2023 Ford Ranger Platinum Debuts With Luxury Updates And 7,000-lb. Towing Capacity

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Should this trim come Stateside, it could become rather popular.

There's now a new Platinum trim for the European market Ford Ranger pickup truck, which is set to be headed to America come 2023 as a 2024 model. Within reason, that also means the Ranger lineup could include this new Platinum trim, currently offered on existing Ford America trucks like the F-150. Of course, we also know that Ford is plotting a Raptor trim here in the States as well.

Over in Europe, the brand's 236 horsepower 442 lb-ft 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel powers the new Platinum trim, and is paired with a 10-speed automatic with AWD. Towing capacity is up to 7,716 lbs. The Platinum is available only in 5-seat, double cab spec, and buyers can expect a range (ha) of luxury features.

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Ford Europe positions this above the Ranger's Wiltrak trim, an off-road focused model loosely similar to FX4 trims here in the US, or Bronco Wildtrak trims. A unique front grille with a matte chrome finish is complimented by the 20-inch diamond-polish wheels seen below, and Ford also offers a soft-close tailgate, privacy glass, and DRLs on the trim.

Inside, the Ranger has updated leather upholstery throughout, including front quilted and perforated leather seats. These are 10-way adjustable with heating and ventilation.

Ford fits "open-grained dark maple wood" trim where lower trims would be lucky to have faux aluminum, and the brand's ambient lighting is standard on Platinum models.

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Infotainment is handled by two huge 12-inch screens with the latest version of Ford Sync. Platinum models get an 8-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system paired with the aforementioned infotainment unit as well. FordPass Connect modems are standard, which allows for real-time OTA updates to the truck.

As for driver assistance, many of the Wildtrak's systems are lifted into the Platinum. That includes park assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, and a 360-degree camera.

Ford says production for the Ranger Platinum will start in March next year, which could coincide well with a North American debut. Pricing has not been announced.

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