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Ford Ranger Raptor and Wildtrak V6 wait times blow out to a year

Ford Ranger Raptor and Wildtrak V6 wait times blow out to a year

Those wanting a V6-powered Ranger Raptor or Wildtrak will be waiting approximately a year, while those after a Ranger Sport V6 are due to receive their ute a lot sooner.

Buyers could potentially be waiting more than a year for a new 2023 Ford Ranger Wildtrak or Ranger Raptor.

Ford has announced wait times for the V6-powered Ranger Wildtrak and Ranger Raptor have blown out to the fourth quarter of 2023 (October to December inclusive), meaning those who order today could be waiting anywhere between 11 and 13 months for delivery.

The company warns pricing and specifications of the Ranger are also subject to change within that time frame.

“Interest in the Next-Gen Ranger Wildtrak V6 has been extremely positive and we are now taking orders for 2023 vehicle arrivals,” the carmaker states on its website.

“If you place an order today, your vehicle may not arrive until approximately Quarter 4, 2023 and its pricing and/or specifications may be different.”

Earlier this month, Ford Australia had estimated wait times for the Raptor and Wildtrak V6 ute variants at seven months, after securing more production allocations from its factory in Thailand.

Before that, it had put wait times at eight-to-nine months.

Now, the brand’s latest estimate has increased again to roughly a year, falling into line with wait times for its V6-powered SUV counterparts – the Everest Sport and Everest Platinum.

Assuming Ford has been updating its website in a timely manner, the dramatic change in wait times for the Ranger ute could suggest the carmaker is receiving roughly one month’s worth of orders each week – or approximately 1000 orders each day based on current deliveries reported by Ford.

Despite the revised wait times, Ford says the Ranger Sport V6 and Ranger XLT cab-chassis V6 can be delivered as early as March 2023 if ordered today – a four-month wait, or less than half the time of a Raptor or Wildtrak V6 in the best-case scenario.

Those who can’t wait have the option of taking immediate delivery of Ranger Wildtrak, Sport, and XLT variants fitted with the 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine – the same engine fitted to the previous-generation Ranger Raptor.

Ben Zachariah

Ben Zachariah is an experienced writer and motoring journalist from Melbourne, having worked in the automotive industry for more than 15 years. Ben was previously an interstate truck driver and completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021. He is considered an expert in the area of classic car investment.

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