Electrically assisted Ford Ranger a reality in 2025
Plug-in hybrid setup will pair an electric motor to the 2.3 EcoBoost petrol engine offered in the US-market model.
Rumours alleging Ford working on a hybrid Ranger have been swirling since 2020.
First mentioned in 2020 as heading for reality, a report from North America has indicated that the Ford Ranger Hybrid will be entering production in 2025.
A move that will complete the Blue Oval’s electrified bakkie range in the States as both the Maverick and F-150 are already available with a hybrid powertrain, the FordAuthority online forum, citing a report from Automotive News, states that the electrified Ranger will be a plug-in hybrid with a worthwhile range still to be estimated.
Despite Dearborn’s silence on the model for now, Australia’s carexpert.com.au reported in 2020 that the hybrid Ranger will pair the existing 2.3 EcoBoost petrol engine with an electric motor for an estimated combined output of 270kW/680Nm.
Unlike the Ranger assembled in Thailand and South Africa though, the US equivalent only offers the mentioned EcoBoost rated at 200kW/420Nm with production taking place at the Wayne Truck Plant in Michigan.
While likely to be US-bound initially, the Ranger Hybrid could potentially be offered elsewhere, but if so, with a diesel engine instead of a petrol in becoming a diesel-hybrid arch-rival Toyota is reportedly working on for the
Despite reference being made solely to the Fortuner, it’s use of the Hilux as a base could well result in the incoming model featuring the same setup, a factor further emphasised by both, along with the
In spite of being more 24 months away at present, don’t be surprised if details pertaining to the Ranger Hybrid do emerge over the coming months and into 2023.