The 2024 Ford Ranger and Ranger Raptor Arrive This Summer

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

The Ford Ranger returned to America a few years ago as the automaker’s entry to the midsize truck market, but the rest of the world had been enjoying the pickup while it was on hiatus here. Ford released a new Ranger for other countries last year, and now the U.S. is getting it, along with a Raptor variant for the first time.

The 2024 Ranger gets new styling, a V6 engine option, and new safety and tech features. In addition to the automaker’s venerable turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, buyers can choose an upgraded 2.7-liter V6 with 315 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The mill is shared with the F-150 and Bronco and adds a significant power boost to the Ranger, which was previously offered only with the four-banger here in the States.

Ford gave the truck more interior storage, including a larger center console storage space, larger door pockets, and a second glob box. The rear seats can fold flat to accommodate larger items, and there’s space behind the seats for hidden storage of smaller items. Previous Rangers felt a little cheap inside, even in top trims, but Ford said it upgraded the truck’s materials and design to feel more premium. Ford offers a 400-watt power inverter in the bed with an outlet, and the truck is available with a bumper step for easier bed access.

Tech upgrades include a standard 8-inch digital gauge cluster and an available 12.4-inch unit. Ford equips a standard 10.1-inch infotainment screen, which it said is best-in-class, and buyers can upgrade to a 12-inch system with Synch 4A, which brings over-the-air updates and connected apps. 

Ranger buyers have dozens of standard and available safety features to choose from, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise with stop-and-go, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, and Trailer Reverse Guidance. 

Though the new Ranger is exciting, we’re all really here for the Raptor. It gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 making 405 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. It has a ten-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive, a two-speed transfer case, and front and rear locking differentials. 2.5-inch Fox Live Valve shocks keep the truck stable over challenging off-road obstacles, and they react to the selectable drive modes for better performance in specific conditions.

Like other Ford Raptor models, the Ranger Raptor’s interior gets unique styling, including sport seats with Code Orange accents. It also gets a 360-degree camera and a front camera to help with off-roading, and it comes with the larger digital gauge cluster and touchscreen.

The 2024 Ranger and Ranger Raptor will be available for order later this month and should arrive on dealers’ lots this summer. The standard Ranger’s V6 configuration won’t arrive until late fall. 

[Images: Ford]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Cprescott Cprescott on May 10, 2023

    And in the New Ford policy, only the most expensive models will be built. You can order lesser expensive ones but we'll cancel the order.

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    • Jeff S Jeff S on May 10, 2023

      Ford will not cancel the order for the less expensive Ranger but you will have to wait a long long time to get it. This is a major issue with Ford it could take up to a year to get your truck.

  • Alan Alan on May 11, 2023

    Having had this Ranger for a while now in Australia I see quite a few on the road along with the Everest. Its a nice looking vehicle and seems very well spec'd and competitive. Without the Ranger, Ford would have to leave Australia as its Australia's 2nd biggest selling vehicle. The Mustang has died in the azz, all the Mustang people are happy. The US engine choice differs except for the Raptor version. We have a couple of 2 litre diesels one with a single turbo and the 160kw twin turbo diesel. We also have the 3 litre Lion V6 diesel (the same used in the F150).

    • Jeff S Jeff S on May 14, 2023

      Doesn't the Global Ranger offer a single and extended cab in addition to the crew cab? The US and Canadian Ranger offers only extended cab and crew cab with only a turbo 2.3 4 cylinder and its questionable whether the 2024 Ranger will offer an extended cab.

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