wade through introduces the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor model, a class smaller than the legendary F-150 Raptor. Ranger Raptor models offer a cross between off-road capability and practicality. It’s also a budget-friendly way to own a Ford truck if you’re looking for a mid-range option.
The American automaker has yet to confirm an exact release date for the new Ranger Raptor, or make an official statement on when it will be available in the United States.
It’s estimated that this new Raptor model will hit the market towards the end of 2022. A lot of specifics about the next Ranger are still unknown, but here’s what we know so far.
Let’s take a closer look at the new Ford Ranger Raptor.
What We Expect From The Ford Ranger Raptor 2023
Not much has been updated about its configuration except that it appears smaller and has a synchronized black and white camouflage print. The new Ranger will likely have flared fenders, tough tires, greater ground clearance, and the iconic grille seen on existing Ranger models.
This pickup truck has probably always had the same recognizable exterior – a five-foot-tall cargo box that connects to the crew cab. But the Raptor 2023 is expected to have a long-travel suspension for jumping and a more powerful engine for faster desert travel.
The interior of the new truck appears to be slightly different compared to its regular counterparts. Leather and microsuede upholstery, as well as extensively reinforced front seats, are standard for this version. The steering wheel should have a red band at the 12 o’clock mark, indicating its performance advantage, in addition to a pair of aluminum paddle shifters.
We expect it to include dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, remote start, and other standard and optional features similar to the base model as well.
An 8-inch touchscreen (with Ford’s updated Sync infotainment software) is expected in every 2023 Ranger Raptor. This means Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspots will all become standard.
In addition to multiple charging points, the spacious Ranger will also likely include features like built-in navigation and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.
Other Raptor Ranger 2023 Upgrades
Most of the major upgrades are expected to happen under the hood. There will likely be more emphasis on fuel economy for the engine performance.
Based on our guess, it will get a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine similar to that found in the full-size Ford Bronco SUV, producing 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission should provide that power to all four wheels.
Since it’s going to go by the Raptor name, it should have a sturdier suspension and tough off-road gear than your regular Ford Ranger. It should feature up to 33-inch all-terrain tires with larger front and rear tracks, as well as a higher ride height and increased ground clearance.
Ford has not released any performance figures on the 2023 Ranger Raptor. We are still waiting for the engine power output figures and fuel consumption ratings. It hasn’t been crash-tested either but attempts to attract modern technology are observed.
The mid-size pickup is expected to include a host of driver-assist features: forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear traffic warning and adaptive cruise.
How Does It Compare To Its Competition?
Just like the other details we’d like to know, Ford hasn’t mentioned the price yet. What is certain is that it will start at a higher price than the high-end Ranger Lariat (another mid-range pickup from Ford but slightly less attractive). Therefore, the newest Raptor may be worth $44,500 or more.
The Ranger Raptor 2023 is likely to be compared to the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Chevy Colorado ZR2 in the mid-size pickup category. Both are good competitors, especially the Toyota Tacoma which is a mid-size pickup capable of heavy-duty.
TRD models have a plethora of available off-road performance equipment, as well as powerful towing capabilities. The drawback may be that this Toyota truck can use the required engine power. However, it is a smooth ride and has good seating capacity and ample truck area.
The Chevrolet Colorado, on the other hand, is another capable pickup. It’s calm and pleasant inside and gives a better rider feel than you’d expect from a pickup truck. It has a larger tailgate area, which is pretty standard for an American pickup.
In this segment, Ford offers a limited warranty and an attractive powertrain. Also, unlike rivals like Chevy and Toyota, the Ranger Raptor doesn’t come with free maintenance.
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