If the Ranger line of Ford’s trucks wasn’t big enough, don’t worry because the 2023 Ford Ranger Wildtrak is coming. We know there are a lot of pickups under the Ranger name, they all have their purpose and are specific in their own way. Based on the name of this truck, you can assume that it is designed with a bit of off-roading in mind. And we always welcome a dirt-spurring truck that is going to roam the wilds. Ranger has an already proven pedigree of a great working truck, it has been topping the sales charts for several years.
No wonder Big Blue Oval decided to expand its horizons and introduce more flagships into its lineup. The 2023 Ford Ranger Wildtrak is different in a lot of aspects from its Ranger cousins. Also recently it received a bit of refreshment and redesign to improve the already good features. Also to replace some bad ones that received criticism. Let’s take a more detailed look into the changes that we can expect on the upcoming 2023 Ford Ranger Wildtrak.
On the inside, the new 2023 Ford Ranger Wildtrak doesn’t look cheap or neglected. We can see right away that the seats will get a complete do-over. Now you can choose between fine leather, quality suede, and top-notch fabric. Also, there is a choice of many colors to further customize and personalize your pickup. Ford put in heated and ventilated seats to improve comfortability. This truck is off-road focused, and it will benefit from every bit of comfort it can get. Nobody likes getting sweaty or freezing in their seat while working or enjoying an off-road rally.
Although we would have loved to have a panoramic roof in this off-roading beast, no luck yet. Perhaps in the next redesign, we get what we wished for. We have a coast-to-coast instrument panel that greatly improves the feeling of width and makes it look spacious. In the middle of that panel, we have a 12-inch touchscreen for infotainment. You can play some tunes, and videos, turn on the GPS or perhaps control everything connected to the battery inside the truck. The screen is big enough to let everyone join in on the fun. We have a bit of chrome and leather accents all along with the cabin. This is surely done to improve luxury and upper-class feel.
This way you get a first-class ride inside the 2023 Ford Ranger Wildtrak. There are a lot of buttons on the steering wheel which is great, you don’t have to look to the side to change some settings. This way the safety aspect of driving is increased. Talking about safety we are sure that Ford installed the best driver aid software. We know there is a collision warning alert that will put up a heads-up display and warn you of the impending dangers.
On the outside, there are tweaks and design changes happening as well on the 2023 Ford Ranger Wildtrak. It has the Ranger pedigree and platform but Ford made it even better and more suited for the off-road. The first thing that popped into our eyes was the amazing alloy wheels on the Wildtrak. They are made from alternative materials to save weight, and this is not the only place on the truck where this technique was applied. Tires are large as well as this will be taken off-road and it needs every bit of help it can get to be the best it can be.
On the front, there is a unique front grille with a Big Blue Oval sign that is easy to spot. The grille is also made from lightweight materials to save weight and further improve power to weight ratio. This helps the truck by increasing the towing and hauling capacity, its top speed, and of course, the fuel economy is higher. On the other hand, having a huge grille lets more air under the hood. This keeps the engine department cool and working properly. There weren’t any overheating issues before but you can never be sure and you don’t want to have cooling problems in the middle of the wild.
The ride height is higher to ensure there are no obstacles getting stuck underneath and the cargo bed is of standard length. Headlights are getting a redesign, now they are C-shaped and they hug the ends of the front grille. Latest LED technology is present on them to ensure the best visibility. Also, there should be one LED bar on the roof to improve that visibility but nothing is official yet. The hood will also receive a bit of modernization and is now more aerodynamic and sporty, which is quite nice.
Ford Ranger Wildtrak Engine Specs
The off-roading beast is coming with a great powertrain. First of all, we have a 2.0-liter diesel-powered engine. This little beast produces 130 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Not a lot on paper but more than enough to move the Wildtrak around. Also, we have a 2.0 liter Eco blue that comes with a turbocharger. With this engine, we get four cylinders, 213 horsepower, and 370 pound-feet of torque.
A bit of an upgrade for sure but fuel economy is also better on this one. They are all-wheel drive, both of the powertrains, and arrive with ten-speed automatic transmission. It will be interesting to see if Ford decides to put a hybrid powertrain inside the Wildtrak or maybe an all-electric version. We know they can do it.
2023 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Price and release date
Expect to see the 2023 Ford Ranger Wildtrak on the road in late 2022. Probably last quarter, this is the time that most manufacturers put out their creations. So it is perfect timing for Ford to win more driver’s affection. Starting price is still not available, but we can suspect it will be around the $27000 range.