The next-generation 2023 Ford Ranger is an exciting topic to follow, and information has slowly been trickling out over the past year or two. Previously, we’ve covered that the debut will be sometime this year as Ford Europe released a promo video earlier this month. However, there’s now some insider information revealed on the Ranger6g.com forum that indicates a potential production timeline. According to the forum, it doesn’t look like the Ranger will be for sale in the U.S. until around July 2023.
Next-Gen Ford Ranger To Reach America After Global Release
The global spec model, tested in Australia, is still set to launch in 2022, while production may not begin for the U.S. Ranger until around May 2023 at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. The plant will have a lot of activity with the Ford Bronco and Volkswagen Amarok (part of a joint partnership between Ford and Volkswagen) also getting assembled there. There’s even a chance another Volkswagen product could see production at the plant with the hint at a Volkswagen Scout reaching the off-road market. But we’re just speculating about that one.
The next-generation Ford Ranger is expected to have a standard 2.3L EcoBoost engine. In contrast, rumor has the Ranger Raptor carrying either a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 as seen with the Ford F-150, or a 3.0L EcoBoost V6, which is found in the Ford Explorer ST. As Ford works to make the transition to Electric, there is also a rumored hybrid powertrain. It looks like competition is ramping up for the mid-size truck market as the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will also release in 2023, along with the previously mentioned Volkswagen Amarok expected to debut by 2022.
The next-generation Ford Ranger not reaching the U.S. market until the Summer of 2023 is disappointing news, and it looks like the production life will end in 2031. But with the issues Ford has been having with Bronco production, it may be a perfect window to allow the Assembly plant to get their ducks in a row.