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2023 Ford Ranger Platinum: Range-topping variant revealed

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Ford has added a new luxurious, top-of-the-range variant to its core dual-cab Ranger ute lineup for 2023.

The Ranger Platinum sits above the Wildtrak, but below the baja-ready Raptor in the lineup and has a number of unique exterior and interior design features from the related, top-of-the-range Everest Platinum SUV.

Pricing for the Ranger Platinum starts from $76,990 before on-road costs, which is $5800 more expensive than the V6 turbo-diesel-equipped Wildtrak, yet $9800 cheaper than the V6 twin-turbo petrol-powered Raptor.

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Production of the Ranger Platinum will start in April 2023, with first arrivals expected in May 2023.

You can now reserve a Ranger Platinum online through the ‘Build and Price’ functionality on the Ford Australia website, which will forward the order through to your local dealer.

“Ranger Platinum is focused on owners who need a work truck that combines both premium luxury for the family, and the flexibility of a work truck for their business,” said Ford Australia chief platform engineer for the Ranger, Ian Foston.

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“We’ve really focused on creating a premium exterior and gold-class interior experience with Ranger Platinum.”

The Ford Ranger Platinum is available exclusively with the 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine which produces 184kW of power and 600Nm of torque.

It’s mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission with drive sent through an electronically-controlled full-time four-wheel drive system.

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On the outside, the Ranger Platinum receives a unique grille, 20-inch alloy wheels, ‘Platinum’ bonnet badging, Silk Chrome trim, Matrix LED headlights, a damped tailgate, and Ford’s Flexible Rack System (FRS).

The Ranger Platinum is the first variant that’s confirmed to receive the FRS which consists of folding roof racks and a sliding load rack.

It will also be available with Equinox Bronze exterior paint for $700, which was previously only available on the Everest.

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The Ranger Platinum sets itself apart from the rest of the range on the inside with its Everest-inspired dashboard which features a closed shelf, upper glovebox and Platinum badging.

There’s also quilted leather accented seats with front seats that are heated, ventilated and have 10-way power adjust, and driver seat memory, a heated steering wheel, and 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster.

Standard equipment on the Ranger Platinum atop the existing Wildtrak includes:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Goodyear Territory HT tyres
  • Silk Chrome exterior trim highlights
  • Unique grille
  • ‘Platinum’ badging on the bonnet, front doors and tailgate
  • Matrix LED headlights
  • Auto-levelling LED daytime-running lights
  • Full LED tail lights
  • Damped (gas-strut) tailgate
  • Black painted roof (no-cost option to revert to body-coloured roof)
  • Equinox Bronze exterior paint ($700 option)
  • Flexible Rack System (FRS)
  • Power roller shutter
  • 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster
  • B&O premium sound system
  • Auxiliary switch bank
  • Premium floor mats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Premium quilted, perforated leather accented upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • 10-way electrically adjustable front seats
  • Driver memory seat
  • ‘Platinum’ badging on front seats, mats and upper glovebox
  • Accent stitching and decorative finishes
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Earlier this month Ford released pricing and specifications for the 2023 Ranger line-up.

Pricing has increased by up to $1300, depending on the variant.

The flagship Ranger Raptor now receives a new $3500 power roller shutter option, as well as a plastic drop-in bedliner.

All Ranger XLT and Sport variants now come standard with an integrated trailer brake controller, while XL cab-chassis variants now come standard with a rear-view camera, like the rest of the range.

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There’s a new $500 optional wheel pack for the Ranger Wildtrak which adds 20-inch machined-face alloy wheels, wrapped in all-season tyres.

The optional Touring Pack, which is available on XLT pickup and Sport models, is now $395 more expensive at $1295 and includes a cargo management system and auxiliary switch bank.

The XLT cab-chassis variants also receive a standalone option for the auxiliary switch bank which costs $250.

The optional Wildtrak Premium pack is now $350 more expensive at $1850, with no changes in terms of spec, and prestige paint which is $25 more at $700.

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