Ford‘s recent announcement regarding the introduction of a 2025 Ford Ranger Plug-in Hybrid variant for the Ford Ranger is far from a surprise. In fact, the rumor mill has been buzzing for over three years about this innovative addition to the lineup. The Plug-in Hybrid Ranger will be offered alongside the traditional internal combustion models, providing customers with a compelling green alternative. Let’s start the engine and explore what’s in store.
The heart of this hybrid marvel will be a 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to an electric motor. The electric motor is projected to offer an impressive 45 kilometers of pure electric driving range, catering to the daily needs of more than half of Ford’s customers. The statistics from June 2022 to September 2023 indicate that over 50% of Ford’s customers typically travel 40 kilometers or less per day.
Ford is not cutting corners when it comes to utility. The Plug-in Hybrid Ranger is targeting a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 kilograms with a braked trailer. This capacity aligns with the current non-hybrid Ranger models, ensuring that utility remains uncompromised.
Pro Power On Board
One notable feature is the integration of Pro Power on board, an accessory kit mounted in the tray. This kit enables users to power external appliances, effectively turning the vehicle into a mobile generator. With the capability to deliver around seven kilowatts of power, the Plug-in Hybrid Ranger is a versatile tool for various applications, particularly on work sites.
Payload Capacity Considerations
However, there are some concerns related to payload capacity. When adding components like batteries and electric motors to a dual cab pick-up, payload capacity can be affected. Depending on the specification, the reduction in payload capacity could range from 700 to 900 kilograms. This decrease may limit the number of passengers and the amount of cargo the vehicle can accommodate, making it crucial for users to load the vehicle correctly to avoid exceeding weight limits.
The Power and Torque Marvel
Back in 2020, we exclusively revealed the potential power output of the 2025 Ford Ranger Plug-in Hybrid. The projected figures are an impressive 270 kilowatts of power and 680 newton-meters of torque. This places the Plug-in Hybrid Ranger at the top of the torque output hierarchy, surpassing even the Ranger Raptor. Additionally, Ford aims for exceptional fuel efficiency, targeting just 3 liters per 100 kilometers on the combined cycle.
Ford’s Future Plans
While Ford has not confirmed whether the 2025 Ford Ranger Plug-in Hybrid will extend to the Everest, past insights suggest that the Everest will eventually receive this green technology. The release date is tentatively set for 2025, with ongoing tests taking place in Australia, the home of the Ranger and Everest design and development. The first test vehicles are expected to hit the road by Q4 2024, offering a taste of what this hybrid marvel can deliver.
Competition in the Hybrid Market
Ford’s move into the hybrid space faces competition from other automotive giants. Toyota, for example, is set to introduce a mild hybrid system for the Hilux. Mitsubishi, previously a contender, remains silent about its hybrid dual cab ute. BYD, a newcomer to the Australian market, may also enter with a plug-in hybrid option. The competition is heating up, promising more options for eco-conscious consumers.
Pricing and Consumer Perspective
While the pricing for the Plug-in Hybrid Ranger is not officially confirmed, it is expected to be on the higher end of the spectrum. Ford has steadily increased the prices of the Ranger and Everest in recent times, and this trend is likely to continue. Consumers may need to adjust to the idea of a price point around or above that of the Ranger Raptor. The market’s response to this price positioning will be a fascinating development to watch.
Besides the 2025 Ford Ranger Plug-in Hybrid, Ford is planning other updates. The Everest is expected to receive a new variant known as the “Wildtrak X,” equipped with suspension components similar to those found in the Ranger Wildtrak X. Furthermore, Ford is likely to introduce two premium variants, the Titanium and Platinum, to the Everest lineup.