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New Car Preview: 2024 Ford Ranger and Ranger Raptor

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Ford has introduced a redesigned 2024 Ranger for America, which gets a new Ranger Raptor trim having similar treatment as the Bronco Raptor in the power and off-roading department.

The full lineup will consist of XL, XLT, Lariat, and Raptor models, all with a crew cab configuration and a 5-foot bed.

The base price for the Ranger will be $34,160, while the Ranger Raptor will be priced at $56,960, both including a $1,595 destination charge. The standard engine will be a 2.3-liter turbo-4 with 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, while a turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 with 315 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque from the F-150 and Bronco will be available as well.

The Ranger Raptor will have a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 405 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, the same engine found in the Bronco Raptor. Every Ranger model will come with a 10-speed automatic transmission, with rear-wheel drive as standard, while four-wheel drive will be optional. Of course, if you opt for the Ranger Raptor you’ll get four-wheel drive as standard.

The Ranger Raptor will be the most off-road capable, with locking front and rear differentials, but it will not have the Bronco Raptor’s disconnecting front sway bar as it is intended for high-speed desert running.

The 2024 Ranger will be based on an updated high-strength steel frame with a 1.9-inch longer wheelbase and a 2.4-inch wider track for better stability. The Raptor will have a 3.5-inch wider track and a Watts-link rear suspension with class-exclusive 2.5-inch FOX Live Valve shocks and coil springs instead of the Ranger’s rear leaf springs and struts.

The new Ford Ranger Raptor will also come with high-strength steel skid plates covering the engine, transfer case, and fuel tank. The 2024 Ranger will get some of the new F-150 design treatment, with many of the visual cues being functional, such as the hood and fender vents to extract heat, wider fender flares over the large off-roading tires, and front and rear hooks for off-road recoveries.

Inside of the new Ford Ranger, there is a new 8.1-inch digital gauge cluster for lower trims, while the Lariat and Raptor models get a larger 12.4-inch digital cluster. There’s a new 10.1-inch touchscreen for XL and XLT models handling the latest version of Sync for the infotainment system, while Lariat and Raptor models get a 12.0-inch touchscreen. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard across the lineup and a 4G LTE connection for future over-the-air updates.

The rear seat can fold down to create a cargo floor, or the seat bottom can flip up for hidden storage. The Ranger Raptor will feature sport seats with orange accents and thicker bolstering, magnesium paddle shifters, and an orange center marker on the steering wheel, all similar to what we find on other Raptor vehicles.

For safety, every new Ford Ranger will get automatic emergency braking/forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and active lane control. Adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic detection will also be available.

The 2024 Ford Ranger Raptor will be assembled at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan and available for ordering later this month with availability late this summer.


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