The all-new, next-generation Ford Ranger debuted early last year and has since launched in a number of markets, though it won’t arrive in the U.S. until later this year for the 2024 model year, as Ford Authority previously reported. Since then, the new Ranger has aced safety testing conducted by the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and also received a five star rating from Euro NCAP, while the new and luxurious Platinum trim was recently added to the lineup as customers face wait times of up to a year to take delivery of certain variants. Regardless, we do know some things about the U.S. version of the 2024 Ford Ranger, which will share many similarities with its international brethren.
As Ford Authority reported back in September 2021, the 2024 Ford Ranger is expected to enter production at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in May of 2023. In terms of styling, the U.S.-spec pickup will largely mimic the mid-sizer that’s already launched in other parts of the world, with a new, edgier design and familiar C-clamp headlights.
The same goes for inside the cabin, where the next-gen Ranger features a standard 10.1-inch or optional 12-inch infotainment screen, Sync 4 (rather than Sync 3, as is the case with the current model), and a digital instrument cluster in other parts of the world, also ditching its traditional owner’s manual for a digital version. The new Ranger continues to ride on the Ford T6 platform shared with the sixth-generation Ford Bronco – though it has received some updates. It’s unclear what engines might be available in the 2024 Ford Ranger at this time, but it’s likely that the new pickup will retain the turbocharged Ford 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost as its base powerplant.
Meanwhile, the high-performance Ford Ranger Raptor will also be making its debut in the U.S. this year as well, most likely getting the more powerful Australian version of the twin-turbocharged Ford 3.0L V6 EcoBoost engine, which produces 392 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, while the European variant makes substantially less – 284 horsepower and 362 pound-feet. It’s also possible that the American Ranger Raptor may wind up with a version of that same engine that’s closer to the 418 horsepower and 440 pound-feet generated in the Ford Bronco Raptor, too.