The Ford Ranger is the best-selling pick-up model in Europe, and now it has a plug-in hybrid version. It is the first PHEV Ranger, and production will start by the end of this year. It is interesting that the American car manufacturer decided that this model will make its debut outside the United States.
Ford Ranger has been a leader in the European market for years, and with this version Ford wants to strengthen that position. When it comes to design, the differences between the plug-in hybrid version and other versions are minimal. The charging port is located on the left side next to the fuel cap, while the 18-inch wheels have a new design. Initially, the Ranger PHEV will only be available as a Wildtrak, and will have the Pro Power Onboard feature that includes outlets in the trunk for various tools and devices.
The new Ford Ranger will be powered by a 2.3L turbo four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor, with an unknown total power output. As a reminder, the 2.3L EcoBoost V6 engine delivers 292 hp (215 kW) and 362 lb-ft (491 Nm) of torque. Ford announced that the Ranger PHEV will be able to travel 45 kilometers (28 miles) in purely electric mode, while the maximum weight the car can pull is 3,500 kg.
After recently introducing the all-electric Fiat 600e that comes almost a decade after the production of the Fiat 600 was discontinued, the Italian automaker is now introducing the 600 Hybrid.
This model is the same size as the all-electric 600e, but lighter. The interior is made of recycled materials, and the instrument panel is made of bioplastic. Fiat claims that thanks to the electric motor, the car can be driven partly without emissions in the city and in parking lots. This technical solution reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 15%.
Fiat 600 Hybrid is powered by a 1.2L three-cylinder engine that, combined with an electric motor, has a total power of 128 hp (94 kW), which is enough to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 11 seconds. The car is equipped with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and a 48 V lithium-ion battery that enables a range of one kilometer with a top speed of 30 km/h.
For now, it will be available in Italy and other countries where the sale of electric cars is not so popular, and the starting price will be 25,000 euros.
Toyota Century Limited is the most expensive and most luxurious SUV of the Japanese manufacturer. Only 30 examples will be produced per month and each will cost around $169,000.
The story about this car begins in 1967, when it was presented as a lineup of full-size luxury cars and limousines produced mainly for the Japanese market. The first generation was powered by a V8 engine, and from 1997 a V12 was used until 2018, when it returned to a V8 with the addition of Toyota’s hybrid technology.
After 56 years of production of this sedan, Toyota presents this expensive model in SUV form for the first time. At 5205 mm long, 1990 mm wide and 1805 mm high and with a wheelbase of 2950 mm, the new Century SUV is shorter than the sedan version, and can accommodate four people instead of five.
The front part of the vehicle is decorated with a medium-sized radiator grille and a logo with a phoenix bird instead of the classic Toyota badge, a new design of LED headlights. Moving towards the back, it can be noticed that the front doors are shorter than the rear doors, which have an opening angle of 75 degrees.
The interior of the SUV has a modern design, with digital instruments instead of analog ones, a central multimedia system screen with buttons below it. Behind the rear seats is a glass that separates the passenger space from the trunk, so the passengers behind will not be bothered by the sounds coming from the trunk.
When it comes to the powertrain, the Toyota Century is powered by a 3.5L V6 gasoline engine combined with a rear-mounted electric motor with a total power of 406 hp (299 kW). Power is sent to all wheels via a CVT gearbox. It has a special Rear Comfort mode, which distributes the braking force and adjusts the chassis in such a way that those sitting in the back are not bothered by movements and vibrations while driving.