Update: Carexpert.com.au reports that a Ford Europe spokesperson has confirmed that the company’s commercial vehicle line-up, including the Ford Ranger pickup, will be “zero-emission capable” by 2024. The news comes two days after Ford released announced that it plans to electrify its entire vehicle line-up, both passenger and commercial models. On electrifying the CVs, the company said:
Ford’s entire commercial vehicle range will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid, by 2024, with two-thirds of Ford’s commercial vehicle sales expected to be all-electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030.Ford press announcement on February 17, 2021
Work on the next generation Ford Ranger, or the T6.2 Ranger (T6 is the name of Ford’s rear- and all-wheel drive architecture that underpins mid-size pickups and SUVs) has entered an advanced stage, with a plan to launch the pickup in 2022 in the USA. For the first time, a Ford Ranger Hybrid will be available, in addition to conventional gasoline and diesel engines (the latter for other markets outside North America) CarExpert.com.au said in a report last year.
The T6.2 Ford Ranger is developed primarily in Ford’s Melbourne-based Asia Pacific product development center, in Australia, but keeping in mind its global standing as it will be sold in over 180 countries. The Ranger is one of the world’s best-selling pickup truck models and has built a solid reputation in APAC and African markets.
Ford Ranger Hybrid to use a 2.3L Ecoboost engine?
While designers are giving the rugged pickup – which competes with the ‘unbreakable’ Toyota Hilux and Mazda BT-50 models in Asia Pacific and European countries – a redesigned exterior and interior, reports suggest that engineers are hard at work on a Ford Ranger Hybrid variant, which will debut electrification on the Ranger nameplate which is 37 years old and has seen four model generations.
The powertrain likely in question is the 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost unit with a 10-speed automatic transmission combined with an electric motor to deliver 270 kW (362 hp) and 502 lb.-ft (680 Nm) of torque. This will reportedly be an all-new Plug-in Hybrid system which hasn’t featured on a Ford vehicle till date. Hence, it will be different from the 3.0-liter and 2.5-liter PHEV systems on the Ford Explorer and Ford Escape SUVs. Whether this drivetrain has commonality with the upcoming Ford Bronco Hybrid remains to be seen.
The T6.2 Ford Ranger will lend its chassis and internal components to Volkswagen for the next generation VW Amarok. VW will clearly differentiate (visually and otherwise) the Amarok from the Ranger, and the VW Group acknowledged that there wouldn’t have been a successor to the Amarok had it not been for the collaboration with Ford. Ford will also manufacture the next gen Amarok at its Silverton plant in South Africa from 2022.
The current Ford Ranger line in USA kicks off at USD 24,000, and we expect prices to remain more-or-less the same when the T6.2 goes on sale. However, where the current Ranger Raptor – the sporty variant of the pickup truck – is not offered for North American markets, reports suggest the T6.2 generation will see the ‘Ranger on steroids’ in American showrooms too.
Ford Ranger Hybrid FAQ
What is the Ford Ranger Hybrid release date?
The Ford Ranger Hybrid is expected to launch in USA around 2023.
Which pickup trucks would rival the Ford Ranger Hybrid?
The Ford Ranger Hybrid will rival the Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier on price.
What will be the price of the Ford Ranger Hybrid?
The Ford Ranger Hybrid is expected to cost around USD 25,000.