It was reported in August that Ford may revive the Ford Bronco 2-door SUV that was discontinued in 1996 and re-introduce the Ford Ranger pickup truck to the U.S. market. Now a report from Detroit Free Press suggests that the tentative agreement between Ford and the United Auto Workers (UAW) could lead to the Ford Bronco making a comeback and the Ford Ranger being re-introduced in the U.S. market.
In case the Bronco and Ranger return to US soil, both will be built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant. This would fill the void left by the Focus and C-Max range, as their assembly will be stopped here in 2018. The production of the next-gen Ford Focus and C-Max range will be moved to Mexico.
According to the aforementioned report, the all-new Ford Bronco will be a mid-size SUV like the Ford Explorer. It will be based on a pickup truck platform and be tougher than the latter. Production however is not expected to start before 2020, according to a source.
The Ford Explorer was sold in the U.S. until 2011 and is currently a key product in global markets other than North America including Asia-Pacific, Australia, Europe, South America and Africa which import this model from Thailand. It has an SUV version too, called the Ford Everest, but that shouldn’t be expected to ride along.
[Source: Detroit Free Press]