Power Ranger: Ford Releases Specs for New Midsize Pickup

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
power ranger ford releases specs for new midsize pickup

As the 2019 Ranger creeps closer to dealer lots, Ford has pulled back the curtain on the one remaining mystery surrounding the reborn midsize pickup: what to expect from its turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder.

It’s the only engine available to Ranger buyers, and it’s mated solely to a 10-speed automatic. That’s five more speeds than one could get in the departing 2012 Ranger. Using the previous-gen model as a comparison, the four-cylinder 2019 Ranger makes nearly double the horsepower from the same displacement, and more than doubles the torque rating of its predecessor.

For this application, Ford didn’t endow the engine with quite the same output as the one found in the Mustang EcoBoost. The Ranger’s 2.3-liter makes 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, which is a considerable leg up even from the previous-gen Ranger’s 4.0-liter V6. That mill made 207 hp and 238 lb-ft.

Going back 20 years, the 5.4-liter V8 found in the F-150 cranked out 220 hp and 290 lb-ft. Even the top-flight 5.4-liter V8 fell 10 hp short of the 2019 Ranger’s engine, though it bests the EcoBoost by 35 lb-ft. Direct injection and turbocharging truly works wonders.

The Blue Oval claims a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds when equipped with the optional tow package and trailer brake controller. Compared to the domestic competition, that’s 500 pounds more than a Chevrolet Colorado with the 3.6-liter V6, and 200 lbs less than a Duramax diesel model. Those two engines make 275 lb-ft and 369 lb-ft, respectively. A Toyota Tacoma V6 puts out 265 lb-ft.

Maximum payload for the Ranger is 1,860 pounds, which also tops offerings from GM and Toyota.

There’s still no word on what mill might power the off-road Ranger Raptor when it inevitably appears, but Ford still hasn’t officially announced the model for the American market. Maybe the Mustang EcoBoost’s 310 hp and 350 lb-ft could set up shop under the Ranger’s hood.

If the 2019 Ranger’s power sounds appealing, you’d best decide whether its price leaves you feeling just as good. Read about that here. Production kicks off later this year, with the Ranger making its way to dealers early next year.

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  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Oct 06, 2018

    The new Ranger will have the potential to rein in not only GM's C twins, but the Tacoma. The Ranger in Australia has nearly equaled the Hilux. The Hilux is only in front due to fleet sales. Notice I stated "potential". The US Ranger needs a 2.5 gas and a small diesel along with single cabs. Single cabs will sell, especially with a long bed or tray back and a 2.5 base model.

    • Silverfin Silverfin on Oct 06, 2018

      Thanks for the insight Big Al from Oz. I lived in Bundy (on our sailboat) for several years and know from experience for a Ford to come close to the Toyota Hilux in sales and reputation is a huge accomplishment for Ford. YouTube videos also are positive though Ford customer care is disparaged...hopefully the US Ford dealers are better (or the truck is so well made and reliable I will never find out)...Can't wait for first owner reviews to start appearing in January...it did not take long to discover that the new Jeep Wrangler had some MAJOR flaws (steering box is crap and engine failures)that bring into question the rest of the vehicles durability and engineering. You wouldn't know because no Australian would give up the proven Hilux for a poser Jeep in the outback.

  • AK AK on Oct 07, 2018

    I’d rather have a Ranger with the 3.3 v6 from the F150. I recently drove one of those and it was surprisingly nice. Smooth and responsive.

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