2019 Ranger Has Best-In-Class Torque, Towing – But There's A Catch

9 October 2018 - motor1

2019 Ranger Has Best-In-Class Torque, Towing – But There's A Catch

The ranking only applies to gasoline-powered midsize truck competitors.

It's a good day for curious pickup truck fans in North America. We just reported on alleged leaked information for GM's new Duramax diesel in the half-ton Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Now, Ford is giving us official specs for the all-new midsize Ranger, and they aren't too shabby overall.

Specifically, Ford lists the Ranger as having 270 horsepower (201 kilowatts) and 310 pound-feet (420 Newton-meters) of torque from its 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. It's also rated to tow 7,500 pounds, and it can carry a maximum payload of 1,860 pounds.

"Think of Ranger as the biggest and most capable backpack for your gear," said Rick Bolt, chief engineer for the new Ford Ranger. "With 1,860 pounds of maximum payload, Ranger can haul nearly a ton of gear to enable your next adventure."

To that end, Ford  says the Ranger's payload capacity is best-in-class, as well as its towing and maximum engine torque. That is, best-in-class for gasoline-engined competitors when it comes to towing and torque. GM's midsize twins – the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon – both offer diesel power with considerably more torque. Furthermore, a quick look at Chevrolet's consumer website actually lists the 3.6-liter gas-powered Colorado with a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds. After contacting Chevrolet, however, that number is an error – it only applies to the diesel-powered Colorado. The gasoline version checks in with a 7,000-pound towing capacity, which the Ranger clearly beats. Still, it would seem there's a fair amount of cherry picking going on at the Blue Oval to find some stats where the new Ranger comes out on top.

In any case, the Ranger appears to be competitive in the midsize category even if it's not top-dog all the way around. The Colorado and Canyon offer nearly 40 more hp, but the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier are within a 10-hp spread. One thing we aren't told yet is fuel economy, but here's a quick powertrain comparison chart between the Ranger's main competitors for easy reference.

The new Ranger is Ford's first entry into the midsize truck segment for North America, and it could be a critical category in the years to come. Checking into the field with mostly average stats might be a problem if the Blue Oval hopes to attract buyers from established competitors. In some ways, it almost feels like Ford is leaving room for a higher-level Ranger to take a fresh place in the market. Can you say Ranger Raptor? Yeah, we can too.

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