Well, that Escape hybrid is a typical class II rating and can tow a max of ~3K lbs with no appreciable load capacity (ie: a few hundred lbs here and there). You're going to need a heck of a lot longer lead time than 2.5 more years to find that miracle 4x4/AWD/Hybrid truck you're after. And if/when it does come down the pipe, it sure won't be had at Ranger money.Seems grossly over-priced?....
I'm at 1 year July 3rd. Just turned 13,000 miles last weekend. I'm probably going to trade at 50k whenever that is. The only thing that will get me into another Ranger 'for-sure' is a 4x4/AWD Hybrid. Wife has a 2020 escape hybrid that is amazing. 38.7 mpg, 100 mile-average daily commute. Dont get me wrong I like the truck [a lot] but not the fanboy some are...its a truck, kinda high priced for what it is compared to other big-3 full size offerings, it does the job, has some nice features, lacking others..we will see what's out there in about 37,000 miles and what I'm in the mood for.
You're asking for a class III or IV vehicle with the money-shot drivetrain at your price point..... There's a butt for every seat, and used Aztec's are a value proposition!
Anyway, back on topic, I like the idea of a $9K option set which makes the truck look like you enjoy spending money poorly. If you're diehard enough to want a Raptor, just get a Raptor. I see them daily on the commute near Microsoft and Amazon main campus'. Knobby tires worn down lovingly by the freeways, fully optioned out with extra lights and ceramic coatings.