There’s been no shortage of information about the 2019 Ford Ranger. But now, we have the numbers we’ve been waiting for — and they sound promising. The 2.3-liter four-cylinder under the hood of Ford’s new mid-size pickup will have 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers translate to a payload capacity of 1,860 pounds, and provided buyers opt for the towing package, a 7500-pound towing capacity. A ten-speed automatic is the only transmission.
Unlike the Chevy Colorado and the Toyota Tacoma, the Ranger doesn’t have a V6 option. That said, those numbers are still competitive. Here’s how it stacks up against the six-pot versions of those trucks:
* Chevy Colorado: 308 horsepower, 275 lb-feet, 7,000-pound towing capacity, 1,574-pound payload
* Toyota Tacoma: 278 horsepower, 265 lb-feet, 6,700-pound towing capacity, 1,440-pound payload
So yup, it’s a little down on ponies, but the Ranger still manages to outshine both the Chevy and Toyota when it comes to getting the job done, thanks to all its extra torque. Now that we have those answers, the big question is whether Americans will get the opportunity to buy the Ranger Raptor. As we’ve said before, since Ford has confirmed it’s coming to Europe, we think it’s basically a done deal.
We’re not sure when the first 2019 Ford Rangers will arrive at your local AutoNation Ford dealer, but given that 2019 is just around the corner, it shouldn’t be too long. Until then, check out some glamour shots of the Blue Oval’s hotly anticipated mid-size pickup.