The new 2025 Ford Ranger plug-in hybrid makes its world debut in Australia. We wondered when or if any manufacturer would build and sell a mainstream plug-in hybrid pickup truck. Ford Australia may be first as the company announces this electrified new Ranger. We have all the details here.
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2025 Ford Ranger Plug-in Hybrid
First, I am putting a 2025 model year designation on this new model because Ford Australia says that this electrified pickup truck will go on sale there in early 2025. This way it’s a bit easier to identify which new Ranger we are talking about. Ford launched the new Ford Ranger in Australia over a year ago. We (in the United States) are still waiting for the U.S.-spec version, the 2024 Ford Ranger, to begin sales in our market.
Ford has not disclosed many specifications of this new pickup truck, but here is what we know. The hybrid system starts with a 2.3-liter gasoline turbocharged I4 engine that Ford has been using in the truck for some time. This engine is rated at 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque in its U.S. spec. This engine is mated to an electric motor for more power. We do not yet know the combined power output of this system, but we are estimating it to be in the neighborhood of 370 hp. This is because Ford and Lincoln already have an approximately 102 hp electric motor currently in production underneath the Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid.
Ford says that this hybrid will be able to drive around 45 kilometers (or 28 miles) on a full charge of electricity. This range number is relatively competitive to a current Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid. We estimate the usable battery capacity to be between 13.5 kWh and 17.5 kWh. The current Lincoln Aviator plug-in has a 13.6 kWh battery.
Ford Australia says the new Ranger plug-in will not sacrifice payload and towing ability. The plug-in hybrid will still be rated to tow up to 3,500 kg (or 7,700 lbs). This is impressive, I cannot wait to hear how Ford achieved this with the heavier powertrain of this truck.
The added benefit of the Ranger plug-in is its Pro Power Onboard (power export/inverter system). We do not have the exact specifications of this system, but the images show up to 2.3 kW power export capability. We also don’t know what charging speeds will this new Ranger offer.
We do not have pricing available at this time. It will be there closer to the production date of this pickup, which is in early 2025. Please let us know in the comments section below.
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