Ford, in a strategic move, has unveiled its first-ever plug-in hybrid version of the top-selling pick-up in Europe, the Ford Ranger. Set to roll out of production lines by the end of this year, deliveries of the Ranger PHEV are expected to commence in early 2024. Interestingly, this announcement targets the European market exclusively, keeping North American enthusiasts in anticipation.
With the Ranger leading the pick-up sales in Europe, Ford aims to solidify its position by introducing a technologically advanced 2.3-liter plug-in hybrid variant. This version ingeniously combines the power of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an electric unit and a compact battery. Although Ford hasn’t released official power figures yet, they confidently claim that the Ranger PHEV will deliver the highest torque among all Ranger models. For reference, the current 2.3-liter EcoBoost V6 version churns out 292 horsepower and an impressive torque of 491 Nm.
On the efficiency front, Ford states that the Ranger PHEV can cruise for up to 45 kilometers solely on electric power. Its towing capacity remains robust at 3,500 kilograms. A standout feature is Ford’s inclusion of the Pro Power Onboard system, which equips the vehicle’s bed with power outlets for various tools and accessories.
Visually, distinctions between the plug-in hybrid and the conventional version are subtle. Notably, an exterior charging port has been added, and the 18-inch wheels flaunt a fresh design. Initially, the Ford Ranger PHEV will be exclusively available in the Wildtrak variant.