Instead of bringing a diesel model, the 2021 Ford Ranger Hybrid could be a surprise for the next season. We know the company is into electrification, but this is a big bite. No other mid-size trucks are offering such drivetrain, but rumors say Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier could compete with Ranger pretty soon. Whatsoever, everything is under a big question mark, but we will leave all the options open.
The 2021 Ford Ranger Hybrid might get a drivetrain similar to the Explorer SUV. a 3.3-liter engine can provide 320 hp, similar towing capacity, and a way better fuel economy, which is the main goal for the upcoming pickup. Also, the manufacturer only brought the Ranger across the ocean and the redesign is about to happen next year, according to Car and Driver magazine. Besides the cosmetic update, the truck will also bring the new engines.
2021 Ford Ranger Hybrid Specs
A 3.3-liter engine, mated to an electric motor, is good for 320 hp on the Explorer SUV. It upgrades a current 2.3-liter EcoBoost unit with 270 ponies. The truck is much heavier than the SUV. A turbo-four can return only 23 mpg combined. For example, the same unit on Explorer can do 25 mpg. So, a hybrid version won’t come with 28 mpg combined, but probably 2-3 points under this mark. Also, an all-wheel drive is a cool option, but it will cost you another 2-3 miles per every gallon.
Ranger Raptor Hybrid
This is an interesting theory. But, Ford has a response. The same SUV is available in the European market with a way more powerful configuration. The plug-in hybrid system is able to burst 450 horsepower, which would be more than enough for the 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor. It is based on a 3.0-liter twin-turbo system and AWD is not as efficient as the standard hybrid.
The towing capability of the 2021 Ford Ranger Hybrid is the major question. If the truck gets a diesel model, then the capacity won’t suffer. On the other hand, hybrids are not such good haulers at all. That is why pickups are getting diesel unit and not electric setups. But, the future of the automotive industry is in such systems, and sooner or later we will see trucks with hybrid engines.
Ford is not the only company developing such a pickup. Toyota denied the arrival of Tacoma diesel. Instead, experts assume the Japanese company is working on a hybrid configuration. Well, Toyota is a leader in the mid-size and compact segments, with Highlander and Rav4 topping the sales charts. Another Japanese manufacturer could enter the same market. Big things are expected by Nissan in the 2021 season. A lot of electric concepts are available and some of them could help Frontier become a hybrid. It would revive the sales of the mid-size truck and establish Nissan as a top carmaker.
2021 Ford Ranger Hybrid Release Date
Ford is coming out with new electric models every few months. We already mentioned Explorer, but another crossover SUV way electrified for 2020 season – Escape. The company also brought hybrid configuration to the premium Lincoln Aviator, and all-electric Mach E SUV is also presented. Now, it is time for other classes to shine. Hybrid truck seems to be a priority.