One of the country’s most anticipated vehicles, the 2023 Ford Ranger, has finally arrived in the Philippines. Saying that the Ranger is an important vehicle for Ford Philippines is an understatement. After all, with the Ranger accounting for nearly half of the brand’s sales locally, there’s no room for mistakes here.
As mentioned in one of our prior articles, the 2023 Ford Ranger will come in five initial variants (not counting their drivetrain and transmission combinations): XL, XLS, XLT, Sport (shown in grey), and Wildtrak (shown in orange). The range kicks off with the fleet-oriented XL, and this gets you steel wheels, halogen headlights, black door handles, and body-colored B-pillars. The next variant up is the XLS, and this now gives you step boards, blacked-out B-pillars, body-colored mirrors, halogen foglights, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Stepping up to the XLT finally gets you LED headlights with C-shaped LED daytime running lights, LED foglights, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a chrome grille.
Expected to be the best-seller of the range is the Sport, which now comes with dark gray accents on the mirrors and grille, fender flares, 18-inch two-tone wheels, a bedliner, rain sensing wipers, LED foglights, smart entry with push-button start, dual side steps for the bed, and two recovery tow hooks. Lastly, the range-topping Wildtrak comes with 18-inch Wildtrak alloy wheels, exterior puddle lamps, and a tailgate lift assist that makes the tailgate easy to lift up, though the Wildtrak 4×4 gains adaptive matrix LED headlights with static bending lights and automatic high beams.
As for the interior, it’s surprising to note that even the base XL gets plenty of tech goodies since the 10.1-inch SYNC4 infotainment with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is offered as standard, along with the 8-inch digital gauge cluster. Cloth seats also come as standard on the XL, XLS, and XLT, though upon stepping up to the XLT, you can now expect to see gloss black trims to brighten up what was otherwise a spartan interior in the lower grades. This variant also benefits from a wireless charging pad.
Graduating towards the Sport finally gives you an auto-dimming rearview mirror, wireless charging, wireless connection for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, windshield-mounted USB port, and Sport-specific seats upholstered in synthetic and genuine leather. The top trim Wildtrak variants come with a slightly larger 12-inch screen for the SYNC4 infotainment system, intelligent voice assistant, genuine leather interior, electronic parking brake, dual-zone climate control, as well as a 230V outlet for rear seat occupants.
Two engine choices are available depending on the variant of your choice. Most variants will come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces 168 hp and 405 Nm of torque, and this is mated to ether a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. Exclusive to the Ranger Wildtrak 4×4 is a twin-turbo version of the 2.0-liter diesel engine, and it produces 210 hp and 500 Nm of torque. These two engines are carried over from the outgoing Ranger, but it comes with significant improvements in refinement.
The previous-generation Ford Ranger was a pioneer in the segment when it comes to safety and driver assistance tech, and this new model aims to continue that streak–at least if you get the Wildtrak 4×4 variant. While all variants come with the usual suite of airbags, hill start assist, electronic stability control, and a reverse camera for XLT variants and above, it’s only the Wildtrak 4×4 that gets the full suite of advanced driver-assistance tech. This includes stuff such as a 360-degree camera, automatic emergency braking with post-collision brake, full-speed adaptive cruise control with lane centering, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, just to name a few.
The 2023 Ford Ranger is now on sale in the Philippines at the following prices:
- Ranger Bi-Turbo Wildtrak 4×4 AT: P1,875,000
- Ranger Wildtrak 4×2 AT: P1,569,000
- Ranger Sport 4×4 AT: P1,594,000
- Ranger Sport 4×2 AT: P1,474,000
- Ranger XLT 4×2 AT: P1,374,000
- Ranger XLS 4×2 AT: P1,273,000
- Ranger XLS 4×2 MT: P1,198,000
- Ranger XL 4×4 MT: P1,198,000