Ford Ranger PHEV 2022 caught in test: new plug-in hybrid spied before facing Toyota HiLux, Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton

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We suspected it was going to happen, but this could be our first look at the revolutionary Ford Ranger plug-in hybrid. As we reported in February, the Ranger is set to add a hybrid variant and spy photos from Europe seem to confirm this.

Website Motor1.com released a series of images of the Ranger undergoing tests over the European summer. Although not much of the vehicle can be seen thanks to all the camouflage, what is clearly visible is a yellow sticker on the windshield which is typical of PHEV prototypes.

This aligns with European plans for the Blue Oval, as the company made a commitment in February to offer all-electric or PHEV variants of each model by 2024. By extension, that means the Ranger will need a group. PHEV powertrain in European markets and this opens the door for it to also come to Australia.

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This would be a major boost for Ford Australia’s green credentials, allowing it to become the first major automotive brand to offer a PHEV utility in our market.

While powertrain details are unconfirmed, Ford is expected to pair its 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with at least one electric motor to create the Ranger PHEV. A similar setup is already in use in the Escape PHEV where it produces 167 kW of power and has an EV range of over 50 km.

This will not be the only engine on offer, however, as the range will benefit from a revamped lineup that will include a new 130 kW / 420 Nm four-cylinder single-turbo diesel, a 157 kW / 500 Nm twin-turbo diesel and a pair of V6 engines. with the flagship packaging 230kW / 540Nm.

Hybrid and electric vehicles are expected to become more and more common in the coming years. In the United States, Ford has already unveiled the F-150 Lightning and the Maverick Hybrid, while the Rivian R1T and the Tesla Cybertruck are both expected to hit Australian roads eventually.


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