2013 Ford Ranger Boosts Tow Rating To 3.5 Tonnes

Malcolm Flynn | Dec 14, 2012

Ford has lifted its Ranger pickup's maximum braked towing capacity to 3500kg, now matching the segment-leading 2.8 litre Holden Colorado models.

Previously rated at 3350kg, the new figure applies to all Ranger 4x2 Hi-Rider and 4x4 models.

Significantly, the Ford’s rating covers models using both 2.2 litre and 3.2 litre turbodiesel drivetrains, while Colorado’s smaller 2.5 litre turbodiesel models are rated at 3000kg.

The Ranger’s Gross Combination Mass (GCM) has also been boosted by 50kg, with this total figure being model-specific.

Speaking with TMR today, Ford Australia's Neil McDonald said that the new rating is thanks to changes to the welding pattern and welding points on the chassis.

Other segment rival maximum ratings include Mazda BT-50 (3350kg), Isuzu D-Max, Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Triton, Volkswagen Amarok all with maximum 3000kg ratings, and Toyota HiLux (2500kg).

The Ranger’s previous 3350kg rating compared well with all but the 2.8 litre Colorado. (Ford clearly wanted to add an ‘equal-best towing’ boast to the Ranger’s already impressive credentials.)

“We wanted to give customers an even tougher truck that they can truly rely on for some of their more demanding towing needs”, Ford Australia’s David Katic said.

The Ranger’s 3500kg rating applies to all models produced after November 1 this year, and only those fitted with a genuine Ford tow pack and towball.

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  • MK says,
    1 year ago
    Where were images 3 and 4 taken?
  • Doctor says,
    1 year ago
    2 likes
    But the capacity will still be less than 3,000 kg at GVM, so unless you want to tow with little or no payload its a con. Colorado's capacity is 2,900 kg at GVM, another con.
    • OutbackOZ
      OutbackOZ says,
      1 year ago
      1 like
      On an XLT D/C P/U. including the extra 50kg as stated for GCM will then make it 6000kg. Kerb weigh of 2159kg and towing of 3500kg's givs u all of 341kg to carry in the car (i think thats how it works)
      • Doctor says,
        1 year ago
        2 likes
        And that's why its a con. 341 kg is nowhere near a tonne.
      • wazza70yrs says,
        1 year ago
        wazza, Outback oz would the majority of 341kg payload be used up by the tow ball down load? and you drive it by remote control, just a thought
      • Mr Shane says,
        1 year ago
        Absolutely !

        Have you concidered a Transit or Hino ?
  • amlohac says,
    1 year ago
    FYI the BT50 has had the increase in towing capcity also.
    • wagabil says,
      1 year ago
      2 likes
      what happened to the old towing rule book ,seems its out the door , no more than vehicle weight, sure they can tow it but how safe is it..
  • Bruce Patrick says,
    1 year ago
    1 like
    Hi I order a wild track will it have the upgrade on the 3.5 towing pack. Still waiting:
    • fyi says,
      1 year ago
      I believe all Rangers built after November 2012 will be 3.5t. And as there are long waits on the wildtrack its mostlikly not even built yet!
  • Les Davey says,
    5 months ago
    Does the new 3.5 ton ranger have a dual mass clutch if so will it have any trouble towing a caravan
  • chris litsch says,
    3 months ago
    1 like
    I've heard these claims from Ford & Mazda before.El-cheapo Contractor bought one to replace a landcruiser as a mini firetender. Put a 750kg water unit complete with 5oolt tank onto this 1 Ton rated vehicle & needed new spring pack immediately. Did that and it was unstable around corners and no offroad ability. Within 6 months a rear wheel came off around a bend and set fire to the scrub. Lucky the fire equip worked. They put the unit on a lower rated Hilux for transport only to discover it did a better job...go figure. It seems only Toyota are honest.
    • Ross says,
      3 months ago
      Jack the rolux up to the same clearance as the Ford/Mazda( without beefing the suspension ) put the same gear on the back then compare apples with apples not apples with oranges Toyota boy.
      • chris litsch says,
        3 months ago
        Hey Ross, I'm not a Toyota man at all. I just work in mining. Budgets demand we try to save money from time to time but over the last 20 years it has always actually cost both money and wasted time. These are just observations shared by everyone in mining , pastoral and emergency services. Guess we must all be wrong. I'll recommend Great Walls next. They seem to be making value for money statements too.
        • Ross says,
          3 months ago
          Granted Chris the rangers of old were a bit loose. But the new ranger is a cracker. . And to add the old Hilux wasn't the best having the nick name of rolux. Times change and things get better. Agreed cheaper isn't always better
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