2023 Ford Ranger Platinum succeeds Wildtrak as new ranger-topper

Updated Dec 01, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The most luxurious Ranger yet.

Ford Motor Company announced a new range-topping variant in the Ranger lineup, called Platinum.

Ford Ranger front view

Ford Ranger Platinum

In the words of the American automaker, the new Ford Ranger Platinum is the most luxurious Ranger yet. It is slotted in between the Ranger Wildtrak and the Ranger Raptor, at least in the European and Australian markets for now. While hoping for a Philippine debut, let’s see what the new ranger-topper brings to the table.

From the front to the back, the Ford Ranger Platinum gets intensive chrome treatment, most noticeably on the front fascia. The pickup truck is etched with the “Platinum” badge just right above the chrome grille. It is still equipped with matrix LED headlamps along with the signature C-shaped daytime running lights (DRLs).

Ford Ranger front view

Luxury is the theme

Coming as standard is a Flexible Rack System (FRS) installed on the truck bed. The FRS improves the versatility of the Ranger by allowing lengthy items such as a surfboard to be carried on board. It has a static capacity of 250 kg, as well as an 80-kg dynamic load limit.

Another unique exterior addition to this variant is the new 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-season tires. It complements the entirety of the chrome treatment better as compared to a blacked-out finish. For an enhanced look, the wheels come with ebony or black accents.

Ford Ranger interior view

It comes with Platinum exclusives inside

The luxurious theme of the exterior has been carried over into the interior with its variant-exclusive cabin finish. If the contrast stitching in the Ranger Wildtrak is Cyber Orange and the Ranger Raptor is red, the Ranger Platinum rolls out with white. “Platinum” badges can also be found on the seats and dashboard.

Among the interior amenities include a 12-inch infotainment vertical touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Bang & Olufsen sound system with 10 speakers, a wireless charger, and a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster.

Ford Ranger interior view rear view

Flexible Rack System

Powering the truck is a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine that delivers 247 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque. It sends power to all four wheels (4x4) via a 10-speed automatic transmission.

See the Ford Ranger Platinum closer

As of this writing, Ford Philippines hasn’t put out a word regarding the new Platinum variant. But if ever the company plans to bring it in, we hope that the next-gen Ranger Raptor will join the PH-spec Ranger’s range as well.

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Know more about Ford Ranger 2023

Ford Ranger

The 2023 Ford Ranger is a 4x4 or 4x2 pickup truck. It is the latest version of the said model, and as of its launch in the Philippine market, it has a total of eight different variants.

These are the top-spec Wildtrak 4x4, Wildtrak 4x2, Sport 4x4, Sport 4x2, XLT 4x2, XLS 4x2 AT, XLS 4x2 MT, and the entry-level XL 4x4. As of 2023, prices for these trims ranges from php 1,198,000 to Php 1,885,000.

Under the hood of the new Ranger are two-different diesel mills. For the Wildtrak 4x4, it uses a 2.0-liter biturbo that can churn out 210 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. It is also the sole trim that uses a 10-speed automatic tranny.

The rest of the all-new Ranger then gets a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that can produce up to 170 horsepower and 405 Nm of torque. Only the XLS 4x2 and the XL 4x4 may come with a six-speed manual. The other non-biturbo trims then use a six-speed automatic.

Size-wise, the all-new 2023 Ranger is 5,370mm long, 1,918mm wide, and 1,884mm in height. They also offer a wheelbase length of 3,270mm, and a ground clearance of 235mm.

Locally, the 2023 Ford Ranger faces the Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Strada, Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50, etc.

₱ 1,155,000 - ₱ 1,885,000

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Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined Philkotse.com as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.

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