Back in 2011, it was easy to look longingly toward Australia as the long-serving North American market Ford Ranger went out of production and the Aussies introduced a new, modern Ranger that would be sold in multiple markets around the world. Fast forward to 2019, and the pain of the old Ranger’s demise in America was finally being felt by Ford, too—the midsize class was taking off, Chevrolet and GMC were jumping back in with the revived Colorado and Canyon, Nissan was selling ancient Frontiers without doing a thing to keep them fresh, and Toyota’s venerable Tacoma was mopping the sales floor with all of ’em.
Finally, we were graced with a “new” midsize Ranger pickup truck from Ford for 2019. Trouble was, what America got was little more than a quickly warmed-over eight-year-old Australian farm truck adapted for the U.S. market. The new global 2023 Ford Ranger—the fifth generation of the midsize pickup—aims to right those wrongs with new styling, a more refined ride, and an upgraded interior, all developed with the North American market in mind from the get-go.
Designed and engineered in Australia, the new 2023 Ranger represents a drastic departure from the previous-generation truck. Gone are the curvy, almost carlike lines of the old Ranger. Instead, the midsize pickup takes on a blockier aesthetic that looks like a plus-size Ford Maverick from some angles and a baby Ford F-150 from others. In other words, it’s a proper-looking truck again.
For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.