We spy a next-generation 2023 Ford Ranger and a 2023 Chevy Colorado prototypes testing in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. It’s a bit odd to see both of these prototypes testing at the same place and at the same time.
Ford has officially shown the next-generation (6th-generation) 2023+ Ford Ranger prototype in a short promotional video. It’s a truck that is being developed and tested around the world. The latest unofficial information suggests that there will be at least two versions of the next generation of the Ranger – one of which is focused on the North American market.
We anticipate the next-gen Ranger to ride on an updated chassis and suspension that has common components with the new Ford Bronco. It may also share some of the same powertrains in North America. This is still unofficial, but it may include the 2.3L turbo gas I4 and the 2.7L twin-turbo gas V6 engines. The V6 may produce as much as 330 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque on premium fuel. It’s still unclear what the electrification strategy is for the Ford Ranger. Ford recently said that the company is focusing on a midsize (Explorer-sized) SUV as the next electric vehicle in their lineup.
The 2023 Chevy Colorado (or GMC Canyon) prototype confirms that GM is making progress in the development of its next-generation midsize truck. We expect these trucks to ride on an updated chassis and suspension. The rumor has it that the power will come from a 2.7L turbo gas I4 engine. The output may be as high as 310 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Notice how the latest 2.7L I4 output from GM’s motor is very similar to that of the 2.7L V6 from Ford.
The next couple of years will bring many changes to the midsize pickup truck segment. We expect Toyota to redesign the Tacoma midsize truck within the next two years. The 2022 Nissan Frontier has recently gone on sale, and it is likely to be updated within the next several years. Jeep is expected to at least at a gas/electric hybrid powertrain to its Gladiator pickup truck. It will be a fun next couple of years.