Ford Confirms New Ranger and New Bronco for 2019 and 2020

Sure enough, Ford confirmed that is where the two models will be built in a brief announcement during its Detroit Auto Show press conference.

After years of waiting, it is officially now confirmed that Ford will take all efforts to release the Bronco SUV by 2020 and the Ranger Truck by 2019. "As the full-size pickups have grown, there is room now for that midsize pickup, which is just a little bit smaller", says Ford's President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs.

The Ranger is a medium-sized pickup that last appeared in North America in 2011; it is, however, still being built in Thailand, South Africa, and Argentina for a world market outside of Canada and the US, where it competes with the Volkswagen Amarok and Toyota Hilux, two other trucks not seen on our shores. "Bronco will be a no-compromise midsize 4×4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city", said John Hinrich's Ford's regional President.

Ford officials revealed the news during a conference call Jan.9. Elsewhere in the world, the manufacturer offers a gasoline 2.5-litre four, a turbo-diesel 2.2-litre four as well as a 3.2-litre turbo-diesel five-cylinder engine.

The F-150 will also feature the military-grade aluminum alloy body, pre-collision assist and pedestrian detection technology, a Wi-Fi hotspot and the "expanded availability of segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission".

For Ford CEO Mark Fields, the ultimate vision is to help make people's lives better by "changing the way the world moves". The new 2018 F-150 goes on sale this fall. The truck is also to get a B&O audio system. In 2015, both Bloomberg and The Detroit News reported that Ford's product planning team was considering the two models for a comeback.

With this news, it is only a matter of time before more renderings and teasers will be drawn up. The all-new Bronco will be assembled in Wayne, Michigan, on the same line with the 2019 Ranger. Other plans include a high-volume, fully autonomous SAE level 4-capable vehicle.

Essentially, it sounds like Ford is using the USA return of the Ranger and Bronco as an experiment. The concern, said John Mendel, Honda's top American executive, is what any new import barriers might mean for future growth. The expansion will create 2,000 new jobs. To recap, the Ranger that will return to the US market in 2019 will be largely based on the mid-size pickup of the same name that's now sold in Europe and elsewhere.

  • Latoya Cobb