Rule of thumb says there is no replacement for displacement. The 2019 Ford Ranger wants to turn that thinking on its head
The old saying goes there is no replacement for displacement. That’s always been the case when it comes to pulling a load: traditionally, the bigger the engine, the better the tow tug. But is technology is starting to displace displacement? The performance of Ford’s new, high-tech 2.0 Bi-Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine, adapting twin-turbocharged technology to deliver 157kW/500Nm, surpasses Ranger’s carryover 3.2-litre five-cylinder workhorse by 10kW and 30Nm. But how well do those on-paper numbers from the clever little twin-turbo oil burner stack up against the larger, old-school single turbo version when it comes to towing?
The only way to answer that is to line up the pair with a big caravan behind each. We’ve assembled the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT Double Cab in both carryover 3.2-litre five-cylinder and all-new 2.0-litre forms to slug it out with a 2600kg tandem-axle caravan behind them.
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