Over the past several months, Ford Authority has spotted a number of North American 2024 Ford Ranger prototypes out driving around, including the first camo-free example back in January, an XLT with what might be the Chrome Appearance Package, a Lariat with rear bumper steps, another XLT in blue, and a pair of Ranger Raptors – one in white, and another covered in heavy road salt. Now, as we inch closer to the official debut and launch of the North American 2024 Ford Ranger and Ranger Raptor later this year, Ford Authority has spotted yet another example of the redesigned pickup – this XLT model that appears to be equipped with the Sport Appearance Package.
It’s unclear if this 2024 Ford Ranger XLT is in fact equipped with the Sport Appearance Package, but the equipment that we can spot neatly lines up with what’s currently offered on the 2023 model. While it’s missing its running boards/rocker panels, the other tell-tale signs are in place and accounted for.
The Sport Appearance Package (76E) offered for the current-gen Ranger is included with the XLT Mid (301A) and High (302A) packages and is optional on Lariat High (501A) models, though it isn’t compatible with the Black Appearance Package, Tremor Off-Road Package, Splash Package, and Chrome Appearance Package.
Currently, the Sport Appearance Package adds a bevy of equipment to the mid-size pickup, including 17-inch Magnetic-painted aluminum sport wheels, a black mesh grille with a Magnetic-painted surround (also includes Magnetic bars on Lariat models), Magnetic-painted bumpers and fender vent surrounds, a Sport box decal – as seen here – (except on FX4-equipped pickups), and black wheel lip moldings for XLT or Magnetic-painted units for Lariat models. Additionally, customers can add 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with Magnetic pockets and five-inch rectangular black running boards as an option.
Aside from brand new interior and exterior styling, the 2024 Ford Ranger will add a host of new tech features including a standard 10.1-inch or optional 12-inch infotainment screen running Sync 4, as well as 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 U.S.-spec 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.
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I have to admit Ford really has the bland look nailed. Utility companies and government agencies will love these trucks.
Ford tends to rely on trim plastic, blacked out molding and tape applications way to much.
I guess it all sells well, but agree with you… see one and you have scene them all.
The fancy names they use ‘do not, a special truck make’.
This is very strange, they just don’t look like this is the flesh. They look very bold/strong, mature design. Much better than the Hilux, Isuzu or Triton
Funny, this Ranger XLT sport appearance package looks more like what one would expect an XL without the sport appearance package to look based on the F150 line. Boring.
If I saw this on the road I would just assume it was a utility company contractor truck.
By the pics it sure looks dull and unimaginative. Very disappointing, because I could be in the market soon, and based on my stellar Colorado experience, along with the aesthetics and drivetrain of the coming 3rd gen GM, that will get first look for me.
Looks odd with just painted bumpers and flares. Should’ve painted the door bottoms gray to at least make it a “two tone”
Overall I like the looks, but I think it would look arguably better if they had used the entire front end of the new Ford Everest. The Sport trim level looks pretty good!