Ford says new midsize Ranger to have best-in-class towing, payload

(October 7, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich. — It’s almost here. As the 2019 Built Ford Tough Ranger nears production, Ford announces its all-new midsize pickup for North America will deliver best-in-class payload, gas torque and towing capability. Anchored by a high-strength steel frame and solid rear axle with Hotchkiss suspension, the Ranger can conventionally tow more than any gas engine truck in its class — 7,500 pounds when equipped with the tow package and a trailer brake controller.

“Think of Ranger as the biggest and most capable backpack for your gear,” says Rick Bolt, Ford Ranger chief engineer. “With 1,860 pounds of maximum payload, Ranger can haul nearly a ton of gear to enable your next adventure.”

The 2019 Ford Ranger’s standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost produces 270 horsepower and, more importantly, 310 lb.-ft. of torque — the most engine-turning power of any gas engine in the midsize pickup segment, including V6 engines from competitors.

Ford says, "Paired with a class-exclusive 10-speed transmission, Ranger features a unique combination of power and capability that only comes from a truck that’s Built Ford Tough."

Production begins later this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich.