Ford Motor Company has just unveiled the Next Gen 2023 Ford Ranger lineup that makes light work of sporting a Trayon Camper. Its smart design and high-tech features make all the difference when it comes to a ute built for work, family, and play.
The new features are designed as a response to what Ford Australia customers asked for. The new Ford Ranger has more versatility than ever before, with a range of accessories and collaborations with suppliers like ARB. A supremely comfortable interior and a tough, practical exterior work together as a perfect camping companion to your Trayon camper.
Ford Australia Ranger Models & Pricing
Ford Ranger XL
The Ford Ranger XL model comes with a bold new front face, sporting a new black grille and halogen daytime running lamps. Rugged conditions are no match for the solid and durable 16-inch steel wheels that come ready to roll with larger wheel arches, new fender flares, and 50mm increased track width. The Ranger XL model should be available in single, double, or super body and with either cab chassis or ute body.
The Ford Ranger XL model features a new cabin that has an increased sense of space due to the new coast-to-coast instrument panel design. There is an integrated 10.1-inch centre LCD touchscreen that is as high-tech as it is tough. The new dash is integrated into the doors on each side, enhancing the sense of cabin width.
In true built Ford Tough fashion, the Ranger XL interior is designed with durable, dark materials that don’t compromise on comfort.
Ford Ranger XLS
The Ford Ranger XLS model features a new black grille with daytime running halogen headlamps and front fog lamps. 16-inch Alloy wheels are modern and distinctive in a Dark Sparkle Silver finish. This model may only come as a double cab.
An integrated 10.1-inch centre LCD touchscreen widens the cabin width with a coast to coast installation. The interior is tough and stylish with durable, dark materials that maximise comfort.
Ford Ranger XLT
The upfront grille on this model has a central chrome bar that interlocks into the C-Clamp LED headlamps. It is built for on and off-road adventures, with 17-inch Alloy wheels with a Dark Sparkle Silver finish. Super cab and double cab are expected to be offered for the Ford Ranger XLT.
It has an integrated 10.1-inch centre LCD touchscreen to maximise perceived cabin width.
Dark colours and accents make up the bold interior. The door trim features a new hex pattern and the air vents are adorned with a Satin Aluminium finish.
Ford Ranger Sport
The sportiest look of all, with modern, dark accents. C-Clamp LED headlamps to illuminate the look in stark contrast to the darkened-out front appearance. 18-inch Alloy wheels come with Asphalt Black accents and a clear matte finish. The Ford Ranger Sport model will most likely only be offered in double-cab form.
A 10.1-inch centre LCD touchscreen is as hi-tech as this model is sporty, set inside a coast-to-coast instrument panel.
Premium materials create a dark finish with glossy black air vents, trims and finish. Small Satin Aluminium accents provide texture along with Aero Grain texture features on the upper dash and in storage areas.
Ford Ranger Wildtrak
The Ford Ranger Wildtrak model has a unique tough-mesh grille design. C-Clamp LED headlamps surround the grille to create a lower front with a signature look. The Wildtrak features bold 18-inch alloy wheels in bolder grey. Wildtrax is expected to be offered only as a double cab.
The cabin width is mentally maximised by the coast-to-coast instrument panel. A 12-inch centre, integrated, LED touchscreen.
The interior features showcase stunning ebony that pops with a Cyber Orange stitching, including a Wildtrak logo on the seats. There are Bolder Grey accents and Satin Aluminium touchpoints.
Next-Gen Ford Ranger Raptor
This model is inspired by desert racing with Matrix LED headlamps that ignite the bold FORD letters emblazoned on the grille. A chassis mounted bumper and a 2.3mm-thick steel bash plate finish the front, ready to take on the road. Optional Beadlock capable 17” wheels are designed to minimise damage from rocks during any off-roading.
A coast-to-coast dashboard comes fully equipped with a 12-inch centre touch screen. It is part of a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster with a fully configurable layout and gauges.
The seats are made for performance, modelled after jet-fight sport seats. Both the rear and front are comfortable and supportive. They feature unique stitching and suede inserts for maximum comfort and style.
