The Michigan-based automotive company is planning to develop a pickup truck based on the popular Bronco SUV. The main reason for this is the company’s aspirations to compete with the brand-new Jeep Gladiator. According to some sources and company reports, the Ford Bronco Pickup Truck will make a debut in July 2024. So, with that info, we expect that the design and engineering will begin a couple of months before the release of the Gladiator pickup.
Also, some sources claim that the next-gen Ranger Raptor is under development. The Raptor will be based on the midsize pickup concept. On top of that, the Focus-based unibody 2021 Ford Courier is on the way as well. So, after the release of these upcoming models, the company will launch the Bronco pickup truck.
Ford Bronco Pickup Truck Design and Engine
The famous 1960s Bronco was a small, two-door single cab truck. At the time, it was one of the most popular vehicles in the USA. Now, the forthcoming Bronco-based pickup will deliver a four-door double cab. In a way, it will be very similar to the Explorer SportTrac models. So, we might see a shorter bed behind the cab, than the one in the Jeep Gladiator. Also, Ford will probably install some of the Bronco SUV features on the pickup truck, as well. That features include similar engine specs, an available hybrid unit, and removable doors.
Moreover, similar to the Wrangler, the Bronco SUV will include a two-door variant. Of course, Ford will build the pickup truck on the innovative body-on-frame platform, and not on the Escape-based unibody. The pickup will be made in Michigan’s Wayne Assembly Plant, the same as the 2021 Bronco SUV. The SUV version will probably carry the Bronco Scout nameplate. Under the hood of Bronco, pickup will be the same engine from the Ranger model.
It is a 2.3liter turbocharged four-cylinder mill, which produces 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The Ford Bronco pickup engine is connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, one of the leading figures in Ford’s hierarchy, Mr. Jim Hackett, recently confirmed that the hybrid variant is already under development. Also, expect to see a new Raptor, with a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6, or naturally aspirated V8 powertrain under the bonnet.
What To Expect From This Segment In The Future?
After the General Motors re-launch the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon for the Nort American markets, we expect to see the generated market offerings for Ram 1500, Ford F-150, and Chevy Silverado.
Also, the Ford Bronco pickup will compete directly with the Jeep Gladiator. Moreover, the FCA announced that the Ram would get a new, modern, Dakota-like midsize pickup. That vehicle will be able to compete with more conventional trucks like Colorado, Ranger, or Canyon, as well as the mainstream Tacoma and Nissan Frontier.