2023 Ford Ranger Spied In XLT, FX4, And Wildtrak Trims

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The new Ranger is a handsome pickup.

With the all-new Maverick launched this year and a new generation of the large F-150 here, the time has come for Ford's mid-size Ranger pickup to be updated. The current Ranger on sale in the US is a solid truck but it's now become rather dated. Although Ford has gone to great lengths to conceal the new Ranger in pre-production testing, we already got a decent look at a partially camouflaged version of the pickup earlier this month. Now, we have a revealing new spy photo taken in Thailand that shows the 2023 Ranger in XLT, FX4, and Wildtrak trims, from left to right. We think you'll agree that the new truck is a big improvement.

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Most of the XLT is concealed but we have a nice look at the FX4 and Wildtrak models. Although sharing some styling cues with the Maverick and F-150, the new Ranger has a fresh, distinctive front fascia. Dual bars that run across its face connect the headlights, which have a stylish wraparound design and lighting signature. The Wildtrak has a particularly bold grille treatment, and the fog light surrounds for this model are in black, whereas the FX4 has silver surrounds. Although there's no telling exactly how big the new Ranger is at this point, it appears to have grown and that would be no surprise with the Maverick taking care of customers who don't need a bulky pickup.

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The XLT looks to have lower profile tires than the FX4, which is no surprise since the latter model has always been more off-road-focused. The existing FX4 Off-Road package adds equipment like off-road shocks, skid plates, and all-terrain tires. There is no Wildtrak model of the current Ranger although a Wildtrak X was offered in the Australian market. That model came with numerous upgrades like special upholstery and orange/black exterior accents. With production only expected to begin in Michigan in the second half of 2023, Americans will once more have to wait longer for the Ranger. Based purely on its looks, it should cause plenty of headaches for the Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma.

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