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Ford’s Global Truck Breaks Cover

Ford Ranger Wildtrak P703 P703N Next-Gen Next-Generation 2023 2024
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Today’s 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. That’s 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 truck’s 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 one’s touch screen as we see here in the full-size (F-150) market. So it’s less about constant refreshes and updates, and more about maintaining quality. It’s worked similarly for Dodge and its seasoned Charger and Challenger muscle cars, which took home a JD Power quality award last year.

Update: the Ford Ranger Raptor has been teased and will debut in three months!

Ford Ranger Wildtrak P703 P703N Next-Gen Next-Generation 2023 2024
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But enough about all that, you’re 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. It’s 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.

Next-Gen Ford Ranger For Global Markets

The all-new P703 Ford Ranger will be sold all over the world. And as such, it’s 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 it’s 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.

Next-Generation Ford Ranger XLT Sport Wildtrak P703
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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 “new” 3.0L V6 diesel the short-lived Power Stroke V6 from the F-150? We hope to find out soon. Either way, it’s an existing Ford engine, not a ground-up design, that’s 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. That’s three times more than the Bronco. Ford says that a significant amount are from ARB. No low shelf stuff here.

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Next-Generation P703N Ford Ranger In America

The P703N Ford Ranger bound for the United States and Canada won’t 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 stone’s 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.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak P703 P703N Next-Gen Next-Generation 2023 2024
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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