Ford talks Louisville at Detroit Auto Show

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11 January, 2017

Ford Motor Co. confirmed its Ranger midsize pickup and Bronco SUV would return to North America.

President-elect Donald Trump is touting decisions by Fiat Chrysler and Ford Motor Co.to expand plants and create new jobs in the USA, as the auto industry gathers for its annual show in Detroit.

So, now that we know Ford plans to sell a new Bronco SUV in 2020, what exactly do we know about it?

Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of Ford, revealed that the Ranger mid-sized truck will return in 2019, while the Bronco is set to debut in 2020.

Production on the Ford Bronco ended in 1996 shortly after a white Bronco was used by O.J. Simpson as a getaway vehicle during a nationally televised chase with police in California.

"The Ranger, meanwhile, will be all-new and "tailored to the needs of North American customers with unique front styling, engines and features", according to Mike Levine, Ford product communications manager for North America".

Honda officials at the show said they're also waiting to see what will happen, though they noted that 96 percent of the vehicles they sold in the US past year were assembled in their dozen American plants.

The Ford Bronco was forever ingrained in American pop culture when football superstar and actor O.J. Simpson, driven by friend Al Cowlings, attempted to allude police in a low-speed vehicle chase on a busy Los Angeles interstate.

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The Bronco will be a midsized vehicle as well, since it will share its architecture with the Ranger.

The anonymous Redditor also says the T6 Ranger would have its front end reinforced to meet tougher USA crash test regulations, and that it'd have a unique interior and drivetrain combinations.

Both Ford and Dana declined to say what style of axles the Bronco would use, namely whether they'd be solid axles. Production of Ford axles will start about a year after that.

"This is a no-compromise midsize 4x4 utility for the thrill-seekers who want freedom and off-road functionality, with the space and versatility of an SUV", he said.

While the Ranger's mission will be clear, where the Bronco will position itself in the brand's current truck lineup in the United States and in Canada remains to be seen.

There's one (unlikely) ray of hope for offroaders: the T4 Troller, a truck produced by a subsidiary of Ford in Brazil.

The last Ford Ranger built in the US was a fleet order for Orkin Pest Control, which had adopted the Ranger as a mainstay vehicle before shifting to the Tacoma.


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