By on February 22, 2022

Ford has announced that the Raptor Ranger will become a global model this week, furnishing the relevant specifications while CEO Jim Farley scheduled its arrival in the United States for 2023.

While that doesn’t give us specific details for the version that’ll be hitting our market next year, nobody is expecting massive changes between regions. Our Raptor Ranger will likely utilize the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that’s inside the Bronco Raptor. That’s a lovely 392 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, with numbers being subject to change to appease local regulators. Though the pickup’s 10-speed automatic and standard four-wheel drive (with a two-speed transfer case and front and rear locking differentials) should persist regardless of whatever the Environmental Protection Agency says it needs. 

Obviously, this thing is designed to be a hoot off-road. So Ford has loaded it up with the necessary goodies. Some of those are meaningless (though not unattractive) visual cues designed to sync up with Blue Oval’s other off-road models, like the black grille with Ford spelled out in huge letters and contrasting Raptor graphics along the truck’s haunches. Other visual details are associated with important performance upgrades. For example, the Raptor Ranger’s larger fender flares are sheltering a set of 33-inch BF Goodrich K02 all-terrain tires the manufacturer said could be put on factory optional bead-lock wheels.

Ford said the chassis has been reinforced to ensure the truck is ready to endure the kind of abuse normally associated with off-road shenanigans, though the forums are loaded with people arguing about forged-aluminum upper control arms and cast-aluminum lowers. Much like its F-Series equivalent, the Ranger comes with adaptive shocks from Fox Racing (meaning it’s okay to put the sticker on the rear windshield). But they’re a little smaller at 2.5 inches in diameter, whereas the full-size pickup uses 3.5-inch units. Customers also receive numerous terrain modes and digital tools designed to make driving on a loose surface a little easier.

The latter item will be accessible via the next-generation Ranger’s upgraded infotainment system. For 2023, the Raptor model will receive an upsized 12.4-inch digital dashboard with a 12-inch central touchscreen using Ford’s Sync 4A user interface. While physical controls seem like they’d be far more useful in a vehicle that’s designed to fly over sand and plow through mud, it’s substantially easier for the factory to slot in a larger screen with the latest UX. That means Apple CarPlay and Android Auto exist by default, along with the obnoxious FordPass stuff that constantly tries to push you into using the app.

One has to take the good with the bad, I suppose.

Additional details will be leaked for our market over the coming months. At present, we’re only feeling comfortable about the above information shared by Ford. Expect the vehicle to launch with a crew cab and be priced to start a few grand north of $40,000.

[Image: Ford Motor Co.]

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28 Comments on “Ford Ranger Raptor Gearing Up for United States...”


  • avatar
    ajla

    “392 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque”

    Wow, you mean it isn’t illegal to make a high-output midsize truck?

    “priced to start a few grand north of $40,000.”

    Unless “few” means “12” that seems low.

  • avatar
    CaddyDaddy

    The problem with the F-150 Raptor is the width. It is simply difficult to off road on the mountain trails of Colorado. This should be a vast improvement. Manual Trans Please.

    • 0 avatar
      kcflyer

      Raptor was not designed for jeep trails. But boy oh boy can they scoot across a desert. Chased one in a helicopter once and briefly lost. If this Ranger version is any where as capable and comes in under 50 grand it will sell like hotcakes.

    • 0 avatar
      Carlson Fan

      “The problem with the F-150 Raptor is the width. It is simply difficult to off road on the mountain trails of Colorado. This should be a vast improvement. Manual Trans Please”

      Ever look at the suspension of a Raptor? It’s not made for mountain trails. That was never the designers intent.

      Whoops kcflyer beat me to the punch. We have no deserts in Minnesota so I cannot explain why I see so many of these useless things running around. If it can’t tow and haul( 2 things the Raptor is absolutely awful at), not a real PU truck in my book. But I’ll give Ford credit that the chassis engineering is incredible.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    The diesel engine set up would make for a better overlander rig. It should have 35’s as an option just like the Bronco.

    • 0 avatar
      Jeff S

      This will sell and there will be back to back orders. With Ford’s issues with meeting Bronco and Maverick demand this could be a problem for Ford. A Raptor Ranger will sell but is Ford prepared to manufacturer in a timely manner that will not frustrate and alienate buyers. I fully understand the chip shortage but Ford has issues with shortages not related to chips like bed liners, bed covers, shortages of optional spare tires (Maverick), and a few other issues. It can take 1 to 3 weeks after a Maverick is built to send it to a different shop to get the spray in bed liner and there are shortages of bed liners and bed mats. Just listened to a live broadcast from Tim Bartz of Long McArthur Ford in Salina, KS who brought some of these issues up.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    If the stock market continues on its current trajectory, I should have $17 available to spend on one of these when it launches in 2023.

