It seems that the 2023 Ford Ranger is almost ready to be launched in the Philippines. That’s because we’ve spotted a Wildtrak 4×4 Bi-Turbo variant out in the open in Quezon City way before you’re actually supposed to see it.
Numerous photos of the newest and hottest pickup on the block being shipped to dealerships have already been posted on social media, but this is going to be your first up-close look with the upcoming Philippine-market Ranger–specifically a Wildtrak 4×4 Bi-Turbo variant.
From the outside, the new 2023 Ford Ranger draws inspiration from its pickup siblings, the F-150 and Maverick, both of which are primarily for North America. This Wildtrak 4×4 Bi-Turbo variant we’re seeing here comes with an imposing front end that’s characterized by a horizontal grille that’s flanked by C-shaped headlights. Though we still aren’t aware of its local specs, the global market Ranger Wildtrak comes with adaptive matrix LED technology that can individually block each beam as well as provide cornering light function.
The side profile is more on the evolutionary side of things, though the rear end looks much more different compared to its predecessor. Some of its highlights are a new set of LED taillights and a sculpted tailgate design with the Ranger logo now stamped directly onto the sheet metal. The 2023 Ford Ranger also has an integrated step board at the sides of the rear bumper for easier access, while a new set of wheel designs across each model will give the Ranger a more distinct visual identity.
Unfortunately, we haven’t had the chance to see its interior, though thanks to global press photos, there’s no need to imagine what it looks like. Since this is the top-of-the-line Wildtrak 4×4 Bi-Turbo, expect stuff such as a 12-inch SYNC4 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (lower variants get a smaller 10.1-inch unit), fully-digital gauges, a new electronic gear shifter, as well as more premium interior materials. Despite the larger touch screen, there’s still a good number of hard buttons, which will always be a good thing from an ergonomics perspective.
As for what’s powering the new 2023 Ford Ranger, we have to look at Thailand to see what will be offered in our market. Lower variants will most likely come with a 2.0-liter EcoBlue turbo diesel engine that produces 170 hp and 405 Nm of torque, and this will be mated to a 6-speed automatic. Variants equipped with the manual transmission will see those power figures drop slightly to 150 hp and 350 Nm, however.
On the other hand, the Wildtrak 4×4 Bi-Turbo that we see here is definitely powered by the 2.0-liter EcoBlue twin-turbo diesel engine that produces 210 hp and 500 Nm of torque, and this comes with a 10-speed automatic.
Just like the previous generation of the Ranger, this new one will most likely continue its streak of offering the most comprehensive suite of advanced driver-assistance tech in its class. At least in the Wildtrak 4×4 Bi-Turbo, expect features such as a 360-degree camera system, full-speed adaptive radar-guided cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, just to name a few.
Ford Philippines has already opened the order books for the 2023 Ranger, and while we still have no idea on the pricing of each variant, what we do know is that this pickup will have a starting price of P1,198,000.