With the all-new 2023 Ford Ranger almost ready, we expect a number of engine options. At least we expected a choice of engines. While it’s available in some countries with both a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, it won’t be available in the US. Here we will see only a 2.3-liter engine with a capacity of 270 hp. and 310 lb-ft of torque.
Does the Ranger offer hybrid or electric options?
But the big question about the engine choice is “where’s the hybrid and electric version?” Ford was first with its all-electric F-150 Lightning. So the F-150 has a hybrid option, while Ford only offers the smaller Maverick with a hybrid powertrain. As you can see, Ford is already deeply exploring electric drive alternatives for its pickup trucks. Except for the ranger.
Both the full-size Ram 1500 and Silverado 1500 pickups have hybrid options. But Ram is completely out of the loop when it comes to midsize or compact pickups in the truck lineup. However, it does offer a mid-range Ram 700 for emerging markets. However, it is not a hybrid engine, but it remains a mystery why it is not sold here.
When can we expect the Ranger hybrid?
According to Automotive News, Ford is expected to have a hybrid option for the Ranger, but not until 2025. At least it beats the Chevrolet. It won’t see a hybrid or electric version of its Colorado midsize pickup until 2026. Chevrolet plans to release its full-size electric Silverado by 2024.
So both companies don’t seem to think a hybrid version is an actual thing. But with a lot of reservations, not to mention hype, about electric full-size pickups, we thought it might speed up the adoption of electric or PHEVs. Apparently, this will not happen.
The Ford Maverick compact pickup is available with a hybrid powertrain from day one. Yes, you can get it without it. But hybrid power is standard for the truck. And if you want a 2023 Maverick Hybrid, you’re out of luck. Ford closed its order books in early October 2022. So this is a strong indicator of interest in hybrid pickups.
Will the Raptor also get a hybrid version?
Ford is also set to offer a hybrid version of its Ranger Raptor, but we won’t hazard a guess as to exactly when. The same goes for the all-electric Ranger. All indications are that it will come, but not before the next decade.
The only thing that could change all of these truck makers’ electric plans is if interest and reservations continue at the same rate they are now. Demand for hybrid and electric trucks is much higher than expected. And the only way to sell more products is to do what customers want. Now these are hybrid and electric cars.
So for the foreseeable future, the Ford Ranger will run with an in-line four-cylinder engine as its sole power option. As his plans become clearer, we will be able to provide more information.
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