When it comes to the all-new Ford Ranger, much of the focus has been on the
higher trim variants
, and rightfully so because they’re the ones being offered through their
online reservation portal
. But now that the 2023 Ranger has been officially launched in the Philippines, how do the base variants stack up? Well, now we know.
Let’s start with the engine. The base variants—the 4×4 XL, 4×2 XLS 4×2, and XLT 4×2 (pictured above)—all share the very same engine found in higher-trim Ranger 4×2 variants. The single-turbo 2.0-liter, in this case, makes 170 horsepower at 3,500 rpm and 405 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm. This is then paired to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox.
In terms of chassis, these variants all get the same Double Wishbone / Leaf Spring suspension combination, though they all have a vented disc / drum brake set-up compared to the Wildtrak’s all-disc setup. Tire and wheel-wise, the 4×4 XL is the only one that runs on steelies, while the 4×2 XLS upwards already benefit from alloy wheels. The XL and XLS though roll on 16-inchers (255/70R16), while the XLT moves up an inch to 17s (255/70R17).
Running down the exterior features, all Rangers, regardless of variant gets the rear box step which improves access to the cargo bed. The bedliner though is only available on the XLT upward. The XL gets a black front grille, while the XLS has it painted. The XLT, meanwhile goes back to black but adds a chrome garnish. The XL and XLS use halogen headlights and there are front fog lights, while the XLT uses fancy LEDs with daytime running lights and front fog lights.
In terms of interior trim, the XL, XLS, and XLT all get fabric seats with a 6-way manual adjustable driver’s seat for all but the XL, and a 4-way manual adjustable front passenger seat. Towards the back seat, there is no center arm rest for these variants. These three variants also get a traditional day/night rear view mirror, manual air conditioning, and a twist key (no push start).
When it comes to in-car tech, all variants, even the base XL, gets an 8-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10-inch colored portrait touchscreen with SYNC 4A. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity comes straight out of the box as do steering wheel-mounted controls. The XL gets four speakers (already generous), but all variants upward get six. Wireless device charging comes standard from the XLT upward.
When it comes to safety gear, 6 SRS airbags is standard, as are ABS with EBD, and stability control with traction control. The base variants don’t come with rear parking sensors, but a rear parking camera is standard issue already on the XLT.
As just mentioned by Ford Philippines,
all Ranger variants
, regardless of trim, benefit from their new 5-year / 150,000-kilometer warranty. They also get a new Intelligent Oil Life Monitor which should reduce the frequency of oil changes depending on driving habits and conditions.
Given the wealth of specs, even for the base trim, the next-generation Ford Ranger is shaping up to the most formidable in its segment. Remember, the 2023 Ranger starts at just P 1,198,000 for the 4×4 XL (same price of the 4×2 XLS), while the 4×2 XLS AT is at P 1,273,000 and the 4×2 XLT AT is at P 1,374,000. Do you think the Japanese brands can respond this time around?
If you want to check out more photos of each of the Ranger variants, see them