The rumors are true. After four years of being left out, the Still United States of America will see the addition of the Ford Ranger Raptor performance pickup truck in the marketplace starting in 2023. And it’s been officially confirmed by CEO Jim Farley himself on Twitter, where he can often be found breaking product news. This comes as the Ranger Raptor official reveal is set to take place Tuesday, February 22, at 2:00 AM EST / 7 AM GMT.
Ranger & Ranger Raptor are both coming to the U.S. next year 🇺🇸
— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) February 21, 2022
The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor reveal video can be found just below:
2023 Ford Ranger Raptor: Details
The P703 Ford Ranger Raptor aligns itself with its high-octane brethren, the F-150 Raptor and Bronco Raptor, by following suit with a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine. Along with fierce off-road capabilities, this will be a commonality across all Raptor models. But where the F-150 Raptor utilizes a high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6, the new Ford Ranger Raptor wields a 3.0L EcoBoost V6 shared with the Bronco Raptor; the largest of the Ford “Nano” family of engines. That puts things around 400 horsepower, compared to the 210 hp from the poky bi-turbo diesel found in the previous model.
The P703 Ford Ranger Raptor revealed today reflects the Australian-spec model, which is likely to soon be confirmed for European markets as well. The Ranger Raptor destined for the United States and Canada will get a unique program code: P703N. What will differentiate P703 from P703N isn’t entirely clear at this time, but North America could see different content such as paint colors and infotainment in its product from the global model.
The new Raptor is also expected to be dimensionally similar to the previous-generation model, but is expected to be nevertheless lighter thanks to the introduction of a new vehicle architecture, replacing what’s been on the market in some form for over a decade. Dropping the cast iron diesel for a cast aluminum V6 is also bound to save some weight, as well.
The interior of the Ford Ranger Raptor has been spied with a set of large paddle shifters that will be exclusive to the package in relation to the standard Ranger. This is shaping to be another cornerstone of the Ford Raptor family, as both the F-150 and Bronco Raptor models feature this setup, along with an indicator stripe on the steering wheel.
The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor for the USA and Canadian markets will be built alongside the Ford Bronco family at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. Its price is rumored to start at $52,489 USD, well below the MSRP of the Bronco Raptor. This is likely because it wont’ feature the extreme hardware such as 37-inch tires and various structural reinforcements.