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Next Gen Ford Ranger Raptor Production Ramped Up For 40 Countries

Following its reveal back in February, the all-new, next generation Ford Ranger Raptor has been preceded by the start of regular Ranger deliveries, which began at Ford Manufacturing Thailand (FTM) in May, while production is scheduled to ramp up at the Silverton Assembly plant in South Africa in October. The all-new Ranger just launched in six additional countries this week, but neither it nor the next generation Ford Ranger Raptor will arrive in the U.S. until 2023 for the 2024 model year, as Ford Authority reported earlier this month. Now, The Blue Oval has announced that Ranger Raptor production at FTM has fully ramped up ahead of the high-performance off-roader’s launch, too.

The news comes after a $900 million dollar investment in Ford’s Thailand facility, updating its equipment and retooling the plant for next-gen Ranger production. Ford and FTM employees have spent the last year preparing for this production kickoff, with the plant’s engineering team working with the manufacturing team, as well as Ford’s product development team in Australia to create hand-built early prototype units that racked up over 370,000 test miles during the development process.

The all-new Ford Ranger Raptor is powered by the twin-turbocharged Ford 3.0L V6 EcoBoost powerplant, which produces 392 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque and is mated to FoMoCo’s 10-speed automatic transmission. European customers will continue to be able to spec the 2023 Ranger Raptor with the existing 2.0L EcoBlue bi-turbo engine, however.

In addition to that big power boost, the new Ranger Raptor is also equipped with a host of other upgrades designed to make it a formidable off-road machine, including aluminum upper and lower control arms, a long‑travel front and rear suspension, a refined Watt’s link rear end, and Fox 2.5-inch Live Valve internal bypass shocks.

The next generation Ford Ranger Raptor is available now to customers in Thailand, while 40 additional countries will be receiving the exported pickup in the coming weeks and months.

We’ll have more on the next-gen Ranger soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Ranger news and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Ross

    The Ranger is a big deal here in Australia, a lot of people are very eager to get their hands on this new model, the Raptor even more so.
    How is it in the US? Are people just as excited about the new model?

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    1. Gina k

      I can’t wait.. I have a ranger but when the raptor comes to the us, I will be trading mine in for sure

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  2. Scott Z

    Totally agree there Ross but like usual on this forum it’s highly unlikely anyone will answer your question. Shame though.

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  3. Charles myers

    Why can’t the make them in USa

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    1. blksn8k

      Charles, they will. But as far as we know they won’t go into production in the US until late spring of 2023 and will be sold as a 2024 model.

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  4. John

    Needs a V8.

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    1. blksn8k

      Not so sure I agree with that. The 3.0L V6 EcoBoost has very similar peak power number to the 5.0L V8 in the F-150. As a matter of fact, I believe max torque is probably achieved at a lower RPM than that of the V8. The V6 also has a much more compact design and should contribute to a lower center of gravity and better weight distribution.

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      1. John

        That’s a great option, but a completely different sound and feel vs a V8.

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  5. finalley99

    Will it have an aluminum body too, like the F150? If not why not?

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  6. Forrest

    Why don’t trucks come with just an access cab? All of them look like cars, not meant for work.

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  7. Steven

    Ford spends much more time and resource hyping new stuff while customers with custom orders are deprived of their vehicles. Ford is selectively deleting options on Rangers and screwing the customer in process. Don’t think they won’t continue this process going forward.

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