New Ford Ranger Redesign is Here, But Hold on To Your Wallet

by Josh Lanier
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The Ford Ranger had some work done. The automaker unveiled the truck’s new look and new engine last week after years of work. But you may have to wait a while to buy one in America.

The next-generation Ranger features a boxier look to its predecessor, with a new grill and lights, Fox News said. Ford gave it a chassis and a wider and longer wheelbase. The automaker overhauled the interior as well. It includes an all-digital display and a 15.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system like what’s inside the Mustang Mach-E.

Buyers will have the option of four different engines on the Ranger, including a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder, two four-cylinder turbodiesels, and a V6 turbodiesel. Ford hasn’t said how much these trucks will cost.

The company will release the truck globally next year. Fox News said it will likely be 2023 before the truck is available in America.

Ford’s Australian team worked on the redesign. Designers conducted 5,000 hours of interviews with Ranger owners and held workshops with them to discuss what new features and designs they wanted to see in the next generation.

“Customers told us the Ranger needs to look tough and needs to inspire confidence,” Max Tran, chief designer for Ranger, said in a press release. “They were very clear in what Ranger should be, both in the way it looks, and the way it makes them feel.”

Ford Concept Truck Pairs New Technology With Old School Look

Ford married its future with its past in the F-100 Eluminator, an electric concept truck the automaker recently unveiled at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The company packed the truck with some of its latest tech, including its e-crate motor and the same batteries that are in the 2021 Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition. But you wouldn’t know that from looking at it. Designers built it to look like a 1978 F-100. The truck has some serious power, too. Two new crate motors under the hood generate 480 horsepower and 634 foot-pounds of torque, Ford said.

The Eluminator is emblematic of Ford’s push to make more electric cars and trucks. The company has plans for several new electric versions of its fleet of vehicles. One of the most anticipated is the new F-150 Lightning. So far, more than 160,000 people have put down the $100 refundable reservation for the chance to buy one in the spring.

The F-150 Lightning begins at around $39,974, Ford said. The regular F-150 runs about $10,000 less.

Ford announced earlier this year that it would invest $7 billion to build two facilities to manufacture electric trucks and the batteries for them. It’s the largest investment in the company’s long history.