Over the past few months, Ford Authority has received a not-insignificant amount of letters asking when the all-new, next-gen Ford Ranger will launch in North America, since Ford has already debuted the next-gen Ranger in a few worldwide markets. So, we’re here to set the record straight about the 2024 Ford Ranger, specifically as it relates to its production and launch timeframes.
Customers in the U.S. should expect to see the all-new, next-gen Ranger arrive as a 2024 model year vehicle. This means that the 2023 Ford Ranger will be the final year for the current-generation model, for which it received the Splash Package, Splash Jungle Package and Splash Limited Edition. The current-gen Ford Ranger is expected to remain in production until April 2023 at the Michigan Assembly Plant, after which assembly of the next-gen 2024 Ford Ranger will begin, roughly in May 2023. In fact, the all-new model will remain in production for eight years, as Ford Authority exclusively reported earlier this year, though it’s worth noting that Ford can modify that timeline if it deems fit.
Since the next-gen Ford Ranger has already been announced globally, Ford Authority already knows quite a bit about the all-new midsize truck. That said, the 2024 Ford Ranger slated for sale in North America will have some important differences from the models sold in international markets. For example, we know that the next-gen Ranger features a digital instrument cluster as standard, abandoning the old-school analog instrument cluster in favor of a fully customizable eight-inch display. Additionally, the 2024 Ford Ranger offers a choice of either a standard 10.1-inch infotainment screen, or optional 12-inch screen, depending on the owner’s preference. It will also ditch the traditional hard copy owner’s manual in favor of a digital version.
The next-gen Ford Ranger is better at being used as a truck, since it will feature a wider bed than the current-gen model, along with a myriad of storage and organization solutions to make the process of hauling cargo smoother and more convenient. The truck also boasts 360-degree load and zone lighting, making it much easier to unload or load up gear in the dark. Additionally, the tailgate features a built-in ruler and clamp pockets, turning the next-gen Ranger into a mobile workbench of sorts.
Perhaps the most exciting change on the way to the 2024 Ford Ranger is the addition of the Ford Ranger Raptor as a high-performance variant. The upcoming Ranger Raptor will be powered by Ford’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6 as Ford Authority was the first to report last year. While exact output figures are currently unknown, we expect the twin-turbo six to throw down around 400 horsepower 400 pound-feet of torque. The same engine in the Ranger’s T6 platform mate, the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor, is rated at 418 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque.
Ford Authority expects the 2024 Ford Ranger to be offered in the SuperCrew cab (the one with four full-size doors) and an option of a five-foot or six-foot bed. Though not confirmed, it’s likely that the SuperCab option (the one with full-size front doors and two rear half-doors) will not be offered in the U.S. or Canada.
Under the hood, expect the current 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 engine as well as the aforementioned 3.0L EcoBoost V6 in the Ranger Raptor. Both boosted gasoline sippers will be mated to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
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