We typically learn this information much closer to a release as Ford spends time determining the exact costs and observing the competition. At a press conference today, Ford announced that it will bring the Bronco and Ranger nameplates back to the United States starting in 2019.
Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said both vehicles will be built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne. It will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.
The hybrid F-150 pickup truck will be sold in North America and the Middle East for starters.
The Michigan Assembly Plant has been the center of some recent controversy: It's where the compact Focus is now built, and Ford has said the next-generation Focus will be built in Mexico.
Both Ford and Dana declined to say what style of axles the Bronco would use, namely whether they'd be solid axles. It will be based on a completely redesigned version of the midsize truck already in production in Thailand and several other overseas Ford plants.
"The Ranger, meanwhile, will be all-new and "tailored to the needs of North American customers with unique front styling, engines and features", according to Mike Levine, Ford product communications manager for North America". We don't know (officially) anything about what either vehicle will look like.
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First news of the Bronco's return leaked out previous year during the US Presidential election campaign when a union official came to the defence of Ford boss Mark Fields. "I'm very hopeful as we enter this new administration that we are going to have a great dialogue". President-elect Donald Trump leveraged criticism at the US automaker for moving small auto production to Mexico, a decision that has since changed.
"We haven't announced that yet", Ford chairman Bill Ford told motoring.com.au. The last SUV models produced in the 90s introduced some safety measures that made it harder to detach the top of the truck.
As for right-hand-drive production or other markets in which the Bronco could be sold, Ford is refusing to reveal its options.
But what about the Bronco?
The T6 platform on which the Bronco will be based was created in Australia and will be further developed for the next Ranger and new Bronco. Think less two-door brick, more off-road Ford Edge.