See estimated drive away pricing details for each model below:
|Model||Estimated Drive Away Price* (AUD)|
|Ford Ranger XL||$46,543|
|Ford Ranger XLS||$51,075|
|Ford Ranger XLT||$65,967|
|Ford Ranger SPORT||$68,542|
|Ford Ranger WILDTRAK||$72,147|
|Ford Ranger RAPTOR||Final Pricing TBA|
Cab Chassis Models
Note that only the Ford Ranger XL (single, super, double cab) and XLT (double cab only) models are available in cab chassis body styles. This is ideal for customers who are looking for easier and affordable after-purchase customisations to their Ford Rangers (no need to remove the load tubs after the purchase). This bodystyle is also perfect for additions that require a flat surface to lay on (e.g. aluminium trays for trade, slide on campers). They are also more practical and versatile with the types of loads you can carry. Trayon Campers notes that slide on campers work best with cab chassis ute for the following reasons:
- Typically lighter weight with fewer welds / joins in the foundation of the camper
- Better accessibility to storage, and more storage options without wheel arches in the way
- Better weight distribution spread across a flat tray
- Longer life: Often aluminium trays are fixed directly to the chassis, where tubs are not always
- Compact comfort with a lower profile (better aerodynamics and fuel efficiency)
Available V6 Engine Body Styles
At this time, only the V6 engine variant of the XLT model will be offered in Double Cab Chassis bodystyle. Annoyingly the Super Cab Pick-up is available for the 2.0L Bi-Turbo ONLY, no V6 option, this is a disappointing setback for tradies and adventurists to say the least. The Sport, Wildtrack and Raptor V6 models will come in Double Cab Pick-up bodystyle only.
Ford Ranger Specs
Ford Australia has only provided a partial specs list of their new Ranger lineup at this time. On the other hand, popular car review website CarExpert has also recently published an article detailing the complete specifications across all variants.
|Ranger Raptor||Ranger XL||Ranger XLS||Ranger XLT||Ranger Sport||Ranger Wildtrak|
|Output||292kW@ 5,650 rpm||125kW @ 3,500rpm||154kW @ 3,750rpm||15kW @ 3,750rpm||154kW @ 3,750rpm||154kW @ 3,750rpm|
|600Nm@1,750-2,500rpm||405Nm @ 1,750-2,500rpm||500Nm @ 1,750-2,000rpm||500Nm @ 1,750-2,000rpm||500Nm @ 1,750-2,000rpm||500Nm @ 1,750-2,000rpm|
|Engine||6-Speed 2.0L Single Turbo Diesel|
|2.0L Bi-Turbo Diesel||2.0L Bi-Turbo Diesel||2.0L Bi-Turbo Diesel||2.0L Bi-Turbo Diesel||2.0L Bi-Turbo Diesel|
|3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel||3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel||3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel|
|Transmission||10-Speed Automatic||6/10-Speed Automatic||10-Speed Automatic||10-Speed Automatic||10-Speed Automatic||10-Speed Automatic|
|BodyStyles||Double Cab Pick-up||Cab-Chassis (Single, Super, Double) Pick-up (Super, Double)||Pick-up (Double)||Cab-Chassis (Double) Pick-up (Super, Double)||Double Cab Pick-up||Double Cab Pick-up|
|Differentials||Electronically Controlled Front & Rear Locking||Electronically-locking rear differential (4×4 models only)|
|Selectable Drive Modes||Normal Eco Sport Tow/Haul Slippery Mud/Ruts (off-road use) Sand (off-road use) Baja Rock Crawl|
|Trail Control||“Cruise Control” for off-road, maintains consistent speeds when driving up or down terrain||Cruise Control with Adjustable Speed Limiter||Cruise Control with Adjustable Speed Limiter||Adaptive Cruise Control||Adaptive Cruise Control||Adaptive Cruise Control|
|Wheels & Tyres||17-inch alloy wheels
17-inch alloy spare wheel
|16-inch steel wheels||16-inch alloy wheels with a Dark Sparkle Silver finish||17- inch alloy wheels with Dark Sparkle Silver finish||18-inch alloy wheels with Asphalt Black accent||Bold 18-inch Alloy wheels, painted in Boulder Grey finish|
|Brakes||Front/rear vented discs and electronic Brake Booster||Front disc and rear drum brakes||Front/rear disc disc breaks||Front/rear disc disc breaks||Front/rear disc disc breaks||Front/rear disc disc breaks|
|Drive Type||4A-4WD drivetrain||4×2
|Front||Unique grille with ‘F-O-R-D’ lettering
Matrix LED headlights
Auto-levelling LED daytime running lights
