After deflecting comments for more than a year, Ford has finally confirmed what we all basically knew.
The Ford Bronco and Ranger will once again be sold in the U.S., Ford announced at the North American International Auto Show on Monday.
“We’ve heard our customers loud and clear. They want a new generation of vehicles that are incredibly capable yet fun to drive,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas, said. “Ranger is for truck buyers who want an affordable, functional, rugged and maneuverable pickup that’s Built Ford Tough. Bronco will be a no-compromise midsize 4×4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city.”
The news comes as little surprise, considering a United Automobile Workers chairman accidentally confirmed in October that the models would make a comeback.
Interestingly, the Bronco will buck the modern trend — no pun intended — of unibody vehicle construction, according to Jalopnik. Bill Ford reportedly revealed the off-roader will instead use a body-on-frame layout.
Ford will reportedly sell the Bronco in global markets starting in 2020, and it will be produced at the company’s assembly plant in Wayne, Mich. The Ranger is currently sold in other markets, but the next-generation of the compact pickup is expected return to the North American market in 2019.
We wonder if O.J. Simpson already put his name in for a white Bronco.
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