For decades, the Ford Bronco and Ranger used to thunder off the Detroit assembly line and onto the highways and dirt roads all across West Valley City, Utah. But after a combined 24 years of production silence, the two Bronco and Ranger were announced to be going back into production and sold at Ford dealers sometime soon.
The news came unexpectedly from Bill Johnson, the plant chairman for the United Auto Workers in Wayne, Michigan. Earlier in October during the first presidential debate, republican candidate Donald Trump said that companies like Ford are moving the production of vehicles like the Ford Focus to Mexico in order to cut down costs. The move to Mexico would mean that hundreds of Americans working the assembly line would lose their jobs.
Johnson said that the Ford Focus is moving to Mexico, but that doesn’t mean workers are losing their jobs.
“We hate to see the products go to Mexico, but with the Ranger and the Bronco coming to Michigan Assembly that absolutely secures the future for our people a lot more than the Focus does,” Johnson said to Detroit Free Press after the debate.
By fact checking Trump, Johnson slipped that Ford is working on a new Bronco and Ranger, and although new information is scarce, there are still some facts about the cars that’s been revealed.
What We Know About the Ranger
The Ranger hasn’t been in production in the United States since 2012, but it’s still being made Thailand, South Africa and Thailand and sold in dozens of international markets. The new Ranger is expected to be a more compact pickup truck that’ll compete against the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline. Car and Driver expects the new Ranger beat the Chevy Colorado Diesel for having the best fuel economy for a midsize pickup.
A leaked contract from the United Auto Workers shared that the Ranger will probably start production in 2018.
What We Know About the Bronco
The potential specs on the new Bronco are a little more abstract than the Ranger.
In 1996, the Bronco was essentially a Ford F150 but in the form of an off road SUV. With the Ranger going into production approximately the same time as the Bronco, it might be possible that the Bronco will be off road version of the Ranger.
As with the Ranger, the leaked contract from UAW suggests that the Bronco will be built after the ranger, but in time for a 2020 release.
But whenever these cars come back, we’ll be ready to take them on an exhilarating test drive.