Ford’s best-selling Ranger ute will get a plug-in hybrid option, but don’t expect it before 2025.
It’s part of Ford’s plans to offer a wide range of powertrain options in the mid-sized utility segment.
“The Ranger Plug-in Hybrid is a best-of-both-worlds solution for work, play, and family – offering customers zero-tailpipe emissions EV driving for short trips, or hybrid performance that delivers incredible on- and off-road performance,” Ford Australia’s Andrew Birkic said.
“Ranger Plug-In Hybrid will bring all of the towing and payload capability our Australian customers expect of Ranger, and with Pro Power Onboard for the first time, Ranger owners will have power for both work and play.”
The first-ever plug-in hybrid delivers more torque than any other Ranger, with a 2.3-litre four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, electric motor and rechargeable battery system.
EV drive modes will give customers more flexibility in deciding how and when to use the EV battery power.
It can be driven in pure electric mode for more than 45km.
Ford believes this will be extremely useful for its Aussie customers, as more than half travel 40km or less per day.
But there’s no word at this stage on battery size or how long it takes to charge.
Targeted maximum braked towing capacity of the plug-in hybrid is 3500kg, the same as the regular Ranger.
Ranger Plug-in Hybrid features Pro Power Onboard, a form of V2L that enables the vehicle to power tools and appliances on a worksite or remote campsite.
Power outlets are provided in both the cargo bed and cabin.
That means noisy, bulky, heavy generators can be left at home, leaving more space for other gear.
However, Pro Power Onboard may vary between models and markets and is subject to regulatory approvals.