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Electrifying News About Coveted '21 Ford Bronco!

During Ford's annual shareholder meeting, CEO Jim Hackett, confirmed there will be a hybrid version of the new Ford Bronco, the rugged SUV that the automaker is reviving next year. Hackett said their research shows one in five younger buyers say they would consider an electric vehicle for their next purchase. This isn’t a big surprise, as Ford’s main focus going forward is on trucks, SUVs, and commercial vehicles, and the automaker is spending $11 billion to electrify their lineup over the next four years.

The Bronco goes on sale late next year. As details trickle out, we know there will be two- and four-door models and a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive for a rugged vehicle that will take on the Jeep Wrangler, which itself offers a mildly hybridized four-cylinder version now and will be available as a plug-in in 2020. The Bronco’s doors and roof will be removable and can be cleverly stashed in the cargo hold. There will be a spare tire on the back and giant letters spelling Bronco across the front.

The Ford Bronco hybrid follows the lead of other new utility vehicles to come from the automaker, including:
  • The new 2020 Ford Escape goes on sale this fall with a choice of two turbocharged gasoline engines as well as a hybrid.

    • A plug-in hybrid Escape will follow in spring 2020.

  • The 2020 Ford Explorer goes on sale next month and choices include a turbo-four and a twin-turbo V-6, as well as a performance ST model and a hybrid.

  • The Lincoln Aviator also goes on sale this summer with a plug-in-hybrid option.

  • The 2020 Lincoln Corsair goes on sale in the fall with a gasoline engine, and a plug-in hybrid is expected to follow in its second model year

  • The EcoSport is expected to add hybrid options when it is redesigned in 2021.

  • The next Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator will need to add electric motors and batteries as well, likely in two years.

  • Same goes for the next-generation Edge as part of a 2022 redesign

The so-far unnamed “baby Bronco,” an Escape-based compact off-roader, is expected to have hybrid options. Ford has filed a trademark in the U.S. for “Scout” and “Bronco Scout,” names which may possibly refer to this model. Ford is also working on a Mustang-inspired pure electric SUV due in 2020.

“We’ve got a big commitment to electric vehicles,” Executive Chairman Bill Ford told shareholders.

Ford is also planning to launch a pickup truck based on the 2021 Bronco SUV to compete with the just-minted Jeep Gladiator. The Ford Bronco pickup truck is scheduled for production in July 2024, according to AutoForecast Solutions, which indicates design and engineering began no more than a few months before the Jeep pickup launched. That launch date would be well within the lifecycle of the upcoming 2021 Bronco. Naturally, Ford will base the pickup truck on the upcoming body-on-frame ’21 Bronco expected after mid-2020. The ’21 Ford Bronco likely will be built on some version of the next-generation Ranger’s bones, one source says, and will join that pickup in Michigan’s Wayne Assembly Plant.
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