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Will Ford bring a plug-in hybrid Ranger to the U.S.?

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We speculated late last year that Ford Motor Co. might bring a plug-in hybrid electric version of the Ranger pickup to the U.S., and it was backed up by rumors from other publications. Imagine our surprise when the 2024 Ranger was revealed with nary a hybrid powertrain. However, the Australian publication Drive, recently posted an article that brings the hybrid hope back to life.

The publication says it has seen secret plans showing the option of a plug-in hybrid Ranger arriving in Australian showrooms sometime next year as a part of the 2024 model year updates. Yes, yes, we’ve already seen the 2024 U.S. spec Ranger – but remember, we’re a couple years behind the rest of the world as the current-gen Ranger has already been circulating elsewhere.

Though the details haven’t been confirmed by Ford, Drive says the plug-in hybrid Ranger will be powered by a 2.3-liter turbo and combined with one or more electric motors. Furthermore, as the article points out, this engine is already available in the straight gas model coming to the U.S. in 2024.

But what does all this have to do with the U.S.? Toward the middle of the article, Drive said it understands this plug-in hybrid Ranger will also be coming stateside. Perhaps the even bigger news is this: Drive says this powertrain will carry over into the Ford Bronco. All of this makes sense, as it will allow the Bronco to better compete with the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, and we expect the 2024 Jeep Gladiator might get the 4xe treatment.

The bottom line on a plug-in hybrid Ranger

To us, this is a no brainer. It helps Ford further its electrification goals while also allowing it to compete with plug-in hybrids from Jeep. The question is: If it’s coming to Australia in 2024, will we have to wait 3 years to see it in the U.S.?


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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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