Australian and South African towing specs show it'll be a pretty impressive carrier.
The all-new generation of the Ford Ranger is shaping up to be the most impressive example thanks to a catalog of exciting and capable engines. The US specification is yet to be detailed by the manufacturer but in the meantime, we have some key capability figures as detailed by the company's Australian and South African divisions.
As we already know, the Ranger will be available with three different engines including a single- and twin-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a flagship twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel mill, not to be confused with the gasoline engine destined for the Raptor variant. Internationally, the smaller mills can be had with 4x2 or 4x4 drive systems while the V6 will only employ four-wheel drive.
Looking at Australia's figures, the turbodiesel V6 double-cab 4x4 variant will feature the lowest payload capability at 2,160 pounds. The 4x4 twin-turbo 2.0-liter Wildtrack and Sport best this with a 2,172-lb and 2,178-lb figure respectively. The most capable model of the range is set to be the 4x4 XLT crew cab powered by the V6 with a payload figure of 2,537 pounds.
The South African division doesn't give an exact breakdown of payload capabilities but it does say that it will range from around 2,039 lbs to 2,627 lbs. In the towing department, Ford Australia only details figures for braked capacities which is locked in at about 7,717 lbs for all models apart from the Raptor which will only be rated to carry a 5,512-lb trailer. Its payload has also been capped at 1,660 lbs due to its higher weight figure.
It's difficult to compare these figures to those of the current US-spec Ranger as it is only offered with the 2.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline mill. With this, it features a payload range starting from 1,430 lbs for the Tremor SuperCrew 4x4 and ending off with the SuperCab 4x2 at 1,860 lbs. All models sport a maximum tow rating of 7,500 lbs, so our version of the new Ranger will at least match or better those figures.
Towing on the new model is expected to be more of a lighter task with the introduction of Ford's haul mode, but we may yet get some additional features not sold in Australia and South Africa. All will be revealed next year.