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.