Next-gen Ford Ranger spied, will be zero-emissions capable

Following the Ford F150 Electric (Ford F-150 EV), Ford’s electrified truck line-up will see the addition of a Ford Ranger Hybrid. While the former is targeted at North America, where the nameplate is a best-seller for decades, the latter would go to markets around the world where emission norms are tightening, the EV charging infrastructure is nascent, and the utility needs are different.

The Ford Ranger Hybrid is a step closer to reality, as road-testing of the next-gen Ford Ranger began earlier this year. The new Ranger is being developed in Australia, where a CarsGuide reader recently snapped it on test close to the company’s validation and testing ground near Melbourne.

The 2022 Ford Ranger prototype is reminiscent of the 2021 Ford F-150. Like the American pickup truck, it appears to feature tall headlamps with C-shaped LED DRL. According to the person who photographed the test mule, it likely had the 8-inch SYNC 4 touchscreen infotainment system, which would be another item in common with its bigger brother.

All Ford commercial vehicles in Europe zero-emissions capable by 2024

On February 17, 2021, Ford announced that all commercial vehicles in Europe would be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid, by 2024. The company expects two-third of its commercial vehicle sales in the region to come from PHEVs and EVs by 2030. Given that the Ranger is Europe’s best-selling pickup truck, a pure electric powertrain (besides hybrid) should also be a priority for the model. In 2020, the Ranger enjoyed a record 34.9% share in Europe’s pickup truck segment.

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 a more advanced stage, with its commercial launch expected in 2022. 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).

2021 Ford F-150 design highlight
The Ranger’s big brother, the all-new Ford F-150, will influence the design direction for the mid-size truck.

The T6.2 Ford Ranger is developed in Ford’s Melbourne-based Asia Pacific product development center, but it’s not a regional mode. Ford sells the Ranger in over 180 countries. One of the world’s best-selling pickup truck models, the Ranger 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, Isuzu D-Max, Nissan Navara, 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 that hasn’t featured on a Ford vehicle to 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.

Ford Ranger Raptor USA
The T6.2 Ranger Raptor is expected to make its way stateside. The current Ranger Raptor (pictured) is not sold in the United States.

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 the United States 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 the USA in 2023, following the global introduction in 2022.

Which pickup trucks would rival the Ford Ranger Hybrid?

The new 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 30,000.