    (Will Ford still use dealers by then?)

  • avatar
    conundrum

    Another truck. Yawn.

    • 0 avatar
      CaddyDaddy

      Get used to the only interesting vehicles to be Trucks. Cars will continue to fade out. If you want to know the future in cars, all you are going to get is a Hyundai Sonata.

      • 0 avatar
        kcflyer

        Cheer up CaddyDaddy. CT5V, CT4V, Corvette, Z06, Camaro Zl1, Miata, LC500, Mustang Mach 1, Golf R, Stinger, Tesla Model S Plaid….. The future is here. It’s a great time to be a car lover if you have the coin. Or Bitcoin :)

      • 0 avatar
        Jeff S

        I’m going to predict that in the near future there will be a move back to cars for many who will not be able to afford or qualify for a loan for the ever increasing prices of trucks. There has been an interest in the older GM and Ford trucks from the late 80s thru the early 00s with the prices skyrocketing. There also is a growing market for V8 American made rear wheel drive sedans and station wagons from the late 80s thru the late 90s with prices increasing and people willing to spend the money to restore these cars for day to day use. Additionally Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, and Kia will still make traditional sedans and sell them. EVs will become more affordable and there will be sedans and crossovers. The electronic complexity and the price of many new vehicles have made many turn to other alternatives. The price and the relatively simplicity has made the Maverick a hit and yes the Maverick is more complex compared to vehicles made 20 or more years ago but compared to most 2022 vehicles it is simple. There are still enough alternatives and still enough buyers looking for other options besides trucks and suvs.

  • avatar
    conundrum

    Another truck. Yawn.

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    This thing looks great.

    The styling doesn’t look cartoonish like it does on the F150 and Bronco, the engine has a proper output (despite being two cylinders short), the screen, while the wrong orientation, is integrated nicely, and if pricing is accurate, it’s priced correctly too.

    Ford would be best served to have whatever division designed this, do all of their vehicles. The North American design team is incompetent and leaves a lot to be desired.

    Let’s hope the quality is as good as what we see so far and not they typical level of Ford quality. If so this will be wildly successful.

    It’s nice to see Ford finally build something desirable that isn’t half baked and priced into the stratosphere.

  • avatar
    Skippity

    Needs a bigger dash screen.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I like the looks but I still would buy a Maverick for what I need and want. People on the Ford websites have been asking for the Ranger Raptor in the US and now Ford has listened. This will sell but will Ford be able to produce them. Ford has a bad reputation for product launches with lots of hype and lots of delays. This is one time when GM beat Ford in marketing an offroad version of the Colorado/Canyon which Toyota beat both GM and Ford with their Toyota Tacoma TRD. This truck will definitely sell.

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      That’s the worrisome part. On paper and in press photos this trucks has it all (assuming the price speculation stays accurate).

      But Ford quality leaves everything to be desired, Ford launches are notoriously awful, and they hide production issues behind the ever convenient “chip shortage” or “the plandemic”.

      I really hope the only meddling Ford NA does it launch and build this vehicle. The factory where Rangers are built has been pretty good and even if the launch is terrible at least the product will be good. Ford NA ruins everything they touch so please Ford, keep them far away from this.

      • 0 avatar
        Jeff S

        Agree Ford as of late has been notorious for botched product launches and long wait periods. I believe the overall quality will be good. Ford needs to get back to the days of successful product launches of the 64 1/2 Mustang and the original Taurus. Would like to see Ford succeed as I would GM but I am more pessimistic when it comes to GM. Lifelong owner of Chevies and currently have a 2012 Buick Lacrosse but as of late GM quality has not won me over and Ford has slipped in recent years.

        • 0 avatar
          EBFlex

          What is interesting is Ford’s warranty costs are more than double what GMs are.

          In the first nine months of 2020, Ford’s warranty costs were $3.8 billion…more than $2 billion higher than GM.

          But over the past 10 years or so, Nothing coming from Ford has shown they put any emphasis on quality. And it’s only gotten worse as time went on.

  • avatar
    Irvingklaws

    Just what a rugged off-road truck needs, more bigger screens.

  • avatar
    Clueless Economist

    Oil Dilution Ranger

    https://www.ranger5g.com/forum/threads/fuel-in-oil.4803/

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Ford site says port injection https://www.reddit.com/r/FordMaverickTruck/comments/ooy4l6/port_injection_or_direct_injection_specifically/

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