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Old 01-14-2018, 12:20 PM   #1
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Here's a poorly-edited article from CNN on the new Ford Ranger pickup:

Ford Ranger is back - Jan. 14, 2018
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Old 01-14-2018, 12:41 PM   #2
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Looks and sounds like GM will now have some real competition in the mid size truck market. Now there will be two good choices for those who do not wish to drive a full size truck.
GOOD NEWS !!
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Here's a better write up, and more photos from Car and Driver. Interesting that the only powerplant regardless of trim or drivetrain will be the 2.3L EcoBoost I4. 10 speed transmission too.

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/fo...-for-2019-news
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I think they've lost me as a hard core waiting for new Ranger person. No diesel and the 4 cylinder engine engine leave me cold.

When the time comes I might actually, gasp, consider the F150.

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From those who have them, how well do these eight- and ten-speed transmissions work when towing a trailer? Do they behave differently from the older three- and four-speed transmissions?
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From those who have them, how well do these eight- and ten-speed transmissions work when towing a trailer? Do they behave differently from the older three- and four-speed transmissions?
YES , The 8 speed transmission works differently then the old 3 ,4 , 5 speed transmissions. My 8 speed ZF transmission works well when towing.


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Both myself and my brother in law had new F150 s with the 3.5 ecoboost and 10 speed trans on our trip across country last fall. I like that it had a very fine choice of gears when selecting one so that It was not forced down to low and had to rev the engine higher than need be. I was towing about 4,500 lbs and my brother in law was about 7,000 lbs. He was always one gear below what I was towing at. Even when towing you use the full range. It works good.
I love my eco boost and would not order a truck without it. As for the transmission...it is ok but is no where near the excitement or change the engine made.
I will be seeing what the new Bronco has to offer 5 years down the road.
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From those who have them, how well do these eight- and ten-speed transmissions work when towing a trailer? Do they behave differently from the older three- and four-speed transmissions?
Can't say anything about a 10-speed, but an 8-speed ZF works great if the transmission programming is done well. It will spend most of its time in 7th. 7th and 8th are overdrives.

BTW, I like 6 speeds in cars, but in a GAS truck or SUV it's not enough gears to avoid those lurching shifts when towing. I haven't been particularly pleased with the 6-speed in our 2017 Honda Pilot towing our 17B or with the 6-speed that was in our 2012 F360 6.2 carrying a truck camper. However, the 6-speed in my
Colorado is spot-on and a good match for the diesel power plant.

The 4-speed in my 2003 GMC with a 306hp V8 was terrible. I'm glad those days are over!

I've never driven a 3-speed. I don't think one has been made since the 2002 Toyota Corolla.

Everything is going to 8+ speeds to allow more overdrive gears with the ability to keep RPM's low for fuel efficiency.

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I think they've lost me as a hard core waiting for new Ranger person. No diesel and the 4 cylinder engine engine leave me cold.
I'm guessing 280 hp and 310 ft/lb of torque in the Ranger 2.3 which should be a great match for the vehicle, but I'm sure a lot of people are saying the same thing. Ford will be more than happy to sell you an F150, but if you want mid-sized truck with diesel you will have to go to GM.
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I'm guessing 280 hp and 310 ft/lb of torque in the Ranger 2.3 which should be a great match for the vehicle, but I'm sure a lot of people are saying the same thing.
Others are guessing a bit higher. The Car and Driver folks speculate it'll come in around 300hp and 350 lb/ft of torque.

Engine wise, I think the 2.7L EcoBoost like the one in my F150 would be amazing in the Ranger.
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