It looks like it is finally happening! Hot on the wheels of Ford’s big reveals of a hybrid Mustang and hybrid F-150 last week, Ford just confirmed to the world that the Bronco will be making a comeback 2020. On top of that, the Ranger pickup will make its way back to U.S. in 2019, after a 6-year hiatus.
Here’s what Ford said at the Detroit Auto Show during a press conference today:
“We’ve heard our customers loud and clear. They want a new generation of vehicles that are incredibly capable yet fun to drive,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas. “Ranger is for truck buyers who want an affordable, functional, rugged and maneuverable pickup that’s Built Ford Tough. Bronco will be a no-compromise midsize 4×4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city.”
The Ranger will debut in 2019 and the Bronco will follow it in 2020, Ford said.
The Bronco and Ranger are likely to generate a lot of excitement among enthusiasts. Ford has been coy about the trucks’ return to North America and a new Bronco’s debut for awhile. But last year, in a tirade against Donald Trump, a UAW official slipped up and let it be known that the Bronco and Ranger would be built in Michigan.
Ford officially confirmed that news today, much to my delight. As much as I’d love to see a Bronco that looks like the render above, which has been floating around for awhile, I think something very similar to the Ford Everest (avaible in non-U.S. markets) pictured below is more likely.