Ranger is going to be one of the most anticipated upcoming truck. There are a lot of potential upgrades that will draw attention. As soon as the pickup was back in US dealerships, fans knew that turbo-four is not going to be the only powertrain in the lineup. Immediately, rumors about the 2023 Ford Ranger V6 starter to swirl. That is not all. The truck might get a hybrid or the PHEV configuration, or even become the EV.
A new engine could also cause the new version to be introduced. Even louder than the new engine are rumors about the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor. The performance-oriented truck won’t be only a rival to Chevy Colorado ZR2 and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, but it is going to take the driving to the totally new level. Ford already did it with F-150 Raptor.
There are more things about the Ranger for the future. The facelift is going to make the appearance more attractive. The interior is already modern and packed with advanced features, so we don’t expect changes there.
2023 Ford Ranger V6 and Hybrid
Under the hood of the US version of the pickup truck is a 2.3-liter turbo-four engine with 310 hp. It is powerful enough to compete with rivals using V6 plants. The towing capacity is also competitive. Still, turbo lags are making truckers prefer naturally-aspirated units. So, even since the relaunch in the US, they wanted another option. A V6 for example. And that is about to happen. Still, we don’t know what kind of a six-cylinder engine it would be – a naturally-aspirated one, or turbocharged. The second option will lead to the performance version.
One of the potential outcomes is a hybrid configuration, based on a V6 engine. This is going to work. Combining turbo and hybrid systems might be too complicating. On the other hand, we already saw the combo of V6 and electric unit. For the Explorer SUV, this setup is good for 320 hp. For the 2023 Ford Ranger Hybrid, the main point is to increase towing capacity. So, a plug-in hybrid configuration might also be the option, to maximize the performance.
2023 Ford Ranger Raptor
Speaking of high-output version, the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is still the most anticipated truck. This package is available on its closest siblings – Ford F-150 in the US, and Ranger version for the rest of the world. Outside the United States, the truck is using a diesel unit. Although companies are trying to get rid of oil burners, Ford might take the same drivetrain. Less likely. Instead, a turbocharged six-cylinder powertrain is a better option. The F-150 is using a high-output version of a 3.5-liter displacement. Ranger might use a lighter engine in the combination with powerful turbochargers. Such a model is estimated to deliver about 400 horsepower.
Release Date and Price
The new generation of the truck is coming in 2024. So, all those big engine changes might be delayed for the complete redesign. The 2023 Ford Ranger will be out in next few months and then we will see the intentions of the leading truckmaker in the world.