The entire automotive market is now embracing the rise of electrification in one form or another. Whether it’s hybrids, PHEVs, or big, iconic gas-powered nameplates turning into EVs, electrification is the way to go. In fact, it even reached America’s backbone, the pickup truck segment. Many major manufacturers are now choosing to remove the large V8 engines from under the hood of their pickups, instead replacing them with hybrid V6 units. Although hybrid pickups are not yet in vogue, they are undeniably on the horizon.
Naturally, we’re excited to see big brands like Ford, Ram and Toyota turning to hybridizing their popular trucks, and how well they’re being received in the market. A growing number of car enthusiasts aren’t quite happy with how the V8 will soon be a thing of the past, but the future is certainly one to look forward to. In that vein, here are 10 upcoming hybrid pickups we’re looking forward to.
10/10 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid
Honda beat a lot of competitors to the punch when they introduced their most popular truck, the Ridgeline, with a plug-in hybrid system. Equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 accompanied by a hybrid engine coupled to a nine-speed automatic transmission, the Honda Ridgeline PHEV should easily develop up to 300 horsepower.
While the current Ridgeline returns around 18 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway, the plug-in hybrid system is expected to take those numbers above the 30 MPG mark, although no official specs have yet been released.
9/10 Toyota Tundra Hybrid
There’s a lot of debate about whether switching the Toyota Tundra to a hybrid V6 from its V8 is a good move. The Tundra V8 is now being replaced by a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V6 with an electric motor, and Toyota has dubbed this hybrid system the i-FORCE Max.
Together, the V6 and electric motor develop 389 horsepower and an even more impressive 583 lb-ft of torque. With a towing capacity of 11,450 lbs., the Tundra is going to be an extremely capable truck that also offers great fuel efficiency, and we can’t wait for it to become more common on the roads.
8/10 Nissan Titan hybrid
The Nissan Titan is due for a complete overhaul for the 2024 model year, and the truck will most likely get a hybrid powertrain. The Titan is not a top contender in the full-size truck segment, and Ford manages to sell 50 times more F-150 trucks than the Titan.
However, the 2024 redesign could be Nissan’s chance to move up a few places and prove itself. Efficiency numbers are the one area where the 2024 Nissan Titan Hybrid could really bring its A game and finally become a contender among its rivals.
7/10 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid
Following in the footsteps of its big brother the Tundra, the Tacoma will also get a complete redesign for the 2024 model year. This means the truck will get an all-new chassis and be based on the new Tundra’s platform. , like the 2023 Sequoia TRD Pro.
That basically translates to the definite possibility of the Tacoma getting a hybrid powertrain. After all, Toyota also promised an all-electric Tacoma, and it will almost certainly be preceded by a Toyota Tacoma hybrid option. The Tacoma is the best-selling truck in its segment, and we expect the hybrid powertrain to reinforce that position.
6/10 Jeep Gladiator 4xe Hybrid
Jeep will unveil a refreshed Wrangler JL for the 2024 model year. Since the Gladiator pickup truck is based on the Wrangler itself, the new Gladiator will also get the updated hybrid system from the Wrangler Unlimited.
The current Wrangler 4xe has a hybrid system, and it produces 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. As far as we know (and hope), Jeep will manage to increase that figure for the Gladiator Hybrid truck in the 2024 model year.
5/10 Hyundai Santa Cruz Hybrid
Hyundai’s Santa Cruz truck was an instant and runaway success for the Korean brand. For 2022, the truck received more options, colors and updates, but Hyundai has yet to offer it with a hybrid powertrain.
As popular as the Santa Cruz is in its segment, it just couldn’t go wrong with a hybrid system that improves fuel efficiency and maximizes range. It would only help the Santa Cruz return to being the best-selling vehicle in the country, as it did in August. We’re planning a hybrid powertrain for the Santa Cruz for 2023, or the 2024 model year, when it might get a mid-life refresh.
4/10 Ford Ranger Hybrid
The all-new Ford Ranger truck is slated for electric and hybrid drivetrain at all times. The company is pretty deeply involved in the development of the Ranger, which means it certainly has its hands full for the 2023 launch.
While a Ranger hybrid truck might not be available even at the launch of the entire 2023 model year, we could definitely see it by 2024. By 2025, we would surely also have an all-electric Ford Ranger on the market, but the hybrid powertrain as Ford’s newest truck would definitely come first.
3/10 Ram 1500 hybrid
The Ram 1500 is one of America’s most popular pickup trucks, but it’s late in the electrification game. However, Ram is quickly catching up with its e-Torque system in the Ram 1500.
While a Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid certainly isn’t happening anytime soon, we could most certainly hope for one if the F-150 switches to PHEV, which could happen very soon.
2/10 Ford Maverick Hybrid
The small truck segment is more alive than ever, much to the surprise of critics who called it dead. With electrification and hybridization, the segment has been given a new lease of life, and the king of the hill is unquestionably the Ford Maverick Hybrid.
With a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor, the Maverick Hybrid returns 30 miles per gallon, which has been driving reservations like hotcakes recently.
1/10 Ford F-150 plug-in hybrid
Ford has made available a hybrid powertrain on its 2023 F-150 truck, which adds more versatility and options to its incredible best-selling truck. With its new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and 35 kW electric motor, the F-150 Hybrid can go up to 700 miles before needing a recharge.
With the F-150 Hybrid being a huge success, now is the time for the F-150 to be offered as a PHEV. Ford has already found success with the F-150 Lightning EV, and what’s left now is the plug-in hybrid variant that we’re certainly anticipating and looking forward to.
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