New Ford Ranger could beat rivals with towing capabilities

by Michel Deslauriers . Nov 09 2018
Photos by FordThe 2019 Ford Ranger is set to hit North American markets before the new year. Technical specs suggest the U.S. version of this mid-size pickup will be able to haul as much as 7,500 pounds when combined with a tow package.

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The 2019 Ford Ranger is set to hit North American markets before the new year. Technical specs suggest the U.S. version of this mid-size pickup will be able to haul as much as 7,500 pounds when combined with a tow package.

Ford has just released more technical information on its Ranger pickup, which will hit the North American market later this year.

And it’s already touting class-leading payload and towing capacities.

The mid-size 2019 Ford Ranger will be equipped with a turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine, which 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 V-6 engines, which include the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.

The Ranger will also boast a maximum payload of 1,860 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 7,500 pounds (3,402 kilograms).

Note these figures apply to the U.S. market: since the 4x2 drivetrain will not be offered on the Ranger in Canada, the maximum capacities will be slightly different in our country. Those numbers haven’t been announced yet.

The only pickups in its class which can still flaunt some numbers are the Colorado and Canyon, powered by their turbo-diesel, 2.8-litre four-cylinder, which benefit from 369 pound-feet of torque and provide a max towing capacity of 7,700 pounds (3,493 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 been confirmed for Canada or the United States.

— LC Media