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US-Market 2024 Ford Ranger XLT Spotted Fully Undisguised

Following its debut early last year, the next-generation Ford Ranger has launched in a host of global markets – except for the U.S., where the new mid-size pickup and the high-performance Ranger Raptor are both set to launch later this year for the 2024 model year. As such, we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the American version of the new Ranger, though there will ultimately be a few differences worth noting. Regardless, Ford Authority has spotted a handful of U.S.-spec 2024 Ranger models out and about recently, including a completely uncovered SuperCrew, what appears to be a Tremor SuperCab, a Ranger Raptor on the assembly line, and a rather salty Ranger Raptor sitting in a parking lot. Now, Ford Authority has spotted this U.S.-market 2024 Ford Ranger XLT driving around fully uncovered, too.

This 2024 Ford Ranger XLT appears to be a four-wheel drive model with tow hooks up front, but it’s also is a bit different than the previously-spied examples of the new mid-sizer. In fact, it’s possible that this particular pickup is equipped with some sort of black appearance package, given the presence of blacked-out trim throughout the exterior.

The current-gen Ranger is offered with the optional Black Appearance Package, which is available with XLT Mid, XLT High, and Lariat High versions of the pickup. It adds a host of blacked-out components such as 18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, a black Ford logo, fender vent surrounds, mirror caps, sill plates, lower front fascia, front grille, and running boards, along with body-color front and rear bumpers.

Otherwise, this 2024 Ford Ranger XLT features the same updated exterior styling as previously-spied prototypes, along with side marker indicators, which are a regulatory requirement in the U.S. Inside the cabin, 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.

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.

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.

We’ll have more on the 2024 Ford Ranger soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Ranger news and ongoing 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. Tim

    Years ago a base XL pickup had black mirrors bumpers etc now they made it into a package that we will need to spend more money on. Give me a break Ford.

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    1. RWFA

      Tim, It’s clearly a different color black.

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      1. Tim

        Oh wow now that is news!

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        1. RWFA

          Now you know!

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  2. Joe Smith

    No extended cab version, no sale! Looks like I’ll be driving a new Tacoma.

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    1. NakedDave1

      IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. RWFA

      Oh joe BSmith, trying to fluff for Toyota, haven’t you seen the pics of the ExC ?

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    3. Frank

      I’ve seen pictures of a supercab driving in the USA…That’s what I’m waiting to see…

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  3. Jim Kern

    Before y’all get too excited about models and trims wait until the release. Supercab prototypes have been spied but that’s no guarantee.
    https://fordauthority.com/2023/01/will-the-2024-ford-ranger-tremor-be-offered-with-supercab/
    Longer bed discussions as well.
    Unfortunately, regardless if they made a 100 variations it still wouldn’t suit everyone.
    There are more questions than answers at this point. If Toyodor is your best option, go for it. I will stick with the blue oval but everybody has options.
    Can Ford even meet demand? At this point they are failing miserably.

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    1. MG

      Make a hybrid with minimum 2.4kW in bed and I’m in. I’ll give up my 7.2kW power boost for it just to have 85% capability for 65% of price and be able to park it. Throw in a longer bed crew cab and it’s a suburban dream.

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  4. Diego C.

    Ford is so afraid of the Ranger stealing F150 buyers that it gave the Ranger less appealing looks. I was really hoping they would have changed the front end mainly the “bumper” to look more similar to the Bronco. I’ve been anxiously awaiting this new design but now I’m just extremely disappointed. The new Colorado/Canyon, Frontier or Tacoma is what I will be looking into.

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    1. NakedDave1

      You were just looking for an excuse anyway!! Bye Bye!!

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    2. RWFA

      What are you even talking about?

      It’s an attractive truck with its own language.

      As for Bronco pickup, hmmmm?

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    3. MG

      Canyon is going to be value leader for sure.

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  5. Tom

    It’s because trucks are becoming the new soccer dad vehicle.

