The North American version of the all-new, next-generation, 2024 Ford Ranger debuted back in May, ushering in the next era of the mid-size pickup. Production of the 2024 Ranger is currently scheduled to begin at the Michigan Assembly plant on August 21st, as Ford Authority reported last week, and The Blue Oval recently shared the most popular configurations, colors, and options order holders are going for thus far. However, as has been the case with many recently-launched FoMoCo products, 2024 Ford Ranger customers figure to have an abundance of aftermarket parts, accessories, and other upgrades to choose from – one of which may be previewed by this prototype recently spotted by Ford Authority.
This 2024 Ford Ranger prototype’s bed sides are covered in Rhinohide Armor, which is a two millimeter ABS panel designed to provide protection from things like rocks, branches, and other types of debris one might encounter out on the roads or off-road trails, and it’s reportedly easy to install with no drilling required, either.
Rhinohide Armor is already available for the current-gen Ranger, but the kit listed on its website is a bit different than what’s pictured here – meaning that if it is offered as an official accessory for the mid-sizer, it may wind up varying a little from what’s currently available. What’s particularly interesting about this application, however, is the fact that Rhinohide is an Australian company – though this prototype is a left-hand drive model.
In any event, the 2024 Ford Ranger figures to enjoy an expansive catalog of parts and accessories following its launch, as has already been previewed on a number of occasions. In fact, a variety of goods for the next-gen model are already available, and Ford Authority spotted another prototype decked out with all kinds of upgrades just this past May, too.