With the all-new, next-generation Ford Ranger and Ranger Raptor making their respective debuts in North American recently, production of the last-gen model has been winding down at the Michigan Assembly plant for some time now. The fact that MAP is switching over to 2024 Ranger production – coupled with tremendous demand for the Ford Bronco, which it’s built alongside of – means that The Blue Oval assembled just 3,222 2023 Ford Ranger pickups in January, and 3,856 units in April. However, 2023 Ranger production reached a new low in July, according to FoMoCo’s latest sales report.
Last month, Ford built a total of 151 2023 Ranger pickups at MAP, which is a whopping 5,221 units or 97 percent less than the 5,372 that it produced in June. That brings the Ranger’s year-to-date production totals to 28,626 units – a far cry from the Bronco, which has had 83,656 units roll off the production line through the first seven months of the year.
Of course, this comes as no surprise as Ford is winding down 2023 Ranger production in preparation for the arrival of the all-new 2024 model, but it’s an interesting insight into this process, regardless. It’s also worth noting that 2023 Ford Ranger retail order banks closed back in January, while order banks for the redesigned 2024 model opened up in late May.
The 2024 Ranger is vastly different than its predecessor in virtually every way, save for its carryover T6 platform and base Ford 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost powerplant – though the more powerful 2.7L V6 EcoBoost is now available as an option. Otherwise, the new Ranger gets fresh exterior styling, a completely new cabin, a standard 8-inch digital instrument cluster or optional 12.4-inch unit, a standard 10.1-inch or available 12-inch center infotainment screen, and Sync 4 – although it costs a bit more than its predecessor, too.