Just yesterday, we spied a 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor prototype out testing alongside a Ford Bronco Warthog prototype. Though we’ve seen current-gen Ranger Raptors in the U.S. before, this was the first time we’ve seen a next-gen model testing. Now, we’ve spotted the same 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor prototype testing again, but noticed something very strange about it this time around.
The right-hand-drive prototype is wearing “street sweeper” camouflage near the rear differential, which conceals a good portion of the rear suspension. We saw something similar used on the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor prototypes, only to later learn that it was being used to hide the fact that the truck was utilizing a new rear coil spring suspension in place of traditional leaf springs.
So it’s worth asking – is that the case with this Ranger Raptor prototype? It’s quite possible that Ford would equip the next-gen Ranger Raptor with the same sort of suspension setup as its big brother (and its predecessor), especially since the two already share things like Fox shocks and BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 tires, except for the South African model. The current-gen Ranger Raptor on sale in other countries, which launched for the 2019 model year, features a coilover rear suspension arrangement that features an integrated Watt’s linkage.
The next-gen Ranger is expected to launch in 2022 for the 2023 model year, and will reportedly continue to ride on the Ford T6 platform, like the current model and the 2021 Ford Bronco, albeit with some modifications.
Previous rumors suggested that the next-gen Ranger Raptor bound for the U.S. will be powered by Ford’s 2.7L EcoBoost V6, which will be mated to FoMoCo’s 10-speed automatic transmission. The real question is, what sort of rear suspension is hiding in this prototype? Let us know what you think in the poll below!