Detroit Motor Show: Ford Bronco SUV confirmed for 2020By Fred Ferguson Jan 11, 2017
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) confirmed the worst-kept secret in Detroit on Monday: Production of the midsize Ranger pickup will begin at a MI factory late next year - and a brand-new SUV to be called the Bronco will follow about a year later. The announcement was made by the automaker at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday.
Both models will go into the Michigan Assembly Plant in the Detroit suburb of Wayne that was going to be idled by Ford's decision to move its small auto production to Mexico.
So, now that we know Ford plans to sell a new Bronco SUV in 2020, what exactly do we know about it?
A couple of Ford icons will be back on the road at the end of this decade and start of the next one as the MI automaker revealed plans to revive the Bronco and Ranger. When Ford announced last April that it would relocate assembly of the compact Focus and C-Max models to Mexico, it also revealed that it would replace those slow-selling models with two then-unspecified trucks in the Wayne, Michigan plant.
The Ford Bronco was discontinued two years after the world's most watched police chase, in 1996.
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Ford didn't release any further details about the new Bronco at the vehicle show.
The Honda Ridgeline was named truck of the year, while the Pacifica minivan from Fiat Chrysler won the award for as top utility vehicle, the first time an award was given separately for that category.
Test fleet of 20 transit-connect hybrid taxis to be tested in major cities across the U.S. As for the Bronco, Hinrichs said it will be a 4-by-4 utility vehicle "for thrill seekers who want freedom and off-road functionality with the space and versatility of an SUV".
These days, the SUV market is on fire, and the availability of a new premium SUV is worth its weight in gold.
This isn't exactly a surprise, thanks in part to a loose-lipped UAW boss letting slip earlier a year ago that the Bronco and Ranger will be built in MI. Though the truck hasn't been built for the United States in some time, Ford Australia and Mazda have been offering versions for global markets since 2011 and 1998, respectively. The vehicle has traditionally been built on an F-150 chassis, but the new Bronco would be built in the same factory as the new Ranger, which is likely to be one of the larger Rangers ("small" trucks aren't so small anymore).
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