Ford is offering a plug-in hybrid version of the Ranger for the first time. However, it will be quite a while before you can even buy the part-time electric pick-up. The manufacturer is already providing the first details.
According to Ford, the combination of a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo gasoline engine, electric motor, and traction battery delivers “more torque than any other Ranger variant” and should enable an emission-free range of more than 45 kilometers – including driving in environmental zones. Ford is thus implementing its strategy of offering a wide range of drive options in the pick-up segment.
In addition, the Ranger Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) offers the Ford Pro Power onboard system. It also makes the energy from the drive battery available for electrical devices via sockets in the interior and in the loading area. The charging area sockets deliver 2.3 kW at 10A. According to Ford, there is no need for loud and bulky power generators on construction sites or when camping far from civilization.
As with the other variants of the Ranger series, the maximum braked trailer load for the plug-in hybrid should be 3.5 tons. Production of the all-wheel drive Ford Ranger PHEV will begin at the end of 2024, with the first vehicles coming onto the market in early 2025.
For electric operation, the Ranger PHEV offers various driving modes and therefore a high level of flexibility in how and when the energy from the battery should be used. In addition, the plug-in hybrid version also has the proven Ranger all-wheel drive. In addition, there are five on- and off-road driving programs, which are also typical of the Ranger, as well as a variety of advanced safety and assistance systems.
The Ford Ranger is currently offered in single-cab, extra-cab, or double-cab options. Engines: diesel from 170 to 240 hp, also with all-wheel drive on request. The most powerful unit is connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The single cab is only available as a manual 170-hp diesel. Starting prices start at $32,565 depending on body shape.