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We just got our first look at a prototype for the 2023 Ranger Raptor wearing its production body, and running with a 2022-2023 Bronco Warthog!

The Ranger’s flared, brawnier body and Raptor-spec “FORD” grille treatment are on clear display, only partially obscured by the camouflage. Raptor-style wheels, and the usual BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires are also in place—mere days after the announcement that the South African version of the Ranger Raptor was moving from the BFGs to General Grabber AT3 rubber.

The Ranger Raptor prototype is fitted with wide-set dual exhaust, carefully tucked under the bumper for maximum ground clearance, suggesting that V6 power is on tap for the 2023 iteration of the midsize baja truck. The Ranger Raptor’s was joined by a Bronco Warthog prototype, and the two had nearly identical engine and exhaust notes, locking in the notion that these two off-road offerings will be very closely related, mechanically.

The Ranger Raptor’s rear suspension has some camouflage, almost certainly hiding the Live-Valve shocks that have also been photographed on the Bronco Warthog.

This prototype was right-hand-drive, but there’s no doubt that what’s on display here has major ties to what will be offered on the next-generation Ranger in American showrooms.

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Hmmm.... The twin marmon rings on the exhaust would imply a V engine vehilce. Maybe 2.7 V6????
 

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It's going to be coil spring rear like the Euro-spec trucks. If you look at photos 14-17, you'll notice some beefy control arms that gives it away.
Hi SG,

What I see is a lower trailing arm and a above the axle quarter elliptical leaf spring... We had entertained this configuration for the P273 performance package but discarded it.... Wonder if it came back to life or I am just seeing things.

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Hi SG,

What I see is a lower trailing arm and a above the axle quarter elliptical leaf spring... We had entertained this configuration for the P273 performance package but discarded it.... Wonder if it came back to life or I am just seeing things.

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Regards to you too, Phil. If I'm seeing the same thing that you are, then I'm guessing that that's probably not a leaf spring. It's likely what is holding together that weird bristle-like camouflage that's covering up the suspension.

-SG
 

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Hope they put the step in the rear bumper, what are the two humps at the the rear of the cab?
 

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The Ranger’s flared, brawnier body and Raptor-spec “FORD” grille treatment are on clear display, only partially obscured by the camouflage
Raptor = Awesome! I'm not seeing a difference in body over the stock Ranger. Looks the same to me?
Hmmm.... The twin marmon rings on the exhaust would imply a V engine vehilce. Maybe 2.7 V6????
Didn't notice the twin exhaust at first. Definitely not a 2.3l.
What I see is a lower trailing arm and a above the axle quarter elliptical leaf spring... We had entertained this configuration for the P273 performance package but discarded it.... Wonder if it came back to life or I am just seeing things.
I don't see any signs of a leaf spring either. I'm going to bet it will have pretty much the same suspension as the Bronco
 

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Those are some beefy tow hooks out back. No hooks up front though. I know it's a prototype and there'll be front ones on production units, but I just find it interesting that the back ones are on but not the front.

On another note, the Bronco only has one exhaust tip, but Ranger shows 2. My money is on the Raptor and Warthog having the same engine (& suspension). I'm also willing to bet that there will be only one engine option for each model, so I'm curious as to why the 1 vs 2 exhaust.

I'm pretty stoked that we are finally getting some Ranger & Raptor leaks.

I just hope that the new trucks have the options upgraded to match other vehicle segments.
Please, please, please Ford. Don't downgrade the options. :please: Don't punish the mid-size truck market like has been done so far. We're people too. :frown:
 

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Does the current Ranger Raptor have a lower towing/payload capacity vs. the standard Ranger? I would love to get a Raptor, but I'm torn if the towing capacity is greatly reduced.
 

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Also, will the Ranger Raptor have "4A" and not just 4H and 4L???
 

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Also, will the Ranger Raptor have "4A" and not just 4H and 4L???
I'd like to hope that every 6G Ranger will have the 4A option. It's certainly become a more widespread option lately, with both the F-150 and Bronco at least offering it on various trim levels. And I would use it so often, certainly for at least the 6-7 months of winter I see. Frankly, it's the one thing I really wish I had in my current 5G Ranger.
 

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I just hope that the new trucks have the options upgraded to match other vehicle segments.
Please, please, please Ford. Don't downgrade the options. :please: Don't punish the mid-size truck market like has been done so far. We're people too. :frown:
I would like to add to that that I hope Ford doesn't force a lot of these higher end options onto us. Offer them, yes. But don't force them. I know I'm going to be disappointed by this, I often am. But a guy can dream.

Heck the more I drive my XLT 5G, the more I realize I would've been perfectly happy with an XL and some aftermarket add-ons like heated seats and skid plates.
 
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