You wouldn’t want to get stuck behind this convoy.
Ford recently revealed the refreshed 2019 Ranger pickup for Europe, which is getting a new 2.0-liter diesel available with up to 210 hp paired with a new 10-speed automatic gearbox. The US model, on the other hand, will be available with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo gasoline unit that delivers 270 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. Ahead of its market launch in Europe, the Blue Oval automaker has released a new commercial that effectively demonstrates the Ranger’s impressive towing power.
Ford wants you to know the Ranger can "tow whatever the hell you want.” To demonstrate this, the commercial shows the mid-size pickup towing a 44,092-pound, 328-feet convoy of 15 caravans on a public road close to the Millbrook Proving Ground in the UK without breaking a sweat. It took a month to prepare the stunt, and the caravans had to be reinforced with steel frames and equipped with tow bars front and back.
"This was the slowest stunt I’ve ever done – but also one of the hardest,” explained precision driver Paul Swift who drove the Ranger in the video. "Trying to keep the caravans on the straight and narrow while the car drove past was a tough challenge, and one that really demonstrates the Ranger’s capabilities.”
The vehicle used in the stunt is powered by the range-topping 2.0-liter EcoBlue twin-turbo diesel with 210 horsepower on tap, while the range of caravans includes a 1950s Airstream, some hippy-themed caravans, and "a caravan especially for dog lovers – complete with paw prints.”
The 2019 Ranger will go on sale in Europe in the second half of this year, with prices to be revealed closer to the sale date. After an eight-year hiatus, the Ranger recently arrived in US showrooms with a starting price of $24,300. It still remains to be seen if the hardcore Ranger Raptor will be sold Stateside, however.