The new 2023 Ford Ranchero has been rumored, and we’re expecting its comeback sometime next year. Just like the recently introduced Ford Maverick, the forthcoming Ranchero will be small, compact, but it should offer a very roomy interior.
For those who may not know, Ranchero was a coupe utility vehicle that was produced by Ford from 1957 to 1979. If rumors prove to be accurate, the new truck will ride on the same platform as the current Ford Maverick. However, the platform will be reportedly enlarged, and we expect it to be sturdier as well. Here’s everything we know so far about its comeback.
2023 Ford Ranchero Design, Platform
The exterior styling of the 2023 Ford Ranchero is expected to fits right in with the rest of the Ford truck lineup. We expect this model to feature the same attractive boxy appearance just like the new Maverick.
It is also worth mentioning that Ford Ranchero will ride on the same unibody (SUV-like) construction. So, the truck’s proportions will be smaller, and expect around 8.6 inches of ground clearance. The manufacturer will probably use the same design language as we saw on the Maverick. Anyway, we assume at least it will ride on 17-inch wheels as standard, while more larger wheels should be available optionally.
Interior Based on the Escape Model
Inside, the 2023 Ford Ranchero will be reportedly based on the current Escape SUV. This means we can expect a very roomy and technology rich cabin. In general, we don’t expect that level of luxury as we saw on the latest Escape model, but you can count on a functional cabin with plenty of interior room for five occupants.
Ford will almost certainly offer fabric upholstery as a standard fabric upholstery and probably an 8-inch touchscreen. We also expect the SYNC4 system, just like the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, power windows, and a 6-speaker audio system. Interestingly, the same package of equipment is available on the XL base Ford Maverick.
2023 Ford Ranchero Engine Specs
At the moment of writing this post, the manufacturer didn’t say anything regarding the engine specs of the 2023 Ford Ranchero. However, we generally presume that it will use some of existing engines, likely the smaller EcoBoost powerplant.
As a basic engine option, we expect this model to be available with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost gasoline unit, while a larger 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine could come as an option. There are also rumors that it might use the 2.5-liter Atkinson inline-4 + 94-kW battery pack. For those who may not know, the same hybrid is powering Ford Maverick, delivering 191 horsepower.
2023 Ford Ranchero Release Date, Price
As we said, we’re expecting the comeback of the 2023 Ford Ranchero to happen sometime next year. Just as the Ford Maverick, the new truck will ride on the same unibody (SUV-like) platform.
So, the standard Ranchero could start at around $20,000 or even slightly more. From available information, sales of this model will first start in South America, and after that, on other markets. Unfortunately, we don’t have information on when it could arrive in the United States.