|Black front grille paired with halogen projector headlamps daytime running lamps||Black front grille with silver accents paired with halogen projector headlamps, daytime running lamps and front fog lamps||Prominent upper front grille
Covered with a chrome central bar
C-Clamp LED headlamps
|Assertive front design with modern dark accent
Skid plate to provide more aggressive look
C-Clamp LED headlamps
|Unique Wildtrak front grille design with tough-mesh Painted in signature Boulder Grey accent colour and C-Clamp LED headlamps|
|Rear Cargo||Rear bumper with integrated step pad/towbar
Full LED tail lights
Unique Raptor dual tow hooks
|Integrated rear box step behind rear wheel for easy side access to the box||+ Power tailgate lock||+ Black tubular sports bar
Bedliner with 12v socket (Pick-up models only)
|+ Black signature ‘Sport’ painted 3D badging||+ Stylised sport hoop in Boulder Grey paired with a floating rail in Super Alloy finish
Power Roller Shutter
Black signature ‘Wildtrak’ painted 3D badging
Power tailgate lock
Towbar with integrated trailer brake controller
|Interior Centre Display||12-inch Centre Mounted Portrait Touchscreen with SYNC 4A Wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto||10.1-inch LCD portrait touchscreen||12-inch LCD portrait touchscreen|
|Instrument Cluster||12.4-inch Customizable Digital Cluster||8-inch colour digital instrument cluster|
|Steering||Selectable Drive Modes
|Tilt and telescopic steering column||Leather trim steering wheel with black stitching||Leather trim steering wheel with black stitching||Leather trim steering wheel with a contrasting Cyber Orange accent stitch|
|Seats||Ford Performance Seats with “Raptor” logo “Code Orange” accented stiching||Ebony cloth trim
8-way manual driver seat
4-way manual front passenger seat
|Leather trim steering wheel with black stitching||Leather trim steering wheel with black stitching|
|Headlamps||Matrix LED||Halogen headlamps and daytime running lamps||Halogen headlamps, daytime running lamps and front fog lamps||C-Clamp LED headlamps
LED Daytime Running Lamps
Front fog lamps
|Cameras||Surround-view camera||Reverse camera (pickup only)||Surround-view camera|
Ford Ranger PowerTrain
There are now more powertrain choices than ever with a new engine and transmission combinations, delivering increased power and more torque. Plus, impressive fuel economy and emissions.
A new and upgraded chassis rides on a wheelbase that is now 50mm longer and a track 50mm wider than the previous ranger models. There is more space in the engine bay thanks to a hydro-formed front end structure that fits the new V6 engine. More airflow can pass through to the radiator as well, which helps keep running temperatures low when carrying heavy loads or towing.
Engine & Gearbox
The Ranger features a new powerful premium 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel optional engine, which according to the manufacturer will produce 184kW of power at 3250rpm and 600Nm of torque. Combined with the 4-wheel drive models, will make the V- powered Rangers the most powerful in its respective category
Additionally, this 3.0 Power Stroke engine will most likely come with a permanent all-wheel-drive system. A 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel is also expected to be offered along with a single-turbo version as well.
Each engine is thought to be coming with 4×2 and part-time 4-wheel drive configurations. The single turbo engine will have the option of a 5-speed manual or 6-speed torque converter auto and the twin-turbo will have a 6-speed manual or 10-speed auto.
Across the Ford Ranger line up, there is a 80L tank regardless of fuel type. We are mostly interested in the V6 Diesel, which on the highway you can expect around 7.5L/100km, or 10L/100km for around town.
Driver Assist Technology
Ford Ranger models now offer next level high-tech control with the E-shifter. Now with 4×4 modes and new selectable drive modes that optimise performance for different surfaces, road conditions and vehicle usage.
It also features driver assist technology like a lane-keeping aid, pedestrian detection, auto high beam, and an integrated modem that will notify you when your vehicle needs maintenance. The FordPass connect options also allow you to start your engine remotely.
