Ford has already made a lot of off-roading trucks, but we are getting one more in the form of the 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler. This is simply a more outdoorsy version of the F-150 and it is centered around off-roading. It is a bit similar to its not-so-distant cousin, Tremor F-150.
But you will see that the Rattler is a truck of its own. Even Though off-roading trucks come at a steep price, it will not be the case here and you can expect the 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler to be more than affordable for what it gives us. We believe that with the truck you get a lot of amenities to make off-roading life easier and make the ride smoother. There are rumors about skid plates, different drive modes, hill descent control, and other similar goodies that any driver will welcome.
Ford gives us a lot of choices and trims to choose from, so there is something for every driver. It is our opinion that Rattler is going to make a lot of people happy. Read along to find out more about the upcoming off-road beast, the 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler.
Ford needs to make the 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler stand out in the long line of Ford trucks. And with all the design tweaks and specifications they managed to do just that So let’s see what makes this pickup special.
On the inside, this car doesn’t look like anything offered by Ford so far. It has a suede and fabric seats. This is a good idea since leather seats can get sticky and uncomfortable during long drives, especially off-road. It would be fun to see if they are heated and ventilated so it adds to the comfort of long drives. There is a huge armrest between the passenger and driver’s seat. Under it is a compartment for all your personal belongings.
Wooden and chrome accents are found along with the cabin and we couldn’t be happier about it. It makes the car stand out in the crowd and makes it look special and unique.
We get a central infotainment system, which is nothing out of the ordinary, 10 inches in size which is quite the standard. Five people can sit comfortably inside without any issues since there is plenty of legroom and headroom. The steering wheel is not cheap plastic but it is lined with cushioning to make it more comfortable to hold.
Since it is an off-road pickup it would be nice to get a panoramic roof but we can only hope and wait. What we would also like to see is a stereo system made by a well-known brand and sound isolation so nothing interferes with listening to your favorite tunes. The dashboard is not digital which is expected, although a step towards the future wouldn’t be too bad for the Rattler.
On the outside, the 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler doesn’t look too special, but we can still distinguish it from other trucks. The Rattler looks like a standard F-150 with a bit of ruggedness to itself. We can see that the wheels are huge and for a good reason.
It is an off-roading truck and those wheels should give it better traction drive and control. Tires are beefier as well to dig well in the dirt so you don’t get slip while roaming the wilds. The cargo bed is a standard size so you can still haul plenty of cargo. If you pull down the tailgate you are effectively increasing that size.
The pickup has more curves than usual. This is done to increase aerodynamics and improve styling that is changing constantly. Ford has stepped away from blocky square trucks and is looking toward the future. The front grille is made of lightweight materials as are the wheels. This is done to shave off weight and improve the power to weight ratio. This is something that all trucks should do to improve performance.
The grille is far and wide and for a good reason. Dirt can come in and circulation needs to be good to avoid any overheating problems under the hood. Headlights are classic F-150 so no changes there. Ride height is increased so you don’t trip on anything while in the wild. We get all-terrain tires and dual exhausts. Also, air suspension is improved, and better shock springs. Hill descent control is also available.
2023 Ford F-150 Rattler Engine Options
We will probably get the FX4 package inside the 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler.
This means a 2.7 liter V6 EcoBoost engine. This little engine produces a mere 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.
We also have the option of a more powerful 5.0 liter V8 that makes 400 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque which should prove more than capable of pulling the truck out of anywhere.
And there is also the option of a twin-turbo 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6. This one will give you 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.
Four-wheel drive is more probable than possible, and that should come along with a 10-speed automatic transmission, which is the industry standard nowadays.
There are no rumors about the hybrid variant of the truck or all-electric. And we didn’t expect Ford to give us a battery-powered off-roader. Perhaps something similar will be available in the future. Until then we have the F-150 Lightning.
2023 Ford F-150 Rattler Price and Release Date
Starting price for the 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler should be around $40.000 and it could go up based on the powertrain choice and other amenities.
We expect the truck to arrive in late 2022 or perhaps early 2023. This will be decided later because of the pandemic and it has been known the pandemic can push dates later than planned.