Maybe all the election press is good for something. Fact checking Donald Trump’s claims of Ford moving jobs to Mexico, intentions to build a new Ford Bronco are released.
In one of the strangest twists in this crazy election cycle, a huge chunk of news about an iconic SUV just emerged. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, Ford is going to finally produce the long-awaited new version of the Bronco.
Last month Ford announced it was moving small car production to Mexico. It started a small political firestorm in this election season. In trying to put out some of the fire, the UAW announced that a deal has been in place to build the new Ford Bronco and Ford Ranger pickup trucks in the facility in question.
There has been no announcement or confirmation from Ford on the reports, but if true it is great news. Ford has been teasing us with Bronco concepts almost every year for more than a decade. Everyone has been with a retro design that has been eye-catching. Now it seems that we will finally see the Bronco back on the streets soon.
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There were no release dates of equipment details included in the leak. The idea that the Ranger truck line will pick back up is interesting as well. If the vehicles are coming off the same line, it could be direct competition to the Jeep.
Some of the more recent Ford Bronco concepts were based off full sized platforms. If the Ranger and the Bronco are built on the same platform, it may be actually closer to the original Bronco than has been anticipated.
The smaller platform would be a great fit for the 3.5L Ecoboost engine. Ford recently announced they put it in the Raptor this year. The 450hp powerplant in a smaller offroad vehicle would be a game changer for the market Jeep has dominated for years.
Jeep fans have been clamoring for a Hemi-powered Wrangler for years. Ford could beat them to the punch with an Ecoboost Ford Bronco that gets great mileage on top of everything else. Having a year or two with the Ecoboost Raptor could also quell any fears of the small twin turbo in heavy off-road conditions.
For all of us that cannot figure anything good comes from election season, we have been proven wrong. The announcement of the Bronco coming back into production is fantastic. Giving competition for the venerable Jeep Wrangler is a winner for everyone on both sides.
The possibilities are so exciting. We at Art of Gears will keep you up to date with any new information that comes out.