After the Ranger returns to the United States in 2018 and Maverick debuts next year, it looks like Ford will be upgrading its truck game with a Bronco-based pickup. A new report from Automotive magazine claims the off-road SUV will gain a bed by mid-2024, which would make it a 2025MY.
Although it’s a long way off, Blue Oval is keen to ramp up model development and push the launch date back to 2022. Ideally, competitor Jeep Gladiator will end in 2023MY, with all the off-road goodies of the SUV. Expect GOAT Riding Modes, the Sasquatch Pack, and pretty much the same wide variety of trim levels.
Much like Jeep does with the Wrangler-based Gladiator, Ford apparently wants to sell the exclusively four-door Bronco truck, at a base price of around $ 30,000. A fully loaded limited-edition first edition in the same spirit as the hugely popular special version of the Bronco SUV is planned, but it will cost you around double the entry-level model.
Engine-wise, the bed-equipped Bronco is expected to feature the familiar 2.3-liter four-cylinder and 2.7-liter six-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engines. The report goes on to mention that Bronco Raptor’s 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6, which has yet to be confirmed, won’t be coming to the pickup, but don’t worry, because something even beefier is up. apparently on the agenda. Rumor has it that a 5.0-liter V8 is destined for the flagship Bronco truck, although that remains to be seen.
Gearboxes will include the usual suspects, namely the seven-speed manual and 10-speed automatic. If a V8-powered Bronco pickup is indeed the order of the day, it will likely come exclusively with a two-pedal setup.
A Bronco truck would be an interesting move by Ford given the risk of cannibalization of Ranger sales. The latter is expected to switch to a new generation next year and get a Raptor derivative for the United States powered by a 325-horsepower 2.7-liter V6, but nothing is official yet.