There is currently an almost generalized renewal of intermediate vans. Several months after the launch of the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon and a few days before the launch of the latest generation of the Toyota Tacoma, it is now the turn of the next generation Ford Ranger to be unveiled. Without going the hybrid or electric route – at least, for the moment – Ford’s protege is betting on an expanded mechanical offer and a new Raptor livery.
Behind a redesigned and more assertive design which was presented in November 2021 as a world premiere, this North American version of Ford’s most international pickup truck does not reinvent the recipe. Its box-section steel platform still hosts a bolt-on body, and its rear suspension still features leaf springs to deal with loads. The wheelbase and the tracks have however been lengthened by 5 cm to promote the capacity of the rear body as well as stability.
In addition to the turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder that makes a return with 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, the 2024 Ranger gains a twin-turbocharged 2.7L V6 that pushes peak power to 315 hp and 400 lb-ft. It is therefore aligned with the mechanical offer of the Ford Bronco SUV with which it shares its chassis. Both engines are driven by a 10-speed automatic transmission. However, this latest generation Ranger does not have an increased maximum towing capacity, which is still set at 3,400 kg. Its maximum payload – all liveries combined – also drops by 25 kg to 819 kg.
The interior, for its part, has been completely redesigned with, fortunately, better quality materials as well as a greater quality of assembly, Ford maintains. A large optional 12.3-inch vertical screen present in many of the brand’s products makes its arrival with the latest generation of the infotainment system. Towing is also facilitated by a series of functionalities inaugurated by the Ford F-150, including the “Pro Trailer Backup Assist” allowing a trailer to be maneuvered backwards by means of a knob.