Spied: 2024 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Long Bed – Should They Build It or Not?

Look at the longer wheelbase!

2024 ford ranger crew cab long bed prototype
image by: Kristopher S.

Take a look at this 2024 Ford Ranger prototype that a TFL viewer (Kristopher S.) spied near El Reno, Oklahoma. This appears to be the next-generation Ranger crew cab with a long bed. Such a prototype was first seen many months ago, but now it resurfaces. Should Ford build and sell a crew cab long-bed midsize truck? Let’s take a closer look.

Many people say that a crew cab long-bed midsize pickup truck does not make sense in the United States. If you really need a bigger truck – simply buy a full-size pickup. However, there are also many people who disagree.

Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier currently offer a crew cab with a longer (6-foot) bed option.

The current Ford Ranger, Jeep Gladiator, and the all-new Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon crew cabs can only be had with a shorter 5-foot bed (or 5’2” in the case of the GM twins). In fact, when I brought up the question of a crew cab long-bed version of the new Colorado at a recent event – many journalists simply laughed at me by saying “Nobody would buy it.”

I think there is still a need for a narrower midsize pickup truck with a slightly longer bed that can be used for work or for camping and other recreation.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.