Ford has announced that a plug-in hybrid version of the popular Ranger dual-cab ute is set to go on sale in early 2025. The Ranger PHEV will offer an electric driving range of over 45 kilometers and a towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes when the engine is in operation. The hybrid model will feature an electric motor paired with a turbocharged 2.3-liter petrol inline four-cylinder engine, allowing for electric-only four-wheel-drive capability. It will also have more torque than any other current Ranger variant.
The Ranger PHEV will come with four selectable EV modes: Auto, Now, Later, and Charge. Auto mode is the default mode and allows for seamless transition between electric and engine power. Now mode provides immediate all-electric driving, Later mode reserves 50% battery capacity for later in the trip, and Charge mode replenishes the battery using the petrol motor while driving. The vehicle will also have geofencing capabilities that allow it to switch to electric-only mode in designated low-emission zones.
Ford Australia conducted testing for the Ranger PHEV at its You Yangs proving ground. To accommodate the battery, the engineers strengthened the Ranger’s ladder chassis, added heavy-duty suspension, and retuned the steering. Production will begin in late 2023, with first deliveries happening by the end of that year or early in 2024.
Pricing and manufacturing location have not been confirmed yet. It is possible that the Ranger PHEV will be offered in different trims, including the Sport and Platinum variants. Ford will also provide a seven-meter charging cord to be plugged into a standard 240-volt home outlet.
Ford Australia declined to comment on the possibility of a plug-in hybrid Everest, the large SUV version of the Ranger, but did not rule it out. There is also no word yet on whether Volkswagen will introduce a plug-in hybrid Amarok, which shares its platform with the Ranger.
Sources: Ford Australia