With the new 2023 Ford Ranger almost here, we expect a range of engine options. At least we expected a choice of engines. While it’s available in some countries with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, that won’t be the case in the US. Here, we’ll only look at the 2.3-liter with 270 hp. and 310 pound-feet of torque.
Does the Ranger offer hybrid or electric options?
But the big question regarding engine options is “where are the hybrid and electric versions?” Ford was first with its all-electric F-150 Lightning. So the F-150 has a hybrid option, and Ford only offers the smaller Maverick with a hybrid powertrain. As you can see, Ford is already delving into electric power alternatives for its trucks. Except the Ranger.
The Ram 1500 and Silverado 1500 full-size pickup trucks have hybrid options. But Ram is totally out of the loop when it comes to midsize or compact trucks in its truck lineup. It does, however, offer a midsize Ram 700 for emerging markets. It doesn’t have a hybrid engine though, but it’s a mystery why it’s not sold here.
When can we expect a Ranger hybrid?
Ford is expected to have a hybrid option for the Ranger, but not until 2025 at the earliest, according to automotive news. At least that beats Chevrolet. You won’t see a hybrid or electric version of its Colorado midsize pickup until 2026. Chevrolet is targeting 2024 for its full-size electric Silverado.
Therefore, both companies do not seem to consider a hybrid version as an urgent matter. But with the huge reservations, not to mention the hype, about electric full-size pickups, we thought that might speed up electric or PHEV additions. Apparently, that won’t happen.
Ford’s Maverick compact pickup has been available from day one with a hybrid powertrain. Yes, you can get one without it. But hybrid power is standard for the truck. And if you want a 2023 Maverick hybrid, you’re out of luck. Ford closed order books in early October 2022. That’s a strong indication of the interest in hybrid-powered trucks.
Will the Raptor also have a hybrid version?
Ford will also offer a hybrid version of its Ranger Raptor, but we’re not going to guess when. The same goes for a fully electric Ranger. Everything indicates that it will arrive, but not until later in the decade.
The only thing that could change all of these truckmakers’ electric plans is if interest and bookings continue at their current rate. The demand for hybrid and electric trucks is much higher than expected. And the only way to sell more products is to do what buyers want. Right now, that’s hybrid and electric vehicles.
So for the foreseeable future, the Ford Ranger will go ahead with its inline-four engine as the only power option. When your plans are clearer, we will be able to provide more information.
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