The Ford Ranger Raptor is a high-performance variant of the Ford Ranger, which is a mid-size pickup truck. The Ranger Raptor is designed and engineered by Ford’s performance division, Ford Performance, to provide exceptional off-road capabilities and rugged performance. This model extends Ford’s Raptor line, which currently includes models for the F-150 full-size pickup truck and the Bronco sport utility vehicle.
Highlights of the 2024 Ford Ranger Raptor
The 2024 Ranger launches this model’s fifth generation. It is available in four trim levels – XL, XLT, Lariat, and Raptor. The first three come with standard rear-wheel drive and available four-wheel drive. The Raptor seats five and is four-wheel-drive-only. Notably, all models are crew cab-only with a five-foot cargo bed.
The Ranger Raptor features a distinctive and aggressive design with a unique grille, muscular fenders, a widened track, and high ground clearance. Specifically, this model showcases a contemporary design featuring LED projector headlights illuminating the night, accompanied by C-clamp signature lighting. The grille proudly displays striking F-O-R-D lettering, positioned above a sturdy all-steel bumper. Furthermore, integrated front and rear tow hooks enhance functionality, while LED taillights create a distinct C-clamp connection to the front. Notably, it is wider and taller than the standard Ranger to enhance its off-road capabilities.
Power Up With a Twin-Turbo
Just like its larger sibling, the Ranger Raptor will feature a unique engine for this model. Under the hood is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine producing 405 horsepower and 421 pound-feet of torque. By far, that’s the most power seen in this class. Power routes to all four wheels using a 10-speed automatic transmission. Further, this model features a two-speed transfer case, along with front and rear locking differentials. Consequently, expect this hotted-up Ranger to go places no other midsize truck dares to travel.
Enhanced Suspension and Underbody Protection
Designed to conquer formidable dunes, the Raptor is equipped with a robust long-travel suspension, featuring a rear suspension with a Watts link and exclusive 2.5-inch FOX™ Live Valve shocks*. The Ranger Raptor features 33-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain KO3 tires on 17-inch wheels. Optional beadlock-capable wheels with available bead locks allow running low tire pressures. Finally, the vehicle also boasts robust underbody protection, including a strong front bash plate and shields for the engine, transfer case, and fuel tank.
Host of Tech Goodies
A modern truck comes with a host of technological features, thus the Ranger in any form does not disappoint. While the XL and XLT trims feature an 8-inch digital gauge cluster, the Lariat and Raptor have a 12.4-inch screen. The two upper trims also replace the standard 10.1-inch touchscreen with a 12-inch display. Other Raptor features include standard Android Apple and Apple CarPlay, 4G LTE connectivity, a 120-volt power outlet in the bed, and multiple USB ports. Lastly, a Bang & Olufsen audio system is a Raptor exclusive.
Safety Features Galore
Safety is built into the 2024 Ranger. Adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go comes standard. Also, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot monitoring system, and post-collision braking are additional features found with the Raptor. In recent years, manufacturers have improved driver-assist technologies in pickup trucks to roughly match what cars and crossovers provide.
Yes, the Raptor Tows
The 2024 Ford Ranger has a standard 3,500-pound tow rating or up to 7,500 pounds in select configurations. However, the Ranger Raptor offers a middle ground as it pulls up to 5,150 pounds. The Ranger provides advanced towing capabilities with exclusive features such as Pro Trailer Backup Assist and an integrated trailer brake controller. With the convenience of a 360-degree camera, off-roading and trailer backing become easier tasks. Additionally, the Ranger continuously enhances its performance through over-the-air updates.
Arriving This Summer
As of this writing, the order books for the Ranger Raptor are open. Initial deliveries are set for this summer.
Ford’s timing couldn’t be better with an all-new Tacoma waiting in the wings. The Toyota is the runaway best-seller in the segment, but open to a challenge. Besides the Ranger Raptor, shoppers might also consider the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, and the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. We believe, though, that the Ranger Raptor will quickly establish itself as the segment’s kingpin.
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