The Ford Ranger is built to satisfy a wide variety of customer needs. Whether that is a form of reliable work-oriented transport or serious off-roading capabilities, the Ford Ranger is ready to ride.
The front wheels are now moved forward by 50mm to improve the approach angle and outboard for better off-roading experiences. The rear suspension dampers are also shifted outboard of the frame rails to give drivers and passengers a smoother ride, every drive. This way you get the toughness and durability that comes with the Ranger name, while also getting a comfortable ride that feels like you are sitting inside a luxury sedan.
The new Ford Ranger comes with a choice of two four-wheel-drive systems, an electronic shift-on-the-fly system, or an advanced full-time 4×4 system. Off-road recovery is also upgraded, as there are now prominent dual recovery hooks in the front bumper.
Using the centre LCD touchscreen drivers can go to a dedicated screen for all off-road and drive modes where they can monitor the driveline, steering angle, vehicle pitch, and roll angles among other controls.
The new Ford Ranger has improved its towing experience in response to customers asking for more power and torque. The Ranger now has the 3.0-Litre turbo diesel V6 to tow heavy loads and handle extreme off-roading with a maximum towing capacity of 3500 kg. It is just one of three turbo diesel engine options that will be available at launch, depending on the market.
The Single-Turbo and the Bi-Turbo 2.0-Litre inline four-cylinder diesel will be options that deliver power, torque, and fuel economy to meet the needs of small business owners or commercial vehicles. Transmission choices will include an updated 10-speed automatic.
The gross vehicle mass maxes out at 3280 kg, depending on the model.
Impressive payload capabilities are enhanced with a variety of new driver-assist technologies. Payload capabilities range from 1144kg to 734kg, depending on the model. Keep in mind these payloads may not include the weight of a tray when it comes to cab/chassis specifications.
|Model||Kerb Weight||Payload||Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)||Gross Combined Mass (GCM)|
|Cab-Chassis||4×4 XL 2.0 single turbo dual cab chassis||2046kg||1144kg||3190kg||6200kg|
|4×4 XL 2.0 bi-turbo single cab chassis||1903kg||1327kg||3230kg||6350kg|
|4×4 XL 2.0 bi-turbo super cab chassis||2007kg||1223kg||3230kg||6350kg|
|4×4 XL 2.0 bi-turbo dual cab chassis||2072kg||1158kg||3230kg||6350kg|
|Pick-up||4×4 XL 2.0 single turbo dual cab||2190kg||1000kg||3230kg||6350kg|
|4×4 XL 2.0 bi-turbo super cab||2167kg||1063kg||3190kg||6200kg|
|4×4 XL 2.0 bi-turbo super cab||2167kg||1063kg||3190kg||6200kg|
|XLS||Pick-up||4×4 XLS 2.0 bi-turbo dual cab pick-up||2216kg||1014kg||3140kg||6250kg|
|XLT||Cab-Chassis||4×4 XLT 3.0 V6 dual cab chassis||2129kg||1151kg||3280kg||6400kg|
|Pick-up||4×4 XLT 3.0 V6 dual cab chassis||2129kg||1151kg||3280kg||6400kg|
|4×4 XLT 2.0 bi-turbo super cab pick-up||2178kg||1052kg||3230kg||6350kg|
|4×4 XLT 2.0 bi-turbo dual cab pick-up||2225kg||1005kg||3230kg||6350kg|
|Sport||Pick-up||4×4 Sport 2.0 bi-turbo dual cab pick-up||2216kg||1014kg||3140kg||6250kg|
|4×4 Sport 3.0 V6 dual cab pick-up||2300kg||980kg||3280kg||6400kg|
|Wildtrak||Pick-up||4×4 Wildtrak 2.0 bi-turbo dual cab pick-up||2295kg||985kg||3280kg||6350kg|
|4×4 Wildtrak 3.0 V6 dual cab pick-up||2353kg||997kg||3280kg||6400kg|
|Raptor||Pick-up||4×4 Raptor 3.0TT V6 petrol dual cab pick-up||2431kg||753kg||3130kg||5370kg|
Design & Features
The 2023 Ford Ranger is the best yet when it comes to versatility. It caters to the extremes of work and daily duties, with a modern and flexible interior equipped with smart features and plenty of storage options. This truck doubles as an office with sumptuous leather trim and impressive Ford connectivity.
