- A TFL reader caught a few prototype cars in Colorado’s high country.
- This Ram Power Wagon and Ford Ranger are not directly certainly related, but changes are apparently coming to both trucks in the coming months.
- If you spot any prototypes in the wild, email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We know that the new Ford Ranger (2024 model year) is coming next year, and this is a visual indication that Ford is testing at high altitude. Not only that, but Ram appears to be doing similar testing with the heavy-duty Power Wagon. Of course, these trucks don’t have much in common other than the fact that they’re both camouflaged, but it’s an opportunity to preview what’s coming from these two automakers.
A quick note: it appears that these two prototypes are not the same for the day. More cars are parked behind the shot above, and we’ll talk about what’s on display there on TFLcar.com.
So what’s up with the Ford Ranger?
To date, the only one official Our impression of the new Ranger was formed after the truck’s Australian debut. This obviously gives a lot more detail on the styling front. However, we always expect some changes in the US market, and this Ranger is no exception. One of the main points of contention is the alleged absence of a SuperCab model. Instead, it looks like we’ll be getting an exclusive four-door SuperCrew, whether you like it or not.
The 2024 Ford Ranger we’re reviewing here, courtesy of Jake E., has a 5-foot bed, as is typical of midsize crew cab configurations. However, a 6-foot-tall bed option may also be available, based on other spy shots circulating online.
On the tech front (not that we can see it here), the 2024 Ford Ranger gets a new cockpit with a digital instrument cluster and a 10.1-inch standard touchscreen. Unfortunately, Ford will almost certainly pair a 10-speed automatic transmission with the likely engine options, though at least this time we’ll get more than one option.
as? In addition to the standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost we’re used to, Ford will introduce a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V-6 for the Raptor. It should have the same power level as its Bronco Raptor platform counterpart at 418 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. Engineers may tune it a little differently for truck applications, but it’s a decent number to speculate around. It’s likely, though not yet certain, that the 2.3L will also see a performance hit.
What about the Power Wagon?
The reason I’m lumping the Ram Power Wagon with the Ranger is because there isn’t much to talk about. At least not if you’re just casually watching this truck. In general, it looks exactly the same as the Ram 2500 Power Wagon we already know, complete with a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. However, two things should be noted here.
First, a detail that is camouflaged: the hood of this truck. Manufacturers often change the look of the truck from year to year, so this is the most likely explanation. There may be a different hood style for the Ram 2500 HD (or Power Wagon specifically). Camouflage is great at hiding the small details of what might change. However, we usually get some clarity months, weeks or even days after people start spotting prototypes in the mountains of Colorado. Hopefully we will have more information soon.
In the same vein, what’s with the tires? This Ram Power Wagon rides on the familiar BFGoodrich KO2s — not the typical Goodyear Wranglers we’re used to seeing on this truck. It could just be part of the tire package, or… maybe some other off-road-focused changes are coming to the Ram Power Wagon or the rest of the HD lineup.
This Power Wagon also has a new style of towing mirrors, indicating that we will see this feature on the updated 2023 lineup. Update: This has been confirmed as of September 1st.
Obviously, nothing has been confirmed yet, but MoparInsiders published some information in this regard. Specifically, the build sheet they received lists the Rebel package for the 2023 Ram 2500. Off-road trucks are hot right now, and this will be another interesting option, though we’ll have to wait and see.
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