The new 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is coming to the U.S. in 2023!by Sidd Dhimaan, on
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Ford’s been on a roll since the last two years. Forget about the facelifts and refreshes; I’m talking about the blockbuster hits. We’ve had the new F-150, the resurrection of the Bronco, the F-150 Raptor, the announcement of the F-150 Raptor R, the F-150 Lightning, the Bronco Raptor, and now, the Ranger Raptor. We have spotted it in the past, but with camouflage. The new Ranger Raptor will be based on the new 2023 Ranger – that is also one of the launches in recent times and replaced the aging T-6 Ranger – and will further elevate the company’s Raptor brand.
The new Ranger Raptor is a huge improvement over the model it replaces. For starters, it comes with a 3.0-liter, V-6 EcoBoost engine that makes a shade under 300 horses. Ford has upgraded the suspensions setup and introduced more tech as well. But, the biggest question – will it come Stateside? The answer is YES! Ford’s CEO, Jim Farley, confirmed that the new Ranger Raptor will be coming Stateside in 2023!
What Powers The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor?
The highlight of the new-gen Ranger Raptor is the engine that’s lurking under the hood. This is a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 EcoBoost engine. It’s the same mill that is present in the Explorer ST as well.
Ford says the engine is tuned – rather, detuned – to make 284 horsepower and 362 pound-feet of torque. This is 73 horsepower more than the diesel engine from the current Ranger Raptor, but seven pound-feet of torque lesser.
The current Ranger Raptor comes with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine under the hood that generates 211 horses and 369 pound-feet of torque. This EcoBlue diesel engine will be carried over as well, but the power outputs were not revealed. Power continues to be routed to the wheels via a ten-speed automatic gearbox.
The engine comes with something known as an Anti-Lag System. Here, the turbochargers keep spinning for up to three seconds after the driver backs off the throttle. It’s helpful when you are accelerating out of a corner and take your foot off the A-pedal momentarily, but the turbochargers will keep spinning so you can start off where you left. This was first seen on the GT car and then the Focus ST. The anti-lag system can be activated only in the Baja mode. The automaker has also equipped an electronically controlled active exhaust system with four selectable modes – Quiet, Normal, Sport, and Baja.
The Off-Road Gear Is Improved Significantly
Ford has tweaked the Ranger Raptor’s chassis. There are many things different here when compared to the standard Ranger, like the Raptor-specific mounts and reinforcements in the C-pillar, load box, and spare wheel. There are unique frames for the jounce bumper, shock tower, and rear shock bracket as well.
The Ranger Raptor comes with an advanced full-time four-wheel-drive system with a new electronically‑controlled, on-demand two-speed transfer case that’s combined with front and rear locking differentials.
There are seven drive modes to choose from, three of which are for on-road drive and four for off-road. They are:
- Rock Crawl
As seen on the Bronco Raptor as well, the Ranger Raptor comes with Trail Control, which, in its essence, is cruise control for off-roading. It can be set below the speeds of 20 mph (32 kph).
The suspension setup now features lightweight aluminum upper and lower control arms, a long‑travel front and rear suspension, and a refined Watt’s link rear end. There are new FOX Live Valve dampers and next-generation FOX 2.5-inch Live Valve internal bypass shock absorbers with position-sensitive damping capability. The suspension is said to adapt in real-time for improved body control. To make sure the truck doesn’t bottom out, the FOX Bottom-Out Control provides maximum damping force in the last 25-percent of the shock travel.
As for the underbody protection, you get a front bash plate that’s twice the size of the plate that’s seen on the Ranger. There’s an engine under-shield and a transfer case shield that protects the radiator, steering system, front crossmember, engine sump, and the front differential. The truck comes with two tow hooks at the front and the rear.
How Is The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor On The Outside?
Coming to the truck’s aesthetics, there are quite a few factors and design elements that distinguish it from the standard Ranger. Up front you get the signature Raptor face with C-clamp headlights and F-O-R-D lettering on the grille. It also features matrix LED headlights and DRLs.
The new Ranger Raptor rides on 17-inch alloy wheels shod in Raptor-exclusive performance all‑terrain tires. There are functional vents to let the hot air dissipate and some aero features as well. The truck also comes with cast-aluminum side steps.
Step to the back and you’ll notice LED taillights that complement the headlights at the front. There’s a Precision Grey rear bumper that features an integrated step pad and a towbar. The towbar is tucked up high and doesn’t interfere with the departure angle. Ford hasn’t revealed the off-road figures yet, but we’re sure they’ll be either as good, or better than the outgoing model. The current 2022 Ranger Raptor’s approach angle is rated at 32.5 degrees, and departure- and breakover angle at 24 degrees.
How Is The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor On The Inside?
The cabin comes with a new layout. Ford has installed jet fighter-inspired sports seats to keep you in place when you drive hard off the roads. The exclusive Ford Performance Code Orange shade accents are present on the instrument panel, trim, and seats. There’s a 12-inch touchscreen on the center console that’s powered by Ford’s SYNC 4A infotainment system. It supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The other features inside the cabin are:
- 12.4-inch Digital Instrument Cluster
- Leather Sports Heated Steering Wheel
- Cast-Magnesium Paddle Shifters
- Ambient Lighting
- 10-speaker B&O sound system
How Much Does The New 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor Cost?
Ford hasn’t revealed the pricing yet, but we should hear more about it in the coming months.
When Will It Arrive?
The 2023 Ranger Raptor’s deliveries will begin in the final quarter of 2022 in Europe. There’s still no word as to if or when it will arrive in the U.S. However, we’ve come across reports from that past that suggest the Ranger Raptor will be coming here soon.
The new Ranger Raptor, but we truck enthusiasts are a little greedy. Ford offered a V-6 this time around, but can we have a V-8? It may be forbidden in the Bronco, but as it turns out, Ford might offer a V-8 Ranger Raptor sometime down the line. Take this with a pinch of salt because nothing is confirmed yet.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Powers The New Ranger Raptor
Ford has introduced a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 EcoBoost engine that makes 284 horsepower and 362 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-liter, bi-turbo four-cylinder EcoBlue engine that makes 211 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque will be retained as well.
Will The Ranger Raptor Be Sold In The U.S.?
Ford’s CEO, Jim Farley, has confirmed that the new Ranger Raptor will be coming to the U.S. in 2023!
When Will The 2023 Ranger Raptor Arrive?
The 2023 Ranger Raptor’s deliveries will begin in the final quarter of 2022 in Europe.