Chevrolet has had a relatively easy go in the mid-size truck segment since it re-introduced the Colorado in 2014. Since then, the Toyota Tacoma has been its only real worry. That changes this year. At the 2018 North American International Auto Show, Ford finally revealed the 2019 Ranger pickup.
The 2019 Ranger will arrive with one powertrain: a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. 2WD and 4WD will be offered, with the latter boasting a shift-on-the-fly transfer case with RWD, 4-High, and 4-Low settings. An electronically-locking rear differential will be a standalone option, but standard on FX2 and FX4 models. Dana Trac-Lock differentials handle power distribution in both 2WD and 4WD models.
Off the bat, the Colorado has the Ranger outgunned in powertrains. Chevy’s mid-size truck offers a four-cylinder engine, V6 and a four-cylinder Duramax diesel engine at current. And, ahead of the Ranger’s launch in late 2018, we expect a refresh of both the Colorado and Canyon. Additional equipment could further counter the Ranger’s impending arrival.
Surely, the Ranger will find a host of buyers, but Ford still has some catching up to match the Colorado tit for tat.