Fans of pick-ups will be happy to hear that there are some exciting new vehicles coming out in the next few months. Aside from the new Duramax diesel being brought to the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, Ford is bringing the Ford Ranger, a midsize pickup that will make its return in North America soon.
The original Ford Ranger was sold in 1983 and had a 29-year production run. It was recognized as the best-selling compact truck in the U.S. from 1987 to 2004. Its popularity waned through the years with the demand for bigger trucks like the F-150. Ultimately, the Ranger line was discontinued, and the last model rolled off the assembly line in the U.S. in 2012.
Five years later, Ford announced the return of an all-new Ranger beginning with the 2019 model. The 2019 Ranger will be derived from the Ford T6 midsize truck architecture and use the reference design that was created by Ford of Australia. The North American version of the Ranger will differ slightly from the international variants in that it will be modified to comply with American crash safety standards and also have a much larger payload capacity.
The Ranger will be available in a 4-door SuperCab or a 4-door SuperCrew configuration. As far as trim levels are concerned, the Ranger will be similar to the F-series in that there will be a base XL, mid-range XLT, and a top-of-the-line Lariat.
The new Ford Ranger will have 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet (420 Newton-metres) of torque brought about by its 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. It’s also capable of towing up to 7,500 pounds, and it can carry a maximum payload of 1,860 pounds.
Rick Bolt, chief engineer for the new Ford Ranger likens the truck as “the biggest and most capable backpack for your gear.” He also explained that with 1,860 pounds of maximum payload, the Ranger can haul nearly a ton of gear to enable your next adventure.
Ford proclaims that the Ranger’s payload capacity is best-in-class, as well as its towing and maximum engine torque compared to its gasoline-engine competitors. GM’s pickups like the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon however, also offer diesel power which provides considerably more torque. The 3.6-liter gas-powered Chevrolet Colorado only has a maximum towing capacity of 7,000 pounds but its diesel-powered version is capable of 7,700 pounds of towing capacity.
Regardless, the Ford Ranger will still be competitive in the midsize category even if it’s not superior all the way around. The Colorado and Canyon edge out the Ranger with nearly 40 more hp. The Ranger will have a 10-speed automatic transmission which is a lot more than the 6-speed offerings from General Motors.
The new Ranger is going to be Ford’s first foray into the midsize truck segment for North America. It is predicted that this vehicle category could be a significant one in years to come. Ford does not want to just settle for the midrange market however and is open to the opportunity to develop a top spec Ranger to compete in the higher-end segments and attract more affluent customers.
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