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  6. RAZ

    Are all the 4 door, 4wd, monochrome trucks what people want, or just what the manufacturers produce? The current Ranger XLT offers 6 monochrome shades and only 3 colors (2 reds and a blue). I’ve given up on buying off the lot and plan to custom order a redesigned extended (not crew) cab midsized truck. Come on Ford, breath some life into what is an otherwise bland design by teasing us with something other than another gray sheep.

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    1. MG

      Dude, on anything but top trims it does seem people like monochrome. All my millennial peers say they don’t like chrome…but then I get a chrome package lariat f150 and they love it lol

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  7. James

    Do they make or can you get a rear wheel drive only Ranger? Does anyone know how high the rocker panel is from the road or is it easy to get into?

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    1. NakedDave1

      The Ranger is a rear wheel drive truck and you can get it in 2wheel drive ( rear wheel drive)

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  8. Outlook214

    Gosh what a disappointment. I hope Chevy got the mechanicals right on the Colorado because it looks SOOOOOO much better than this thing. I thought they’d toughen the front end up like the current gen with some real bumpers and save an otherwise ho-hum design, but they didn’t. It already looks dated. Maybe it’s because Ford can’t figure out supply constraints because they are putting all their eggs in the set up for failure EV basket? Bye bye Ford.

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    1. NakedDave1

      Good Riddence, don’t let the door hit you in the backside on the way out loser!!!

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    2. RWFA

      Oh Diego, what are you trying to do here?

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  9. Jason

    Based on my (stellar) near 6-year ownership experience with a 2017 Colorado, AND the appeal of the next-gen Colorado, there’s really no reason to step on a Ford lot when it’s time to trade. Dull and unimaginative!

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    1. NakedDave1

      Looking in a mirror idiot???

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      1. Outlook214

        Settle down fanboi, you’re gonna have a stroke defending this turd of a truck. It’s ugly and boring. Ford thinks everybody wants an EV that gets 80 miles towing. Farley has Ford so woke and with products and decisions like these, they will be so broke in a few short years. I’ve owned Ford’s my whole life, but the truth doesn’t hurt me. I’ll just keep my 2021 F-150 long term and remember what Ford used to be and not what has fastly become.

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  10. Bruce B

    I agree 100% with this new look 2024 Ranger and we really won’t know the official true looks till Ford releases this 2024 Ranger to the public. Orders are suppose to start in May of this year, you would think Ford would of announced the New Resigned USA Ranger by now.
    Too many unknowns for me to do this waiting game, so I went an ordered an 22 Ranger Supercab 4×4 XLT and after 9 months of ownership I am 100% happy with my decision.
    Ford is seeing the Present Ranger Supercab in Orders with mine and many other 2022 and 2023 model years, sure not as many as the crewcab but like others have stated, not everyone needs the use of a 4 Dr 5 foot bed Ranger crewcab.
    Now if I had waited and got the 2023 Ranger instead of the 2022, it would of cost me at a minimum additional $5000 more Vs the 2022, so another wise decision to get the 2022. (I would loss out on the Dealers $2000 off if I ordered through them, which they are not offering this $2K rebate for a ordered 2023, $500 additional Ford rebate on top of the current $1000 if you place an order with Ford and the Dealer only charged me a $99 doc fee instead of their usual $599 doc fee and they gave back to me the $500 out of the Doc fee. Plus the 2023 MSRP increased $2000 over the 2022, then on top of the $5K, the excellent trade-in $ the Dealer gave me back in April 2022)
    And yes, Ranger’s can be had in 2 wheel drive, I’ve seen a few recently.
    The biggest issue I see coming for the 2024 model is the current sharing with the highly profitable Bronco. Back in 2019 when the Ranger was reintroduce in the US, the sell numbers were very decent but that was before the Bronco.
    My ordered 2022 Ranger took exactly 4 1/2 months from day of order to me picking up the 22 Ranger, in comparison my ordered 2016 F350 took exactly 31 day’s. All of my previous ordered Ford’s, never took more than 60 day’s but that was when parts, all parts were available, not the shortages and completing for chip’s as we have today.
    Ford needs to improve big time in the ordering process though, way to lax in keeping the customer of the current status of your ordered Ford product. If pushed back with build date, Ford needs to give the reason why for this delay, not the current no info email alert (s).
    Sure would be nice if the 2024 Ranger retains the Supercab model, something GM stop doing starting with the 2023 Canyon and Colorado’s.

