The Ford Ranger PHEV is coming early 2025.
Here’s some of the key news from Ford.
The Ford Ranger Plug-in Hybrid will deliver more torque than any other Ranger, thanks to a 2.3-litre Ford EcoBoost turbo petrol engine paired with an electric motor and rechargeable battery system.
The EcoBoost engine is already more powerful than either of Ranger’s current diesels (around 200kW in overseas markets), but Ford also promises the hybrid powertrain will have more torque than any current Ranger.
That means in excess of 600Nm which is the peak output for the current V6.
The electric motor is integrated into the transmission, meaning the Ranger PHEV is 4WD even in full EV mode.
A variety of drive settings will be offered to allow drivers to control how and when they use the battery power.
It can be driven in pure electric mode for more than 45 kilometres.
While that is a modest electric range compared to other PHEV vehicles, Ford says data from its connected-car services from current Rangers shows that half of owners travel less than 40km per day.
And with over 80 per cent undertaking three or more short trips per day, in those use-cases, the Ranger could serve as an EV for much of its daily life.
Tow rating is at this stage will be 3500kg.
The battery system will have a feature called Pro Power Onboard™️.
This feature offers the ability to use much like you would if you take a generator with you for work or play with enough energy to power remote camp or worksites , and power sockets built into the deck and cabin.
When it needs recharging simply use the Ranger’s engine.
With its arrival in early 2025, the Ford Ranger PHEV will join a Ford New Zealand electrified vehicle line up across passenger, SUV and light commercial vehicles that will include the Puma Full BEV & Hybrids, Focus Mild Hybrid, Escape Plug-In Hybrid & Hybrid, Mustang Mach-E BEV and E-Transit Full BEV models.
by Duncan Humm