September 2, 2022: 2024 Ranger to get plug-in hybrid power
In 2024, Ford will add a hybrid version of the Ranger to the Australian lineup.
We’ve known for some time that a hybrid version of the popular double cab would be coming, and spy photographers in Europe have photographed camouflaged test mules with hybrid powertrains.
But we didn’t know which hybrid system the Ranger would use: a traditional electric “hybrid” with a battery pack or a system with a larger battery and a longer range on pure electric power.
It’s the latter that seems most likely, with Ford insiders hinting that the plug-in offers better performance and usability for dual-cab buyers. A larger battery can be used, for example, to power tools and other accessories.
Wheels understands the Ranger plug-in will be the fifth model in Ford Australia’s pledge to offer five electrified vehicles by the end of 2024. The other four will be the Mustang Mach E and three already confirmed variants: the Escape PHEV and two versions of the E – Transit Van.
It’s also possible the plug-in powertrain could join the next-generation Everest range, given it shares the same T6 underpinnings as the new Ranger, although Ford Australia boss Andrew Birkich wouldn’t be drawn on the subject when asked on Everest’s Australian. launching.
“What we’ve said publicly is that we’re ready for some form of electrification in the future, so that’s the only statement we’ve made,” Birkic said.
Ford’s rivals are also working on dual-cab hybrid versions. For example, Nissan is developing a plug-in version of the Navara, but Birkic remained diplomatic when asked if Ford wanted to lead the way in electrified dual cabs in Australia.
“Of course we will see an evolution and Ford continues to invest in electrification around the world,” he said. “Our compass should be about the client. Especially with pickups and trucks. There is drag and drop, so development needs to be built around customers and their usage patterns. It has to be customer driven.”
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November 25, 2021: Ranger may get hybrid technology
The 2022 Ford Ranger hybrid technology will be added in the future.
At the unveiling last night, Ford confirmed that the new Ranger has been designed with the possibility of hybrid powertrains in the future – and the electrified vehicle is expected to be part of the local line-up by 2025.
At this point, rumors and leaks suggest that the Ranger will get either a traditional hybrid engine with an electric battery or a plug-in hybrid powertrain – the latter typically offering up to 50 kilometers of electric range.
The Ranger hybrid is the missing piece in the Blue Oval’s quest for pickup electrification, and both the smaller Maverick and larger F-150 are offered with hybrid power in North America.
While both the Maverick and F-150 use conventional hybrid powertrains, Ford’s European commercial vehicle chief Hans Schepp said in June Automobile news of Europe The brand will launch a hybrid (PHEV) version of the Ranger by 2025, but declined to comment when asked.
If the model does go the PHEV route, the larger electric motor and battery could be paired with a version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine already announced for the Ranger and expected for the North American market. Rumors suggest that the Ford Bronco may also use this PHEV powertrain, with the Bronco sharing the same basic chassis architecture as the Ranger.
The Ford Ranger Hybrid is expected to be introduced in 2024, but it remains to be seen what engine the Bronco Hybrid will get in the meantime.