2024 Ford Ranger for NA Market Spied
Normally, prototypes of future vehicles being tested are draped in camouflage. Not the 2024 Ford Ranger that spy shooters caught -- it was buck naked.
The global-market version of the truck debuted last year, but the new North American-market version hasn't launched yet.
Unsurprisingly, the truck spotted in the Detroit area doesn't look too different from the global version -- the only differences are a sliding rear window, center high-mounted stop light, and the presence of a rearview camera. Oh, and the grille pattern is a tiny bit different. Motor1 seems to think the front fascia looks "smoother" and the site speculates a longer bed could be an option for us Yanks (and, presumably, Canucks).
Motor1 thinks that the diesel engine available on global-market trucks won't be sold here, and we agree. As you know, the current American Ranger uses a 2.3-liter turbo four throughout the lineup. Motor1 speculates that the Ranger will get a hybrid powertrain -- not shocking, since that's the base powertrain on the Maverick, though we'd expect the specs to be different for the larger truck -- and that the Ranger Raptor will be available with a twin-turbo V6. The Raptor has been confirmed for our market.
Ford says that the truck will debut sometime this year. I'd like to point out that the Chicago Auto Show, often considered to be a "truck" show, is just a few weeks away, and the New York Auto Show follows in April. Ford could also do a stand-alone event. If the truck is prowling Detroit naked, the formal debut could be sooner rather than later.
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Oberkanone on Jan 19, 2023
Ranger is 25% less cost than F-150 comparing base MSRP to base MSRP. This is significant cost savings. Ranger is extended cab and F-150 is regular cab.
MPG of midsize vs. full size has been similar enough as to be insignificant for a long time.
Tacoma, Frontier, Colorado, Ranger, Gladiator are most certainly all midsize trucks.
Kip65688146 on Jan 19, 2023
I'd like to go with a midsize truck but too many sacrifices compared to a FS 1/2 ton with little to no benefits. I don't daily drive my current Tahoe & when it is replaced with a CC 4WD PU in a year or two that won't be a DD either. That is the pretty much the only advantage I can see of a midsize over a FS 1/2 ton.
In addition I can at least get a 1/2 ton with a 6' bed in CC form where the box on a CC midsize is miserably small & IMO next to useless. Just get a unibody Maverick. Most importantly, a 1/2 ton is a much more capable tow vehicle than any midsize. Especially if your towing something heavy enough to require tandem axles which I do summer & winter.
Lastly, having owned a compact Toyota PU I can tell you from experience that once you start working those little engines towing, any fuel economy advantage they might have over a V8 goes right out the window.