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  11. Karl

    It looks just like the Maverick. I wish Ford would make each of their vehicles with their own style. They all look the same. It’s cookie cutter styling.
    I like Ford but their styling department needs to step it up with variety.

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    1. Eric

      Literally every car brand does this

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  12. Eric

    Well if the comments here are any marker I should have an easy time ordering mine since everyone is so unhappy ford made a ford truck

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    1. Zviera

      Everyone here is unhappy with everything Ford does nowadays. Comment section is just a bunch of complainers, rarely any positive comments made. Bitter bunch.

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      1. Eric

        sure seems that way. Funny thing is if you drive it you won’t be looking at the outside. And the competitors aren’t too much better. Nissan ripped off Tacoma, Tacoma aint changing, chevy and gmc look great but have quality issues, etc. I also think its funny how mad people are when we have more or less known what we were getting for a year now

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        1. RWFA

          Most of these negative commenters are pro trolls not real folks.

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      2. RWFA

        Hi Z, my Canadian friend, there are a lot of bad faith paid trolls here using different shared themes and scripted comments trying to derail ford (I think they think that potential buyers or opinion makers come here to read comments and they can plant their FUDster seeds of denial, doubt, and delay.)

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        1. Zviera

          👍Hope you are right, keep up the good work straightening them out. It’s a joy to read.

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  13. JWL

    I think ford makes a better midsize. But those new GM twins are simply stunning. Tough choice.

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    1. Robo

      I agree. I’m leaning more towards the Ranger at this point, but the Trail Boss Colorado is a great looking truck and appears it will be a few thousand less than a comparably equipped XLT Tremor Ranger.

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  14. RWFA

    LoL at the comments subversively trying to drive potential customers to consider the GM vehicles … all I’m a Ford guy … I’m thinking about Ford … ending in compliments for the GMs.

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    1. blksn8k

      A lot of the the disappointment with the Ranger can be explained when you look at how Ford views the truck market versus other brands. Ford obviously gives a much higher priority to its full-size F-Series trucks in North America with the Ranger being geared more towards international markets where the F-Series may not even be available. The Ranger is more or less an afterthought for North America. Ford will only make it good enough to be somewhat competitive in its segment but not so good as to pirate sales from either the F-150 or now the Maverick as well. Other brands seem to treat their mid-size trucks as a higher priority for this market. Both GM and Toyota build completely different versions for different markets. Ford basically only builds one version of the Ranger with different powertrains for different markets. Ever notice how GM’s full size trucks sales dropped when they introduced their mid-size twins and Tundra sales are far outpaced by the Tacoma? Again, different priorities with those two manufacturers taking advantage of Ford’s lackluster effort with the Ranger which, BTW, is now designed in Australia. Just my opinion, but I think Ford would have been better off to build a Bronco pickup (think Gladiator) and drop the Ranger altogether for this market. Bronco Sport Trac anyone?

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  15. Edward de Jong

    Due to the part shortages and Ford’s internal friction, sadly we won’t see a hybrid Ranger. That would have given Ford a leading product in the segment. Now they have squandered this new version, which presumably has to last 5 years, on a mediocre product. The Tacoma outsells the Ranger by more than 3:1; that’s due to the perception of increased reliability of the Toyota product.

    The Maverick showed that more than half of prospective pickup owners want a higher mileage vehicle, as most are not towing and just toodling around town and thus need that mileage. A pickup truck is nowadays a lifestyle statement for the majority of purchasers. Working people aren’t going to buy a new truck so easily. The average age of a pickup is over 20 years. Ford is missing a huge opportunity here.

    And don’t get me started on Ford’s mishandling of the Maverick production; they haven’t even averaged more than 6k/month output, and now they are more than a year behind.

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  16. JR

    Looking too much like a slightly larger Maverick. Do not care for the integral front end look and would rather have the separate bumper/valence like the current generation. Scale is off from nose to tail.

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