A fresh report out of Australia claims Ford has “confirmed” it is developing a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Ranger bakkie.

Ford in Europe recently announced that by mid-2026 its entire passenger vehicle range on the continent would be “zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid”, before moving to “all electric by 2030”. The Blue Oval brand furthermore said its commercial vehicle range in Europe would also be “100 percent zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid, by 2024”.

Of course, the next-gen Ranger sold in European markets will again come from South Africa’s Silverton assembly plant (like the current model), after a recent $1,05-billion (R15,8-billion) investment in the company's local operations.

According to CarExpert.com.au, a Ford Europe spokesperson has confirmed the new Ranger will be “zero-emission capable” by 2024.

The Australian publication previously reported both the next-gen Ranger and Everest would be available with a fresh plug-in hybrid powertrain built around a turbocharged 2,3-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine. CarExpert.com.au claims this plug-in powertrain will boast peak outputs of around 270 kW and 680 N.m, with a claimed fuel consumption of just 3,0 L/100 km.

Of course, as the publication points out, other engine options will also be available in the Ranger (and Everest) line-up, likely in the form of the current 2,0-litre bi-turbodiesel unit, the long-rumoured 3,0-litre turbodiesel V6 and perhaps even a turbocharged 2,7-litre V6 petrol engine.