Rumors that the next-gen Ford Ranger Raptor would be coming to North America have swirled for years now, ever since it was denied the current-gen model when the Ford Ranger returned for the 2019 model year. These rumors intensified earlier this year when Ford Authority spied a right-hand-drive 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor prototype driving around Dearborn, Michigan, after which we got a look at its rear coil spring suspension. Shortly after that, Ford Authority spotted a left-hand-drive 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor prototype out driving around, and now, our spies have caught another prototype on film in the Metro Detroit area with one very noticeable difference.
That difference is a set of new sail panels located behind the cab, which were not present on any 2023 Ranger Raptor prototype seen to date. These sail panels are similar to the ones used on the brand new European Ranger Raptor Special Edition that was revealed back in May.
Otherwise, this 2023 Ranger Raptor prototype is very similar to the ones we’ve seen thus far. That means sharper, more aggressive lines than the current-gen Ford Ranger, which is more in line with the design language used on the new 2022 Ford Maverick, Ford F-150, and Ford Super Duty line of pickups.
Other notable features include the pickup’s distinctive wheels – a Raptor staple – and aggressive all-terrain tires, along with a lifted suspension when compared to the regular Ranger.
The 2023 Ranger Raptor will debut alongside the next-gen Ranger, also due in the 2023 model year. As Ford Authority exclusively reported in May, the next-gen Ranger Raptor will be powered by Ford’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6, which will be mated exclusively to FoMoCo’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
The next-gen Ranger will continue to ride on Ford’s T6 platform, albeit with some modifications. The Ranger Raptor will also continue to feature a bespoke suspension with Fox shocks and a coil spring rear setup, giving it serious off-road capability. The 2023 Ranger should go on sale in late 2022.