4 Wheel & Off Road - - DRIVELINES -

As Ford nears the start of pro­duc­tion of the 2019 Ranger for North Amer­ica, it is re­leas­ing some power out­put and ca­pa­bil­ity num­bers for the new mid­size truck. The Ranger’s stan­dard 2.3L, four-cylin­der EcoBoost en­gine will make power to ri­val a

V-6, pro­duc­ing 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. By com­par­i­son, the

3.6L V-6 in the Chevy Colorado puts out 308 hp and 275 lb-ft, and the 3.5L V-6 in the Toy­ota Ta­coma makes 278 hp and 265 lb-ft.

The EcoBoost helps give the Ranger a max­i­mum pay­load ca­pac­ity of 1,860 pounds and a max tow ca­pac­ity of 7,500 pounds when the truck is equipped with the tow pack­age and a trailer brake con­troller. The Colorado’s pay­load maxes out at 1,566 pounds, tow­ing at 7,700—and that’s with the diesel. The max tow ca­pac­ity for the gas V-6 is 7,000 pounds. The Ta­coma’s max pay­load rat­ing is 1,620 pounds, max tow ca­pac­ity 6,800 pounds. (Note that these are all 4x2 num­bers; Ford has not yet re­leased pay­load and tow­ing fig­ures for 4x4 mod­els.)

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