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Poll: Is The North American Ford Ranger’s Single Powertrain Enough?

The brand-new North American Ford Ranger, unveiled ahead of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, will offer just a single powertrain from launch: a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost, tied to Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. Ford hasn’t disclosed how much power or torque the turbocharged mill will make in this application, but in the refreshed, 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, the mighty 2.3L puts out 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft. Meanwhile, Ford’s 10-speed ought to help ensure that the plucky four-cylinder stays forever in its power band when large quantities of thrust are required.

Yet the choice of just a single powertrain in the North American 2019 Ford Ranger puts the truck at a bit of a disadvantage next to the Chevrolet Colorado / GMC Canyon, both of which offer a choice of three engines and, in certain configurations, a manual transmission. Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost will almost certainly outgun the range-topping, 308-horsepower 3.6L V6 in the GM mid-size pickups, but The General has been careful to offer something for everyone: a V6 for the avid truck user, a (normally-aspirated) inline-four for the budget-conscious, and a diesel option for folks hungry for torque.

Moreover, there’s the issue of perception. It doesn’t really matter how good Ford’s four-cylinder EcoBoost engines get to be; there will still always be those who simply can’t abide a truck engine with fewer than six cylinders, even in a mid-size.

Granted, the Ford Ranger is built for a more lifestyle-oriented sort of buyer than the larger F-150, and there’s every possibility that Ford will introduce an additional engine option or two after launch. Still, we’re curious to hear your thoughts: Is the new, 2019 North American Ford Ranger’s 2.3L EcoBoost I4 and 10-speed automatic transmission enough to make you want to put money down on the stalwart Blue Oval pickup? Take our poll and let us know.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. nauticalone

    The 2.3 has the power yes. Would I consider it w/o a V6 – no! I’d like to see the 2.7T V6.

    1. steve mccormick

      Offer a V/6 Ford.
      It really should not be a problem to have the 2.7 fit in the same engine bay as the 4.

  2. Soakee

    Is the lack of a regular cab enough? Not for me. Is the lack of a manual transmission enough? Not for me.

  3. Gerard

    No. Ford needs to round out the choices with a V6 and a competent Diesel and neither one of them can be some generic “mail-it-in” offering just so they can put it in the brochure and advertising. The V6 should be the one that was offered in the Mustang, and the diesel needs to be a known current Ford offering: not something off some unknown shelf somewhere. Both should also be available in the upcoming Ford Bronco.

  4. Mikeq

    No way in heck: I am not fond of, but will tolerate, a turbo four. I want to see a 2.3L normally aspirated, and an unboosted V6 in the lineup

  5. Kenneth

    No way. I’ve made the mistake of buying a 4 cyl. pickup before, never again and I hate automatic transmissions.

  6. Tom

    I’d like to see how the powerband compares to the Chevy 3.6. I’ve heard the 3.6 is weak at low rpm. Modern tuned turbo 4s claim to have very flat power bands. If it has low end torque and throttle response then I am in! Plus it can probably take advantage of performance parts from 4cyl mustangs.

  7. Materialman

    Since Rangers don’t really exist, when was the last time you actually saw one on a dealers lot, what difference does the the engine make?


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