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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Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.
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