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2024 Ford Ranger XLT Spotted With Chrome, Rear Bumper Steps

While the all-new, next-generation Ford Ranger is already on sale in a number of international markets, the mid-size pickup is slated to launch in the U.S. later this year for the 2024 model year. In the meantime, Ford Authority has spotted a number of North American market examples out and about, including a white SuperCrew in January, followed by a four-wheel drive XLT and a Lariat model with rear bumper steps just last month, while a fully-uncovered Ranger Raptor was later spied rolling off the assembly line at the Michigan Assembly plant. Now, Ford Authority has spotted a 2024 Ford Ranger XLT driving around with some interesting features, too.

A rear three quarter view of the 2024 Ford Ranger

This particular 2024 Ford Ranger XLT is finished in a darker color than previously-spotted versions on the outside, but the big story here is the abundance of chrome trim that adorns its flanks, indicating that the next-gen pickup may in fact be offered with some sort of chrome appearance package. This would make perfect sense given the fact that the 2023 Ranger is already available with what is officially called the Chrome Appearance Package, too.

The currently available Chrome Appearance Package adds a host of shiny bits to the mid-size pickup, including either 17-inch chrome-like PVD wheels for XLT trim or 18-inch units for Lariat models, along with chrome adorning the door and tailgate handles, exhaust tip, fender vent surround, front and rear bumpers, and tow hooks for four-wheel drive or FX2 Package-equipped models. The package also adds chrome mirror caps for Lariat trimmed pickups, a black mesh grille with a chrome surround, and body-color wheel lip moldings, as well as optional rectangular chrome running boards.

This 2024 Ford Ranger XLT is equipped with many of those same features, which indicates that the next-gen pickup may continue to offer chrome fans a similar – or even essentially identical – package. Out back, it’s also equipped with rear bumper steps, just like the Lariat pickup spotted last month. Otherwise, the styling details seen here are consistent with previous prototypes.

Inside the cabin, the next-gen Ranger features a standard 10.1-inch or optional 12-inch infotainment screen, Sync 4, and a digital instrument cluster. The pickup 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 North American 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.

We’ll have more on the 2024 Ford Ranger soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more 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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  1. Shockandawe

    Hey, those look familiar! Oh , yah I’ve seen these on millions of gm trucks.

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  2. Robert T Arthur

    I hate the jacked up in the @ss end look of the Ranger. Even my 2003 Sport Trac 4×4 sat level because it had progressive leaf springs. I didn’t even consider the Ranger when I bought my Maverick Lariat AWD- which also sits level. The Ranger was just too high for us to get into with our back problems. We can get right into the Maverick with no problems or the need for steps. Why are you going backwards in design boys?

    1. Lol

      So when the truck is loaded with cargo or towing, it’s not squatted. It’s not backwards, it’s just different.

    2. Mike says...

      Please don’t take this personally , but I doubt that Ford or any other brand builds p/u trucks for physically challenged individuals.
      It is not a market segment that applies to Ford nor should it.
      After market and/or medical assistance products are available to help you.
      To the point, perhaps you should consider a more appropriate vehicle choice given your needs as does everyone else?

  3. ekari65

    The front fender badges need to go. Ugly as sin.

  4. Ronald

    Chrome Sells—-About time Ford wakes up !!!

  5. Dog

    Looks worse than the australian version :/

    Also, say no to chrome.

    1. David

      Agree Agree Agree as with the old adage “if it ain’t broke why (try to) fix it”
      If it’s strength they want, give me black powder coated steel bumpers not plastic chrome coated.
      While the USA gets many more options and model variants our Aussie versions are “on point” and as long as Ford USA don’t shaft Australia like GM did…. and continue to bring in factory RHD Mustang (saving us $30,000 in conversion compliance rework costs), us Aussies will remain loyal to the Blue Oval…

  6. Motorpsychology

    Would like to see another NA SuperCrew/6’box out testing. haven’t seen one since earlier last summer.

  7. outlook214

    This truck is FUGLY. Some of the “packages” look OK at best. However this XLT model looks hideous and cheap. Looks like a truck designed in India and rebadged by Ford for the U.S. market. 🤢🤮

  8. Jb

    I really dislike the bumper steps. Catch all for all kinds of crap and look bad. Also, why make the Ranger look so much like the Maverick? Biggest gripe- front end looks bad without a legit steel bumper and so out of scale with the rest of the truck.


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