In order to compete in what has become one of the most competitive markets in the automotive industry, Ford needed to make sure the resurgence of the Ranger would bring us a truck that can do everything needed. The new Ford Ranger will be a midsize truck that certainly flexes its muscles and allows you to have the power and capacity you’re looking for when it’s time to take a drive. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the Ranger stacks up against some of the other leaders in this class.
The New Ford Ranger Numbers
The 2019 version of the Ford Ranger will be powered by a 2.3-liter Eco-Boost four-cylinder engine that makes 270 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine will be attached to a ten-speed automatic transmission and be offered in both RWD and 4WD. This truck will give you 7,500 pounds of towing capacity and a payload rating of 1,860 pounds. In the midsize truck segment, these are excellent numbers and make it possible for you to have what you want when it’s time to take a drive and put your truck to work.
Standing Up to the Competition
When compared to the GM pair, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, which both make use of a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 308 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque for their base engine. This means the Ranger will be less powerful but offer more torque from the turbocharged four-cylinder power plant that’s found under the hood. The Ranger does offer more power and torque than the Nissan Frontier which makes use of a 4.0-liter V6 engine for the drive which only offers 261 horsepower and 281 lb.-ft. of torque.
The Ford Ranger is an Impressive Towing Machine
Even though the new Ford Ranger is only being offered with a four-cylinder engine under the hood, it does stand up well against other trucks in the class when it comes to towing. If you want to compete with one of the GM models, you will have to choose the diesel engine which is a 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 181 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Even with this torque rating, the towing capacity of the Colorado and Canyon only reaches 7,600 pounds, which is only 100 pounds more than the base level of the Ford Ranger.
Get Ready for the Ranger
The new Ford Ranger will arrive in the early part of 2019 and it will enter production at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI later this year. While we can expect the Ranger to eventually be offered with more than one powertrain for the drive, this base version is certainly coming out of the gates swinging hard and ready to fight against the rest of the midsize trucks on the market. If you’re excited about the new Ranger, it will arrive soon and it’s ready to bring you the truck capability you want and the drive you’ve been looking for.
Looking for something slightly different? Opt for the Ford EcoSport.
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