Ford Motor Company has already confirmed plans to electrify its entire commercial vehicle lineup in Europe by 2024. This lineup includes the Ford Ranger pickup. A new rumor suggests the electrified Ranger will be a plug-in hybrid with some rather lofty power output.
Australian publication Car Expert has received additional details on this upcoming plug-in Ranger. Claiming it will be powered by Ford’s turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder. In this case the gas engine will be paired with an electric motor to generate a rumored 362 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. Given the gas-only version of this engine offers 270 horsepower, these rumored outputs from an electrically-assisted version seem plausible.
Currently Ford has PHEV variants of its 3.0-liter V-6 and 2.5-liter inline-four engines. A hybridized 2.3-liter will be an all-new PHEV option within the Ford portfolio. Car Expert expects the same powertrain to find its way into the Everest SUV, sold in many global markets.
In addition to this new 2.3-liter PHEV option, the 2023 Ranger Raptor is also expected to get Ford’s twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6. Given this engine is already found in the Ford Bronco, this also seems like a realistic move on Ford’s part.
Speaking of Bronco, it also seems very likely this 2.3-liter hybrid powertrain will find its way into the Bronco at some point. Bronco and Ranger share their underlying architecture and Ford has already hinted at electrified variants of Bronco.