a few minor styling differences inside and out, this is the truck America will get. Ford says it sought guidance from customers across the globe during the design and engineering stages. Over 5,000 interviews and dozens of customer workshops were held. They came away with three key focus areas: work, family, and play.

Development was led by the Blue Oval's Product Development Center in Australia, a country that knows a thing or two about off-roading. The new exterior has a bold look, featuring a new grille, C-clamp headlights, and enhanced wheel arches. For the first time, matrix LED headlights will be available. Fingers crossed this will be the case for the US, too. The taillights sport a similar styling theme to the headlights..

Three trims are included in the reveal: XLT, Sport, and Wildtrak. Again, these are overseas configurations so US trims will differ to varying degrees. Ford describes the cabin as "car-like" that comes packed with soft-touch materials and a portrait-style 10.1 or optional 12-inch touchscreen running the Sync4 infotainment system. Underneath the tough-looking body lies an upgraded version of the T6 chassis though the wheelbase and track have both been stretched by nearly two inches (50 mm). This allows for a larger bed with an optional cargo management system.

The front-end structure is hydro-formed in order to create additional space in the engine bay for a new V6. Ford says that it "helps to future-proof the Ranger for other propulsion technologies." Read: a future all-electric model. That extra space serves another purpose by opening up the truck's front to allow more airflow to the radiator.

At launch, three turbo diesel engines will be offered (in Australia): a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6, and single- and twin-turbo 2.0-liter inline four-cylinders. Specific output figures weren't given though the single turbo will have two levels of power and performance to suit the needs of small businesses and fleet buyers. The engine America is bound to get is the familiar 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. An updated 10-speed automatic will likely be America's transmission choice, though Australia is getting both a six-speed manual and automatic. Two four-wheel-drive systems, an electronic shift-on-the-fly system, or a full-time 4x4 system are on offer.

Nearly 600 factory-backed accessories will be available, depending on the market. Production for the new Ranger will begin next year in Thailand and South Africa for overseas markets. Details of America's new Ranger will come later and we expect it'll continue to be built at the Michigan Assembly Plant near Detroit.
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I would punch a nun for a good hybrid version.
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Old 11-25-2021, 10:44 AM   #4
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I like it, the headlights match the proportions of the truck better than the current ones.
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