Ford Ranger Exterior
The new Ford Ranger Pick Up models are now sized to fit Euro-size pallets (1,200mm x 800mm between the wheel arches) so you can load full pallets right into the tub bed. C-clamp-shaped headlamps create the signature built Ford tough look. An embossed tailgate and LED tail lamps light up the back.
However, our customers aren’t that interested in style side tub variants. The 4×4 Cab Chassis variants are only available for both the entry-level 4×4 Ranger XL (single, super, double cab) and the more powerful 4×4 XLT Double cab V6 3.0 engine model. Sadly they don’t appear to have a Cab Chassis – Super Cab with the more powerful V6 engine.
Unfortunately, there is no available Cab Chassis Ranger Wildtrak or Raptor out of the box, however, in the past you could convert it to a tray back with an aftermarket tray. At this stage, we are not sure if Ford will allow that under the warranty.
Cab chassis allow for either a factory or aftermarket aluminium tray which our customers love because they are much more versatile. You have a bigger and more usable flat surface for things like cargo, toolboxes or a Trayon Camper.
To make up for the fewer cab chassis options, Ford has gone the extra mile to keep their super-cab models as a 4-seater, while still following ANCAP safety standards. This is especially notable as other manufacturers, including Mazda and Isuzu, have stated that they are reducing their cab/half models seating capacities to two.
Zone lighting illuminates the Ranger Wildtrak, Ranger XLT, and Ranger Sport. A network of lights is created from headlamps, external mirror puddle lamps, rear box lamps, and tail lamps to illuminate the entire perimeter of the vehicle, so you can work or play after dark. It is controlled by the integrated touchscreen or FordPass app remotely. This comes standard on Wildtrak and is an optional extra on Ranger XLT and Ranger Sport pick-up model range.
Ford Ranger Interior Cabin
Flexible seating allows you to carry larger items inside or relax in the cabin with greater comfort. The front seats can fully recline and the rear seats fold flat. This is only available on double cab models.
Premium touches like sparkling silver embellishments and a leather-wrapped steering wheel elevate the style of the cabin.
There is an optional roof-mounted auxiliary switch bank that runs up to 6 switches via an auxiliary fuse box. This allows you to control accessories such as light bars, winches, and air compressors from the driver’s seat. Only available as an add-on for Wildtrak.
Along with the luxurious interior features, all models feature a fully digital instrument panel that is managed by Ford’s SYNC4 system. The focal point is an integrated, hi-tech LCD touchscreen. There are 10.1-inch touchscreens on Ranger XL, Ranger XLS, and Ranger XLT models. There is a 12-inch touchscreen on the Ranger Wildtrak truck.
A slew of high tech features and Ford connectivity options are added to the new models. Including an embedded modem that packs the ranger with smart functionality. Control all by your voice, phone, or central touchscreen by linking with the FordPass app.
A 360-degree camera is also linked to the centre screen to make parking a breeze, along with assisting in particularly tricky terrain when on an adventure. You can also control the exterior zone lighting by using the touchscreen or the FordPass Connect app, which means you can set up camp in the dark without missing a beat. Any software updates will be seamless thanks to the embedded modem.
Upgrades & Optional Extras
There are plenty of options when it comes to upgrades and extras for all three body styles. There are almost 600 fully factory-backed work, urban, and adventure accessories to choose from. Any of these extras will be fully backed by Ford’s New Vehicle Warranty of up to five years.
An example of these accessory options includes an auxiliary battery accessory kit to enjoy extra power for work or play or upgrades to the trim level for the ultimate luxury sedan feel.
Accessory availability may not be available in all markets. Consult with an authorised Ford dealer for the most up to date information about optional features, specifications and prices
Ford-licensed ARB Accessories
Ford Australia, in partnership with accessories manufacturer ARB, is offering a range of manufacturer-licensed accessories for the 2022 Ford Ranger lineup. This is great news as it will ensure better integration of accessories with your brand new Ford Ranger.
