We’ve known for some time now that Ford is working on an all-new Ranger midsize pickup. Set to debut in about two years, initially for markets outside the U.S., the all-new Ford Ranger is being developed by Ford and in collaboration with Volkswagen, as part of the automakers’ tie-up back in 2019. And now, we have details about the next-gen Ford Ranger engine lineup.
According to a report by Australian site Car Expert, the base engine of the next-gen Ford Ranger will be the Ford 2.0L four-cylinder diesel producing 157 kW (210 horsepower) and 500 Nm (368 pound-feet) of torque. From there, the Ford 3.2L diesel five-cylinder Puma engine will reportedly be replaced by the 3.0L Power Stroke diesel “Lion” engine currently offered in the F-150, where it produces 186 kW (250 horsepower) and 600 Nm (443 pound-feet) of torque. This engine will also replace the twin-turbocharged 2.0L diesel currently in the Ranger Raptor.
But perhaps the juiciest tidbit to emerge from this leaked report, based on leaked internal documents, is that the next-gen Ford Ranger will be offered with a plug-in hybrid variant. This new drivetrain will pair a plug-in hybrid system with Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder gasoline engine to produce 270 kW (362 horsepower) and 680 Nm (501 pound-feet) of torque. However, the configuration will launch later on in the model’s lifecycle.
The only transmission choice for all models will be Ford’s 10-speed automatic.
It’s not clear whether any of these engines, including the plug-in hybrid variant, will actually make their way to North America, where the gasoline 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 and 10-speed automatic transmission are currently the only powertrain offered. The combination does just fine to propel the midsize pickup truck in the New World.
To that end, it’s entirely possible that Ford will not offer the plug-in hybrid configuration for the Americas, in much the same way that it offer the Ford Explorer plug-in hybrid exclusively to European customers and has no immediate plans to bring it to North America.
Expect the next-gen Ford Ranger to go on sale in Australia in late 2022 or early 2023, with a global release toward the end of the 2022 calendar year.
To add to the report, Ford Authority has learned that the truck will ride on a massaged version of the Ford T6 platform used by the current model. It will also serve as the basis for the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok, with Ford completely controlling the Ranger. In other words, Ford will be sharing the T6 architecture with Volkswagen, rather than the other way around.