A plug-in hybrid version is now confirmed for the next generation of the Ford Ranger. Except that it’s not at all certain if that’s the Ranger that we’ll get here in the U.S. and Canada.
The report, from Car Expert AU, says that Ford of Europe confirmed to them that the automaker’s commercial range, which includes the Ranger, will be “zero-emission capable” by 2024. The publication had been reporting that the next Ranger would offer a PHEV for some time, and this confirms it. They expect that driveline to come in the form of a 2.3L tubro four with PHEV offering and combined fuel economy of 3.0 L/100 km.
But the report from Australia doesn’t confirm the model for Australia, nor does it guarantee North American production.
“We know there is growing appetite among Australian consumers for EVs and hybrid vehicles,” Ford Australia said in a statement. “However, it’s too early to discuss what impacts the Ford of Europe move will have on other markets, including Australia.”
The Ranger for Europe is built at a factory in South Africa, while the Australia version of the compact pickup is built in Thailand. Our domestic Ford Ranger is built in Michigan, and there are several other global plants building the pickup. While the different Rangers are largely the same, there are some market, styling, and powertrain differences, including the North American model getting modifications for increased payload and to meet specific safety standards.
One factory picking up a PHEV Ranger for its markets doesn’t guarantee it for others, though Ford has already gone hybrid with the F-150 in what seems like a popular move.