The next-generation Ford Ranger for Australia and other global markets will spawn a plug-in hybrid model that may be good for over 500 pound-feet of torque.
As our sister site Ford Authority reported this week, the engine lineup for the next-gen Ford Ranger has leaked online ahead of its arrival in about two years’ time. Among the available powertrains will be a fuel-sipping plug-in hybrid model that will pair an electric motor and small lithium-ion battery pack with the automaker’s turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. Together, the engine/motor combo will be good for 362 horsepower and a whopping 501 pound-feet of torque. Power will be sent through Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
The plug-in hybrid Ranger model will launch later in the mid-size pickup’s lifecycle, it is understood, with two diesel engines to be offered in the vehicle from launch. The base engine will allegedly be a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder diesel, which will be good for 210 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. A 3.0L Power Stroke V6 diesel, which is also offered in the current F-150, will also be available. The Power Stroke engine is good for 250 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque in the F-150 and should have a similar output in the new Ranger.
It’s not clear if any of these engines will be offered in the North American-spec version of the next-generation Ford Ranger. The diesel models seem unlikely for a U.S. arrival, but the plug-in hybrid could be an attractive offering for American buyers. Ford has also said in the past that it will continue to offer both plug-in hybrid and full EV models going forward, as opposed to GM, which has abandoned hybrid models to focus on EVs only.
GM is also currently developing a next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, which will compete directly with the next Ford Ranger. We expect the third-generation of GM’s mid-size pickups to carry over its naturally aspirated 3.6L LGZ V6 gasoline engine and 2.8L LWN four-cylinder diesel engine, along with the 10-speed automatic transmission.