Earlier this week, MC&T shared some exclusive spy photos of the upcoming 2023 Ford Ranger with our readers. The truck promises to be a step on from the aging T6 Platform-based model on sale in the States today, which has been available in other markets for over a decade. The increasing presence of these prototypes hints that the truck will make its debut some point next year, before hitting dealerships across the globe. As such, Ford is already starting to gear up production facilities abroad in order to produce the truck. Thanks to a new update from Ford South America, we know that serious adjustments are already being made to the automaker’s Pacheco Plant in Argentina.
South America’s Home Of The 2023 Ford Ranger
According to Ford South America, structural changes to the Pacheco Plant are already well underway. The production facility was actually halted for five weeks during March and April in order to allow these upgrades to begin, as part of a $580 million investment plan announced by Ford in 2020. The money is slated to bring the plant into the modern era, and dramatically transforms the capabilities of the site. The initial changes included updating the foundation and raising the height of the roof throughout the campus. From there, Ford South America will install a new line of high-speed presses, a new chassis line, and 338 welding and handling robots. All of these changes are aimed at increasing the rate and volume at which the 2023 Ford Ranger can be built.
The Ranger is key vehicle to the company’s operation on the continent. In fact, the automaker announced in April that they are upping the expected production figures of the 2023 Ford Ranger in South America by 30 percent due to increased demand. The Pacheco Plant is responsible for all of Ford Ranger production in South America, with 70 percent of those vehicles marked for export to other markets. No U.S. bound 2023 Ford Rangers will be built at the Argentina facility, however. Instead, those trucks will certainly be built at the automaker’s Michigan Assembly Plant.
Michigan Is Still Home For America’s Ranger
As we get closer to the debut of the 2023 Ford Ranger, we will have more concrete information about its production plans here in the United States. Ford likely won’t have to completely overhaul their North American production facilities to produce the truck however, and instead will simply have to do a standard retooling. Either way, it will be nice to get a new mid-size Ford truck that is actually new for once.