Because the 2019 Ranger creeps nearer to vendor tons, Ford has pulled again the curtain on the one remaining thriller surrounding the reborn midsize pickup: what to anticipate from its turbocharged 2.three-liter 4-cylinder.
It’s the one engine obtainable to Ranger consumers, and it’s mated solely to a ten-velocity automated. That’s 5 extra speeds than one might get within the departing 2012 Ranger. Utilizing the earlier-gen mannequin as a comparability, the 4-cylinder 2019 Ranger makes almost double the horsepower from the identical displacement, and greater than doubles the torque score of its predecessor.
For this software, Ford didn’t endow the engine with fairly the identical output because the one discovered within the Mustang EcoBoost. The Ranger’s 2.three-liter makes 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, which is a substantial leg up even from the earlier-gen Ranger’s four.zero-liter V6. That mill made 207 hp and 238 lb-ft.
Going again 20 years, the 5.four-liter V8 discovered within the F-one hundred fifty cranked out 220 hp and 290 lb-ft. Even the highest-flight 5.four-liter V8 fell 10 hp in need of the 2019 Ranger’s engine, although it bests the EcoBoost by 35 lb-ft. Direct injection and turbocharging really works wonders.
The Blue Oval claims a towing capability of seven,500 kilos when outfitted with the elective tow package deal and trailer brake controller. In comparison with the home competitors, that’s 500 kilos greater than a Chevrolet Colorado with the three.6-liter V6, and 200 lbs lower than a Duramax diesel mannequin. These two engines make 275 lb-ft and 369 lb-ft, respectively. A Toyota Tacoma V6 places out 265 lb-ft.
Most payload for the Ranger is 1,860 kilos, which additionally tops choices from GM and Toyota.
There’s nonetheless no phrase on what mill may energy the off-street Ranger Raptor when it inevitably seems, however Ford nonetheless hasn’t formally introduced the mannequin for the American market. Perhaps the Mustang EcoBoost’s 310 hp and 350 lb-ft might arrange shop underneath the Ranger’s hood.
If the 2019 Ranger’s energy sounds interesting, you’d best determine whether or not its price leaves you feeling simply nearly as good. Examine that right here. Manufacturing kicks off later this yr, with the Ranger making its option to sellers early subsequent yr.
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