Ford has just released some more technical information on its Ranger pickup that will hit the North-American market later this year. And it’s already touting class-leading payload and towing capacities.
The midsize 2019 Ford Ranger will be equipped with a turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine that will develop 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission. That’s more torque than in any of its gas-powered competitors, even with their V6 engines, which include the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, the Honda Ridgeline, the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma.
The Ranger will also boast a maximum payload of 1860 pounds (844 kilograms), which is more than in all its rivals as well. In addition, when equipped with a tow package and a trailer brake controller, it can pull a load up to 7500 pounds (3402 kilograms). Note that these figures apply to the U.S. market: since the 4x2 drivetrain will not be offered on the Ranger in Canada, the maximum capacitiies will be slightly different for in our country. Those numbers haven't been announced yet.
The only pickups in its class that can still flaunt some numbers are Colorado and Canyon powered by their turbo-diesel, 2.8-litre four, which benefit from 369 pound-feet of torque and provide a max towing capacity of 7700 pounds (3493 kilograms).
The 2019 Ford Ranger should be on sale at the end of 2018, or in early 2019. It will offer SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations as well as three trim levels (XL, XLT and Lariat) and an FX4 off-road package. A Ranger Raptor is available in other markets, but hasn’t yet been confirmed for Canada and the United States.