The 2024 model year is a big one for midsize pickups. The Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma are completely redesigned, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are getting extreme off-road models, and the Jeep Gladiator benefits from several technological updates.
Now on sale in Canada, the next-generation 2024 Ford Ranger looks like a major threat in the segment. Here are five things you need to know about it…
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1. More Rugged
Ford engineers have made it the toughest and most capable Ranger ever created. The upgraded chassis and suspension were tested with the equivalent of nearly 8 million km prior to launch, while the wheelbase is 50 mm longer and the track is 50 mm wider. Ground clearance is increased along with the truck’s approach and departure angles.
Cargo bed volume has been expanded in the process, so customers will be able to load flat plywood sheets or a full-size pallet. Maximum payload is now rated at 1,711 lbs.
2. Four or Six Cylinders
When it comes to performance, the proven 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine returns as the standard engine, developing 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. of torque. However, the 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 found in the F-150 and Bronco will be available starting in early 2024 (as an option in Lariat trim), increasing output and torque to 315 horsepower and 400 lb-ft., respectively.
All Rangers come with a 10-speed automatic transmission and an available electronic shift-on-the-fly 4x4 system. Towing capacity remains unchanged at 7,500 lbs.
3. More Technology
While the cabin of the new Ranger provides extra storage and boasts upgraded materials along with improved fit and finish, many will focus primarily on the new 8- or 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster (depending on the model) and the 10.1- or 12-inch infotainment touchscreen. The latter is powered by SYNC 4A, which can receive over-the-air updates. A wireless smartphone charger and 360-degree camera system are available, as well.
A new, short-throw E-shifter in Lariat trim enables the Ranger to offer driver assistance features such as Active Park Assist 2.0, Pro Trailer Backup Assist and Trailer Reverse Guidance, which uses cameras to show angles and monitor conditions surrounding the truck, and provides real-time coaching on how to manoeuvre the trailer.
4. First-Ever Ranger Raptor
Ford has brought the fearsome Ranger Raptor to North America for the first time, giving serious off-road enthusiasts a truck they should definitely like. The beefier, more aggressive looks are supported by aggressive 33-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain KO3 tires and extra underbody protection including a 2.3mm-thick high-strength steel front bash plate that’s almost double the size of the standard Ranger bash plate.
The chassis is unique to the Raptor, as well, with specific frames, mounts and reinforcements at key locations to handle punishing off-road conditions. The suspension is completely redesigned, featuring all-new, lightweight aluminum upper and lower control arms while offering longer travel.
And then there’s the engine, namely a twin-turbo 3.0-litre EcoBoost V6 that produces 405 horsepower and 430 lb-ft. of torque (premium gas required) in exchange for reduced towing capacity (5,500 lbs). Four different modes for the active exhaust system (Baja, Sport, Normal and Quiet) add to a selection of seven drive modes including Normal, Tow/Haul, Sport, Slippery, Off-Road, Rock Crawl and Baja. What’s more, the Ranger Raptor comes with Trail Control, which is like cruise control for off-roading at speeds less than 32 km/h.
5. More Expensive, Unsurprisingly
Built at Wayne Assembly in Michigan, the 2024 Ford Ranger comes in four trim levels, with a base price that’s nearly $3,000 above its predecessor:
- XL – $43,450
- XLT – $47,700
- Lariat – $55,900
- Raptor – $80,000
All the prices listed here include $2,195 freight and PDI. And once again, multiple options and packages (Sport, STX, Chrome, FX4, Towing, etc.) can be added to the truck for a sleeker look or increased capability.