2023 Ford Ranchero Returns as a Small Pickup

If the most recent reports are correct, the return of the 2023 Ford Ranchero is about to happen, and it is due early next year. The new Ranchero, like the Ford Maverick before it, will be small and compact, but it will feature a roomy cabin. Ford produced the Ranchero model four decades ago. If sources are correct, the new vehicle will be based on the same chassis as the current compact Ford Maverick.

The frame, on the other hand, will reportedly be larger, and we anticipate it to be more durable. And while the Ranchero should be slightly larger, it will represent a more affordable buying option. Therefore, don’t expect a luxury lifestyle model or anything similar.

Exterior Design

The styling of the next 2023 Ford Ranchero will be based on the current truck in the lineup. We expect this new model to have the same enticing angular look as the Maverick. Furthermore, the new Ranchero might be built on the same platform as this model. As a result, the truck’s proportions will be decreased, and the ground clearance will be not so great.

Most likely, the overall design will be similar to that of the Maverick. In any event, we expect 17-inch wheels to be standard. Of course, Ranchero will offer larger wheels as an option, along with the unique exterior colors and various optional equipment.

Ford Ranchero Interior

The 2023 Ford Ranchero’s cabin will be heavily influenced by the Ford Escape crossover, per source. As a result, a cabin that is both roomy and technologically modern is likely. We don’t expect the same level of luxury as the present Escape, but we do expect a practical interior with plenty of room for five people.

From what we know, entry-level Ranchero will be “boring” as we expect cloth upholstery and lots of cheap plastics. An 8-inch SYNC 4 infotainment display will come as standard, which is a good thing. Besides that, Ranchero will provide regular features such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and radio. Of course, if you want more luxury, upper trim levels should deliver a higher level of comfort and more standard features.

Powertrain Options

Under the hood, the 2023 Ford Ranchero will most likely offer a standard 1.5-liter engine. It is a fuel-efficient gasoline powertrain that will not provide so much power. The optional 2.0-liter gasoline unit will focus on power, more than on the mileage. However, the highlight of this model should be a hybrid powertrain.

This is very interesting, as we don’t know if the Ranchero will borrow a hybrid setup from Maverick pickup or the Escape crossover. The Maverick seems like a more probable outcome, as it offers a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit in combination with an electric motor and 94-kW battery pack. This mix is capable of producing 190 hp.

2023 Ford Ranchero Launch Date and Price

As we said, the whole idea is to provide a very affordable pickup truck. The 2023 Ford Ranchero is exactly that, so its price should start at around $20,000. It will be a compact pickup that should go on sale in early 2023. Until then, we are waiting for the Blue Oval carmaker to make it official.

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