The high-flying, speed-defying F-150 Raptor is essentially scaled down for the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor. The off-road-capable Ranger will have the same flared fenders, tough tires, additional ground clearance, and distinctive grille as its big brother. The Raptor form of the Ranger will have a long-travel suspension for flying over jumps and a more potent engine for quicker desert runs, but it will sit on the same completely boxed ladder frame as the standard Ranger. Only one body type for the Ford will be available: a crew cab attached to a five-foot cargo box. A feature-rich entertainment system and distinctive touches should be present within.
What has changed for 2023?
Following the introduction of the international model, Ford has announced that the Ranger Raptor would actually be marketed in the United States. Before the formal announcement, spy images of it in testing and a disguised prototype of the next Ranger were made public. Next year, the Raptor version will arrive in dealerships here in the United States.
Performance – Engine, Transmission, and Other
A 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine with 392 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque will power the 2023 Ranger Raptor. However, those numbers can alter somewhat from the American version. It’s effectively the same system as the Ford Bronco Raptor, which comes standard with four-wheel drive, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and locking front and rear differentials. The Raptor will have stronger off-road equipment and a stiffer suspension than its pedestrian equivalent. It boasts bigger front and rear tracks, 33-inch all-terrain tires, a higher riding height, and more ground clearance.
Fuel efficiency and actual MPG
For the 2023 Ranger Raptor, Ford hasn’t disclosed its fuel economy numbers. We’ll update this report whenever they do. Once we have the chance to test one on our 75 mph highway fuel-economy route as part of our rigorous testing process, we will also disclose its real-world mpg. Visit the EPA website for more details regarding the Raptor’s fuel efficiency.
Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior
The inside of the Raptorized Ranger will be only slightly changed from that of the standard Ranger. While a lot of hard plastics and certain rubberized materials are still to be expected, Ford spruces up the interior with special materials. The front seats in the international model include thick front bolsters with leather and microsuede upholstery. The steering wheel should include two aluminum paddle shifters and a red band at the 12 o’clock position to indicate its performance edge. We anticipate it’ll offer a similar set of standard and optional features as the standard truck, including dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, remote start, and more. The Ranger Raptor will likely only be offered in one body style, a crew cab with a five-foot cargo box.
Connectivity and Information
We expect every Ranger Raptor to have an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Ford’s latest Sync infotainment software. That would mean Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot are standard features. Along with various charging ports, the widebody Ranger will likely offer options such as built-in navigation and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Ranger Raptor hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The mid-size pickup truck is also expected to come with a slew of driver-assistance technology. Key safety features should include:
- Available forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Available adaptive cruise control
- Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Ford provides competitive limited and powertrain warranties in this segment. The Ranger Raptor also doesn’t receive complimentary maintenance like rivals such as the Chevy and Toyota.
- Three years or 36,000 miles are covered by the limited warranty.
- Five years or 60,000 miles are covered by the powertrain warranty.
- There is no free scheduled maintenance