This is the first time in history that we are aware that Ford is Collaborating with an After marketing accessories manufacturer prior to the launch of the vehicle. We are excited about that, however, because it is the first time we are yet to see the pros and cons of this.
The ARB upgrades extend to a variety of protection equipment including bullbars, side-steps and rear bar; suspension packages; underbody protection; air compressor fitment; Linx integration; Air Lockers; canopies; roof racks; driving lights; dual-battery systems. Let’s have a look:
Note: Pricing estimates do not include fitting/labour costs and are subject to change. Please contact your Ford dealer or ARB Accessories for the most updated pricing and product info.
|Frontal protection||Summit Bar MKII||$3225 ($3275 for models with parking sensors and front camera)|
|Summit Sahara Bar MKII||$2925 ($2975 for models with parking sensors and front camera); $245 polished tube kit, $725 for black tube kit|
|Under vehicle protection||Under Vehicle Protection (UVP) – 3mm laser-cut and press-formed sheet||$1195|
|Under Vehicle Armour – crosslinked polymer||$21195|
|Rear protection||ARB Summit Rear Step Tow Bar||$1835|
|Summit side rails and steps||Summit Side Steps||$1095|
|Summit Brush Bars||$795|
|Canopies and sport lids||Sportslid||$2855|
|Classic (Plus, Smooth, Textured)||$2640 – $3815|
|Suspension systems||GVM upgrade||TBA|
|Nitrocharger Sport Front Struts; Rear Shocks||$650 (front pair); $370 (rear pair)|
|Old Man Emu BP51 Front Struts; Rear Shocks||$2090 (front pair); $1430 (rear pair)|
|Roof rack systems||Base Rack Mounting Kit||$495|
|Base Rack Roof Rack||$695|
|ARB air lockers||ARB Air Lockers||$1150 each ($2300 for both)|
|Snorkels||Safari V-Spec Snorkel||$638|
|Long range fuel tank||Frontier Long Range Diesel Tank||$1360|
Currently there is no information about GVM Upgrades. We think this will be key because if people can spec up 35k worth of aftermarket accessories from the factory floor, they can easily use too much of the payload up and have little room for things like slide on campers, canopies, people, water, luggage, fridges etc.
However, we have heard along the grape vine that ARB and Oldman Emu are both potentially developing suspension options which typically is an indication that weight is being considered.
If people start to accessories more from the factory, larger GVM upgrades will likely be needed. Companies like Lovells and Pedders have a history of pushing the envelope when it comes to GVM Upgrades. However, we probably won’t see upgrades with them in 2022, as they would still need to develop after launch.
|Nitrocharger Sport Front Struts; Rear Shocks||$650 (front pair); $370 (rear pair)|
|Old Man Emu BP-51 Front Struts; Rear Shocks||$2090 (front pair); $1430 (rear pair)|
|OME Rear Leaf Springs||$740 to $980 (pair)|
|OME Front Fitting Kit||$175|
|OME Rear Fitting Kit||$100|
|OME Trim Packer||$20|
|OME Driveline Spacer Kit||$25|
|OME Headlight Sensor Bracket||$25|
|OME Bump Stop Adapter Kit||$22|
|OME Diff Breather Extension Kit||$7|
Pros and Cons
The new Ford Ranger models are scheduled for release in July 2022. You may check the Ford Australia website for the full details regarding local specifications and prices. Please consult with an authorised Ford Australia dealer for the most up to date information about features, specifications, prices, optional equipment and availability before you decide to place an order.
The Next-Gen Ford Ranger looks to be a class leading development from Ford. With Ford starting to embrace the fitment of aftermarket accessories which is SO common in Australia, it could be likely that this could put Toyota on alert with their top selling ute, the Toyota Hilux.
We are yet to see what GVM options will be available, however, we have no doubt that many Trayon customers will want to fit these out to be their ideal touring machines.
Are you looking to set up your new Ford Ranger, or any vehicle, as your touring vehicle? Trayon Campers turnkey services are perfect to help you not only navigate the thousands of aftermarket decisions, but we will also provide you the right options so you can focus on what works well. We will do all the legwork for you. We can source the vehicle and get it completely set up. So all you have to do is come pick it up and drive away. Please call or email us if you have any questions or request more information about Trayon Campers your One Stop Shop.