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Will the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor actually be a 2023 model? Rumors are swirling that this hardcore off-road midsize truck might end up pushed to the 2024 model year. Certainly, this is disappointing news, but we know everything we need to know about this specialized Ranger. That said, here’s why this truck is worth waiting for, regardless of when it arrives in the U.S. market.

1. The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor brings incredible power to the midsize truck market

Airborne Ford Ranger Raptor showing some serious power and fun
Airborne Ford Ranger Raptor | Ford

Ford brought back the Ranger for 2019 and left us wanting more when they only gave it one powertrain. That powertrain has proven to be an excellent package of power and performance from Ford. Even so, we’ve wanted something more, and the Raptor version gives that to us.

The new Raptor model had a powerplant from Ford Performance. This engine is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine capable of 392 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic, and this truck features front and rear locking differentials and a standard 4WD system with multiple drive modes.

It’s safe to say this new powertrain is more than welcome to hit the market whenever Ford desires.

2. This new Ranger features a Baja mode

Seven driver-selectable modes exist for the new 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor, but the Baja mode is the most exciting. This new model activates a turbo anti-lag feature to ensure maximum performance when you drive this truck in the desert at high speeds. The other driving modes are pretty straightforward, but that Baja mode sets the Raptor apart from other versions of the Ranger midsize truck.

3. The new Ford Ranger Raptor offers a purpose-built design

Sun-Baked Ford Ranger Raptor After a Fun Day on the Desert Trails
Sun-Baked Ford Ranger Raptor | Ford

From the unique grille design with layered protrusions to large fender flares, adding the Raptor name to this midsize pickup truck gives it a true purpose on the trails. The Raptor model sits taller and wider with an impressive set of off-road tires and a specially-tuned suspension.

The Ranger Raptor receives 33-inch BFGoodrich KO2 off-road tires wrapped around 17-inch Beadlock-capable wheels. Doesn’t this sound like a feature that’s worth waiting for?

4. The off-road suspension is ideal for your fun in this hardcore midsize truck

The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor uses a specially-tuned Ford Performance suspension with FOX shocks made for off-road performance. The suspension features semi-active dampers and the FOX live valve integrated controllers on all four shocks.

5. The Bronco Raptor influence found in the Ranger

Red Ford Ranger Raptor Playing in a big sandbox
Ford Ranger Raptor | Ford

If you’ve admired the interior design of the integrated all-digital gauge cluster from the Bronco Raptor, this feature is part of the new top-end Ranger as well. This screen allows drivers to select various views, including the Performance View with readings necessary when driving this truck at high speeds.

Some of the interior items from the overseas version of the Ranger Raptor could appear, including aluminum paddle shifters and a 12 o’clock marker in the steering wheel.

The new Ford Ranger Raptor might show up as part of the 2023 model year shortly after the calendar turns, or it could be delayed until the natural 2024 model year release. Either way, this is a hardcore off-road midsize truck that’s worth waiting for.

Next, check out the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor, or watch this Ford Ranger Raptor video below:


Ford Gives the 2023 Ranger Midsize Truck an F-150 Edge