An information leak has prompted Ford to release the maximum towing and payload numbers for the 2019 Ranger mid-size pickup truck, due on dealer lots soon.
Although we don't have the full list of payload ratings, the 2019 Ford Ranger max payload — likely for the two-wheel-drive extended-cab model — will be 1,860 pounds, meaning the gross vehicle weight rating will likely be around 6,100, the highest of any pickup in the mid-size class.
At the start, the new Ranger will be offered with only one gas engine, with the possibility of a diesel becoming available later. The standard engine will be the 2.3-liter inline-four-cylinder EcoBoost gas engine that is reported to offer 310 pounds-feet of torque, the most torque of any gas engine offered in the mid-size class. (GM's 2.8-liter I-4 diesel found in the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon offers 369 pounds-feet of torque.) The Ranger's 2.3-liter engine will be mated to the new 10-speed transmission now offered in the F-150.
The Ranger also will offer the highest max tow rating (when equipped with the tow package) for any gas-engine small pickup at 7,500 pounds (the Colorado and Canyon have a max tow rating of 7,700 pounds for their diesel engine). That means the Ranger's gross combined weight rating will be in excess of 12,000 pounds, also impressive for the class.
The 2019 Ford Ranger will be produced at the newly refurbished Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne. We'll get our first chance to drive the new pickup in just a few months and will have all the details to you before Christmas.