2024 Ford Ranger MS-RT

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  • Ford Ranger MS-RT is the ultimate street truck, with unmatched on-road presence delivered by muscular bodywork, lowered suspension, and 21-inch alloy wheels

DUNTON, UK, Feb. 13, 2024 – Ford Pro has today announced a new Ranger MS-RT.

The new Ranger has been designed and engineered in a close collaboration between Ford’s global team and the specialists at MS-RT – an offshoot of Ford’s rally partner M-Sport – to deliver a unique combination of dramatic motorsport-inspired looks, enhanced driving experience and outstanding load carrying capability.

Derived from the latest-generation Ranger platform, the MS-RT model combines bold visual appeal with engineering upgrades. The 3.0-litre V6 diesel-powered Ranger MS-RT 2 uses a unique suspension and wheel set-up to enhance its on-road capability and make it the “ultimate street truck”.

Customers can order the Ranger MS-RT from Ford Pro dealers now, with customer deliveries commencing in mid-2024.

Ford Ranger MS-RT

The Ford Ranger MS-RT is designed to be the ultimate street truck, with muscular motorsport-inspired styling. The premium pickup is powered by Ford’s powerful 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine delivering 240 PS and 600 Nm, 8 uses a 10-speed automatic transmission and boasts the new e4WD full-time four-wheel drive system as found in other models in the latest Ranger line-up. Ranger MS-RT also maintains the same exceptional 1-tonne load-carrying ability 6 and 3,500 kg of towing capacity of all-new Ranger. 9

Visually, the Ranger MS-RT front fascia – inspired by extreme Ranger racing trucks that compete in Asia – delivers an assertive front end with honeycomb grille and integrated splitter.

The overall stance of the vehicle is lowered by the sculpted side skirts and at the rear is a distinctive bumper with an integrated diffuser. The rear tailgate comes with MS-RT graphics and an exclusive ducktail spoiler, which is complemented by a cab spoiler. This unique combination of spoilers was optimised using computer simulations to assist with overall aerodynamic balance and to enhance high-speed stability.

Exclusive diamond cut 21-inch wheels use low‑profile 275/45 R21 tyres and are the largest wheels ever to be offered on a Ford Ranger. They sit within flared wheel arches that extend the overall width of the vehicle by 82 mm both front and rear; track width is increased by 40 mm each side for enhanced grip and stability.

The unique suspension 10 was optimized to get to the ideal level of handling and comfort with the final configuration featuring new, firmer dampers at the front, a retuned rear suspension set-up and an overall 40 mm height reduction. This gives the Ranger MS-RT a more sporting stance and also provides greater handling precision and stability through corners.

“If Ranger Raptor is the ultimate off-road truck, then the Ranger MS-RT is the ultimate street truck,” Schep said. “It’s a departure from what we usually see in this segment in Europe, but with more car-like driving dynamics and the towing and carrying capacity unchanged, we believe it will offer a compelling new option for pickup customers.”

The distinctive double-cab interior features unique new seating with more supportive bolsters and seat backs on the front seats to provide a sportier look and feel to the vehicle while increasing comfort. Non-animal Eco-Leather and suede with distinctive MS-RT pattern and blue stitching feature on both front and rear seats, with MS-RT badges on the front and an additional badge on the dashboard. Drivers also benefit from a heated, sculpted sports steering wheel with blue 12 o’clock marker and MS-RT branded inlay.

From launch the Ranger MS-RT will be available in a range of colors, including Conquer Grey, with Agate Black painted mirror caps and door handles on all. Standard equipment includes a 12-inch touchscreen with SYNC 4A, 11 dual zone electronic automatic temperature control, front and rear parking aid, 7 rear view camera, 7 Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control 7 and Intelligent Speed Limiter. 7

MS-RT New Generation

MS-RT, which stands for M-Sport Road Technology, grew out of a partnership between its founder Edward Davies and M-Sport in 2015. M-Sport has a long history partnering with Ford to engineer and build its rally cars, including the current Ford Puma Rally1, and also prepares cars for Global Rallycross and GT3 racing.

The MS-RT team of vehicle specialists takes the DNA of M-Sport’s motorsports programs and uses that to produce modified road vehicles with a unique sporting character. The company has previously developed modified versions of Ford Pro’s earlier generation of Transit Custom, Transit Connect and Ranger models, and the new partnership builds on this heritage.

The Transit Custom MS-RT and Ranger MS-RT will be offered through Ford Pro dealers across Europe. The new models will undergo final assembly and finishing at a dedicated new facility located on the Ford Dagenham Estate in the UK. Situated close to the base of the Ford Pro engineering team at the Ford Dunton Campus, the state-of-the-art facility includes a design and engineering studio, semi-automated paint facility and dual assembly lines, with a dedicated customer service team on-site.

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Horsepower and torque ratings tested to ECE R85-00

Officially homologated driving range, fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions figures will be published closer to on-sale date. In accordance with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). Published range (intended target value according to WLTP) can be achieved with a fully charged battery – depending on the existing series and battery configuration. The actual range may vary due to various factors (e.g. weather conditions, driving style, route profile, vehicle condition, age and condition of the lithium-ion battery). The declared WLTP fuel/energy consumptions, CO2-Emissions and electric range are determined according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EU) 2017/1151 as last amended. The applied standard test procedures enable comparison between different vehicle types and different manufacturers.

Eligible vehicles receive a complimentary 1-year trial that begins on the New Vehicle Warranty start date. Requires modem activation. Terms and conditions apply. Telematics service and features depend on compatible network availability. Evolving technology/cellular networks/vehicle capability may limit functionality and prevent operation of connected features. Annual service contract is required for E-Telematics service after trial.

FordPass Pro App, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply.

Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and weight distribution.

6 Max payload varies and is based on accessories and vehicle configuration. See label on doorjamb for carrying capacity of a specific vehicle. Always properly secure cargo.

Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle. It does not replace safe driving. See Owner’s Manual for details and limitations.

Horsepower and torque are independent attributes and may not be achieved simultaneously.

When properly equipped. Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers.

10 Expected availabilities from September 2024.

11 Don’t drive while distracted or while using handheld devices. Use voice-operated systems when possible. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones.


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