Rumored Next-Gen Ford Ranger Plug-In Hybrid

2020 Ford Ranger | Tropical Ford in Orlando, FL

Many US automakers are gearing up to drastically increase the number of fuel-efficient vehicles on the road in the coming years, and Ford is no exception. According to recent rumors swirling throughout the Australian blogosphere, Ford is expected to revolutionize its pickup lineup by introducing a plug-in hybrid model.

CarExpert, an Australian automotive publication, reported in May 2020 that the upcoming next-generation Ford Ranger will likely launch for the 2022 model year with a four-cylinder 2.3-liter plug-in hybrid engine. The powertrain is expected to achieve an impressive fuel efficiency rating while delivering up to 362 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque.

Unfortunately, it might be too soon to buy a tacky “My Truck Gets Better MPG Than Your Sedan” bumper sticker. Recent rumors from the stateside publication Car and Driverregarding a plug-in hybrid model of the beloved Ford F-150 were retracted quickly, suggesting that Ford might not be pursuing a more eco-conscious pickup lineup after all. Notably, CarExpert was launched just two months before its May 2020 prediction of a 2022 Ranger PHEV, making it impossible to truly nail down the publication’s track record.

Even if the PHEV version of the next-gen Ranger does make it to Australia, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be available at US dealerships. However, we boast a wide variety of fuel-efficient models like the Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid alongside the rugged and capable gas-powered Ranger. Browse our inventory at Tropical Ford to find the perfect model for your lifestyle.

Ford Partners with FIRST to Support STEAM Education

Ford motor company STEAM Education | Students look at microscope | Tropical Ford in Orlando, FL

Without science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) education in schools here in Orlando, FL and all across America, our great nation would lose out on the ingenuity that has fueled innovative technological advances in the automotive industry. Ford Motor Company, a consistent patron of STEAM educational causes, has announced a new strategic partnership intended to promote STEAM programs.

Though Ford has an established twenty-year relationship with FIRST, a non-profit committed to advancing STEAM resources through robotics programs for school-aged children, the automaker has deepened its commitment to these programs by becoming a FIRST Strategic Partner. Since 2019, Ford directly sponsored over 200 robotics teams and provided approximately 500 employee volunteers in partnership with FIRST in addition to developing the FIRST Robotics Competitions Autonomous Awards and sponsoring FIRST’s annual championship.

Per FIRST’s President, Larry Cohen, “Ford’s dedication and involvement has spanned more than 20 years, and tens of thousands of students have been mentored by passionate Ford employees.”

Ford’s dedication to STEAM education reflects the importance of the disciplines’ impacts to the auto industry. Programs like FIRST help the upcoming generation of youth develop the kind of scientific-minded curiosity that will inspire and develop automotive technological advancements for decades to come.

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