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2023 Ford Ranger features revealed, launch set for second half

2023 Ford Ranger features revealed, launch set for second half

The upcoming next-generation Ford Ranger will come to Australia in six different grades, ranging from the entry-level XL to the flagship Raptor.

Launched in November last year as the replacement of the current generation Ranger, which has been in service since 2011, the newest iteration is aimed at securing Ford's place at the top of the sales charts – not only by building on the success of the outgoing model, but beating its rivals across the board.

While pricing hasn't yet been announced, Ford has announced detailed information for the upcoming Ranger, which is expected to launch in the second half of 2022.



Starting out with the base XL variant, the Ranger is equipped with standard features such as:

2023 Ford Ranger features revealed, launch set for second half

2.0-litre single-turbo diesel with six-speed auto or bi-turbo diesel with ten-speed auto
4x2 or 4x4
Locking rear differential (standard on 4x4, optional for 4x2)
Front disc, rear drum brakes
Five body styles – single cab chassis, super cab chassis, double cab chassis, super cab pick-up, double cab pick-up
Trailer tow body wiring (tow bar optional)
Steel underbody protection including transfer case
16-inch steel wheels and full-size spare
Halogen daytime running lights
LED tail lamps (pick up), halogen tail lamps (cab chassis)
Tailgate with lift assist (pick-up only)
Vinyl floor covering
Eight-way manual driver seat, four-way manual front passenger seat with ebony cloth seat trim
Power rear windows (double cab only)
Single zone climate control
10.1-inch LCD portrait touchscreen
Embedded modem
Remote start (via FordPass App)
SYNC 4A infotainment system (with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto)
Coast-to-coast instrument panel with smart storage solutions
Eight-inch colour digital instrument cluster
Tilt and telescopic steering column

Moving up to the XLS, buyers are treated to additional equipment, including:

2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel with ten-speed auto
Four drive modes (normal, eco, slippery, tow/haul)
Dual-cab pick-up only
Black side-steps
Halogen front fog lamps
Black front grille with silver accents, halogen headlamps, daytime running lamps
16-inch alloy wheels in dark sparkle silver finish
16-inch steel spare
Power Tailgate lock
Carpet flooring
Driver floor mat
Six-speaker audio system

The XLT is the next variant on the list, scoring the following on top of the XLS:

2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel with ten-speed auto or 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel with 10-speed auto
e-Shifter (V6 only)
Electronic parking brake
Rear disc brakes
Three body styles – double cab chassis (V6 only, super cab pick-up (bi-turbo only), double cab pick-up (also available in 4x2 bi-turbo only)
Body coloured mirrors and door handles
Tow bar
4x2 locking rear axle
Prominent upper front grille with chrome central bar
LED headlamps
C-Clamp LED daytime running lamps
17-inch alloy wheels in dark sparkle silver finish
17-inch steel spare
Black sports bar (pick-up only)
Rear box illumination (pick-up only)
Bed-liner including 12-volt socket (super sab is fitted with a spray-in bed-liner including a 12-volt socket)
Dual zone climate control
Embedded satellite navigation/TMC/DAB radio
Embedded voice assistant
Leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter
Smart keyless entry with push button start
Electrochromatic mirror

The Sport grade returns too as the next cab off the rank, available as a 4x4 dual-cab only with equipment above the XLT such as:

4x4 only
Six rotary select drive modes (normal, eco, slippery, tow/haul, sand, mud/ruts)
Double cab pick-up only
Dark accent grille
LED front fog lamps
Dark exterior accents
Two front-mounted tow hooks
Skid plate
18-inch alloy wheels and spare with machined-face and asphalt black accent
Two front floor mats
Wireless charging
Off-road screen
Eight-way power driver’s seat, eight-way manual passenger seat with ebony leather accents, ‘SPORT’ embossing

Maintaining its place as the range-topping diesel variant, the Wildtrak adds even more equipment, including:

Unique Wildtrak front grille design with tough mesh painted in signature boulder grey accent
Integrated trailer brake controller
Exterior mirror with puddle lamps and zone lighting
Roof rails
Aluminium load box tie down rails
18-inch alloy wheels painted in boulder grey, including matching spare with Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tyres
Wildtrak moulded sports bar
Power roller shutter
Cargo management system
Ambient lighting
Pull-out cup holder
12-inch colour touchscreen
Eight-way power adjustable driver and passenger front seats with heating and Wildtrak leather accents

Finally the range-topping Raptor, boasting serious off-road credentials with the following features:

3.0-litre V6 Twin-Turbo EcoBoost petrol engine with 10-speed automatic
Active exhaust
Fox racing 2.5-inch live valve suspension and Watts Link coil suspension
Electronic locking front differential
Full-time 4x4
Unique ‘F-O-R-D’ block letter grille
Matrix LED headlamps auto dynamic levelling with LED daytime running lights
Full LED tail lamps
LED front fog lamps
2.3mm-thick front bash plate
Raptor dual tow hooks
Spray-in bed-liner
17-inch alloy wheels with T285/70 R17 BF Goodrich K02 High Performance All Terrain tyres (beadlock capable wheels optional)
12.4-inch customisable digital instrument cluster
Paddle shifters
Seven drive modes (normal, sport, slippery, mud/ruts, sand, Baja, rock crawl)


A number of optional packs will be made available for the Ranger line-up, all the way from the XL to the Wildtrak.

Integrated trailer brake controller
Tow bar
SYNC 4A infotainment system with embedded satellite navigation/TMC/DAB radio
Dual-zone climate control
Second-row air vents
Smart keyless entry with push button start and body-coloured door handles
Integrated trailer brake controller
360-degree camera
Zone lighting
Six overhead auxiliary switches
Matrix LED headlights
Full LED tail lamps
Premium Bang & Olufsen ten-speaker audio system

Engine and drivetrain

As previously reported by Wheels, the next-gen 2023 Ford Ranger will be powered by a range of four engines across its six grades.