In February 2022, Ford unveiled the next-generation Ranger Raptor, which has since become the talk of the town. Even though it is a vast improvement over the previous model, the fact that it will be sold in the United States and Canada, where the Ranger Raptor has long been outlawed, is the highlight. Ford has now realized a market for the mid-size off-road beast in these nations.
Now that we know its impending arrival, let’s discuss the truck. The new 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor features an improved suspension system, updated exterior styling and interior amenities, and even a V-6 engine. Significantly, the new 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor has a ton of other changes as well, so here is everything you should know:
IThis sleek backbone, the most eagerly anticipated addition to the new P703 Ford Ranger, utilizes factory-installed roof mounting options and boasts a 100% load-carrying capacity under all circumstances. You’ll be relieved to learn that no drilling is necessary for jimny roof rack installation. Replacement ditch rubber infills have been used to achieve concealed fixing, adding a sleek touch to your setup.
For items like the speedometer, the next-generation Ranger has done away with a physical instrument cluster and replaced it with an 8-inch digital instrument panel that can be customized. These displays include a tachometer, digital speedometer, and startup animations. Avatars with realistic body types are also present in the graphics.
Depending on the variant, owners can switch between layouts displaying data such as driver-assist technologies, tachometer on or off, and additional gauges. There is also a “calm view,” which clears the display of information as needed.
Keep Your Cool
The new climate control system in the next-generation Ranger includes a compressor with variable-stroke technology. This technology enhances refinement and boosts fuel efficiency by reducing compressor cycling and engine load. SYNC 4A or the hard buttons at the bottom of the screen will be the only way owners can access the climate controls. To quickly adjust modes and blower speeds to maintain a comfortable cabin in all weather conditions, a new sensor can measure cabin temperature and humidity.
Next-Gen Ford Ranger– Exterior
The modifications are only made to the Raptor because it is based on the 2022 Ranger. Ford didn’t intend for it to look completely different, but it does appear more bulky and butch. Notably, you get DRLs and matrix LED headlights.
Also, the Ranger’s off-road model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in performance all-terrain tires made specifically for the Raptor. Along with this, the Ranger Raptor has side steps made of cast aluminum.
Compared to the regular Ranger, not much has changed at the back. The new components include a towbar and a Precision Grey rear bumper with an integrated step pad. The towbar is concealed high up, so it won’t affect the departure angle. Significantly, two tow hooks are also included, each in the front and back.
Fewer Buttons, More Capability
Many traditional driving mode controls have been relocated from the dash and center console to their dedicated SYNC screen display.
Drivers can monitor the steering angle, driveline, vehicle pitch, roll angles, and other controls, for instance, by pressing a button to access the Ranger’s dedicated off-road screen.
Significantly, the SYNC screen can control the cabin’s temperature and entertainment, and physical controls are mounted directly below the screen for quick and simple adjustments.
For a more high-tech feel, the team equipped the next-generation Ranger’s higher trim levels with a first-in-class, short-throw e-shifter and electric parking brake. This modification makes driving more accessible and opens up the possibility of more advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), such as fully automated parking assistance.
Next-Gen Ford Ranger-Drivetrain
Finally, a V-6 engine will be installed under the hood of the new Ranger Raptor. This three-liter turbocharged engine is the same engine that powers the Explorer ST and the recently unveiled Bronco Raptor. It will produce 362 pound-feet of torque and 284 horsepower. This is considerably less than the Explorer ST’s 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. Although the Bronco Raptor’s figures haven’t been released, anticipate them to fall somewhere between these two, higher than the Ranger Raptor but lower than the Explorer ST.
Significantly, Ford has used what is known as an anti-lag system. After the driver releases the gas pedal, the system keeps the turbochargers running for up to three seconds. This will be helpful if you are carving corners sharply and need to briefly remove your right foot from the A-pedal before placing it back on. This system will keep the turbo spinning for three seconds rather than waiting for it to spool up again.
Ford has had a great recent run thanks to several clever launches. Everything began in 2020 when the business introduced a new generation of the F-150, its main product. The Bronco was then brought back, and a crossover, more urban-focused version called the Bronco Sport was introduced. The F-150 Raptor and the F-150 Raptor R’s announcement, which is set to debut this year, came after this. To ensure the EV segment wasn’t left out, the automaker shifted its focus to the F-150 Lightning.
Ford decided to introduce the Bronco Raptor and the Ranger Raptor just as we were beginning to believe that the company would take a break. Aside from Everest, other new generations of vehicles include the basic Ranger. Notably, expect Ford to increase its market share in the truck segment even further now that the Ranger Raptor will be available in the United States