Last spring, we reported on rumors that the next-generation Ford Ranger would be available as a plug-in hybrid. A leaked document indicated that this new drivetrain would consist of an electric motor paired with Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 gasoline engine to produce a combined 270 kW (362 horsepower) and 680 Nm (501 pound-feet) of torque. Now, the automaker’s Australian arm has confirmed to CarExpert that it is in fact working on a 2023 Ford Ranger PHEV.
“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.”
There are still a number of questions revolving around the 2023 Ford Ranger PHEV, however. CarExpert believes that the hybrid model will be sold in Europe and Australia for certain, though it may arrive later in the model year. Regardless, given the fact that Ford of Europe just announced that it would transition to a 100 percent PHEV and EV lineup by 2026 and go all-EV by 2030, the move doesn’t come as a huge surprise.
This is just the latest in a flurry of news surrounding the next-gen Ranger that we’ve reported on in recent weeks. Ford has been testing a number of prototypes over that time frame, including the next-gen Ranger Tremor and Ranger Raptor, which we confirmed will come equipped with a rear coil spring suspension and be sold in North America for the first time.
The next-gen 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is rumored to be powered by Ford’s 2.7L EcoBoost V6. In its hottest current form, the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 produces 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. That powerplant is expected to be mated to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission and will reportedly share several components with the Ford Bronco Warthog, including its Fox Live Valve shocks.
The next-gen Ranger is expected to launch in 2022 for the 2023 model year, and will reportedly continue to ride on the Ford T6 platform, like the current model and the 2021 Ford Bronco, albeit with some modifications.