VW And Ford Will Not Electrify Their New Amarok And Ranger “Twins”

Volkswagen says that the next-generation Amarok and Ranger pickups it is co-developing with Ford will not be electrified.

Speaking with Car Advice at the Frankfurt Auto Show, where Volkswagen unveiled its ID.3, the German brand’s board member and chief operating officer Ralf Brandstatter said many future VW models will indeed be electrified, but not the Amarok/Ranger “twins” won’t be among them.

“Until 2025 we will bring 20 models on this MEB platform. With these 20 models we will cover all segments we have today. [The ID.3] is the size of a Golf with the interior size of a Passat, and it speeds up like a GTI,” Brandstatter . “Of course, cars that are similar like a Tiguan or like a Passat will follow. Therefore we are planning 20 models by 2025 on this platform.”

Also Read: 2022 Volkswagen Amarok – Envisaging A Ford Ranger-Based Truck For America And Beyond

Asked directly about the two trucks, Brandstatter was pretty clear in his response: “At the moment this type of car is not planned to electrify.”

Unlike Wolfsburg and Dearborn, Toyota has already confirmed its own mid-size truck, the HiLux, will be electrified in the future; moreover, Mitsubishi and Nissan will go down the same road with the Triton and Navara, respectively. Ford itself isn’t opposed to building more efficient versions of its existing pickup trucks and has already confirmed an all-electric F-150 that is expected to launch in 2021, and a hybrid version that will precede it by one year.

It is difficult to say why Volkswagen is opposed to electrified pickups considering its strong focus on adopting EV technology in the years ahead. The most plausible explanation is that the trucks underpinnings weren’t designed from the outset to support this tech; remember, it’s co-developed with Ford, and the U.S. isn’t that much sold on EVs just yet – not to mention the much lower gas prices compared to the Old Continent.

Then there’s the fact that the States have more lax federal emissions regs, although a 48V mild-hybrid or something similar could eventually materialize to satisfy the “renegade” states that ignore the feds and are imposing their own set of rules.

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  • Ilbirs

    In this case there’s the curiosity that ZF recently released the second generation of its eight-speed auto transmissions, with the particularity that it can provide to an automaker a hybrid propulsion off the shelf. FCA will put these transmissions in some models and probably other automakers will do the same.
    Maybe VW and Ford don’t have some privileges with ZF and this prevented them to have the hybridized version of the new transmission, maybe due to some contracts of exclusivity signed by other automakers. See what happen currently with the 9HP, that is seen only in FCA and Jaguar-Land Rover models and outside these brands only some Honda models.

    • GPFan

      Ford uses their own 10speed that they developed with GM in the Ranger.
      Would be interesting to know how future proofed it is. Not saying that the only way to go Hybrid is the way ZF has done it, but it is an elegant solution

  • db

    Hasn’t VW went down this road before with FCA with the Routan? We all know how that worked out.

    • Matt

      This is different, as VW and Ford are developing the model together – like VW did very successfully with Mercedes for many years with the Crafter/Sprinter models.

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