Ford Ranger Raptor Gearing Up for United States

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

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.]

Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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