The next-generation Ford Ranger pickup truck has just been revealed to the world. This new model is a massive redesign of the midsize pickup and while this isn't officially the truck coming to Canada, consider it a preview of the Ranger we expect to see here in 2023.
A new chassis adds a hydro-formed structure up front to allow for a new V6 and "helps future-proof the Ranger for other propulsion technologies," meaning a hybrid or full-electric version could be in the cards. The new chassis has a wheelbase 50 mm longer and a track that's equally wider, with the new nose allowing more airflow for better cooling when towing or hauling.
On top of the new frame is an all-new body that blends the Maverick compact pickup with styling cues from the larger Ford F-150. The truck's head designer Max Tran said that "customers told us the Ranger needs to look tough and needs to inspire confidence," and that's what Ford has delivered.
Ford touted a new 3.0L diesel V6 engine for global markets. Don't expect that engine to be available in Canada, but a 2.3L turbo four-cylinder will be offered, probably with the same 270 hp and 310 lb-ft engine as in the current truck. Expect hybrid and other electrified powertrains down the road as Ford was clear to call out the frame allows them.
Inside, 10.1 and 12.0-inch touchscreens are offered with Ford's Sync 4 infotainment including voice-activated connectivity. Drive mode controls have been moved from the dash and centre console to the new screen. An available 360-degree camera will make parking and off-road driving easier and Ford will offer exterior zone lighting. We should also mention that these photos from Australia show the steering wheel on the right-hand side, so don't expect that to make its way over here!
For more truck utility, Ford says the Ranger will have a plastic moulded bed that will be able to handle plywood or full-size pallets as well as protect from scratches. More cargo tie-down points will be offered as will be a new cargo management system with configurable compartments.
Global production is set to start next year for Europe and Australia, with other markets (including ours) to be announced later.