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Old 07-16-2019, 06:53 AM   #1
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Ford Bronco Pickup Allegedly Coming To Take On Jeep Gladiator


A bizarre rumor suggests that the upcoming Ford Bronco might get a pickup variant, which is odd because the model already uses the underpinnings of the Ranger truck. The Blue Oval allegedly intends this variant of the Bronco to go into production in July 2024. Automobile first reported on this model's development citing information from industry research firm AutoForecast Solutions.

The Bronco pickup would allegedly have a four-door body with a small bed in the back. Since the standard Bronco reportedly has removable roof panels, this truck version likely would too. The ability to enjoy open-air driving would make the Ford even more of a competitor against the Jeep Gladiator, which has similar topless motoring capability.

The standard version of the Bronco reportedly debuts in mid-2020, and production allegedly begins in January 2021 at Ford's factory in Wayne, Michigan. The powertrain at launch should come straight from the Ranger pickup by using a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 270 horsepower (201 kilowatts) and 310 pound-feet (420 Newton-meters) of torque running through a 10-speed automatic. Spy shots indicate that a hybrid model is already under development, and company boss Jim Hackett also seems to confirm it.

A vehicle along the lines of a Bronco Raptor is also highly rumored. The current speculation suggests the model would use a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 or a naturally aspirated V8.

Given their structural similarities, there would be nothing preventing Ford from offering any of these powertrains on the pickup version of the Bronco. However, don't expect the company to show its cards anytime soon about the plans for the truck.
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:38 AM   #2
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The Ford Ranger Bronco Ranger?
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:39 AM   #3
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Basing a truck off of an SUV that's based off of their midsize truck is just dumb enough that it'll basically print money for them.
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:03 PM   #4
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Pickup truck? Ford?

I'm out.
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:19 PM   #5
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The Ford Ranger Bronco Ranger?
Bronco Ranger II
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:08 PM   #6
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Pickup truck? Ford?

I'm out.
I know right? They only make the best selling pickup for the last how many years now?
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:57 AM   #7
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This will probably be the most interesting thing youíll read all day today: we just captured a rather curious test mule at the Ford Research and Development Center in Dearborn. The funny-looking pickup truck is wearing a heavily-modified body of the current-generation Chevrolet Colorado, but itís testing at the Ford Providing Grounds, making us wonder what the heck is going on.

While this mule was driving on the roads outside Fordís proving grounds, it was accompanied by a right-hand-drive Ford Everest Ė a Ford SUV not sold in North America, but one thatís based on the same Ford T6 platform as the current Ford Ranger. Notably, the Ford Ranger is what Ford is thought to be deriving the new Ford Bronco from. Keep that in the back of your head as we continue this report.

As for the mule itself, it has a much shorter wheelbase compared to the Colorado thatís currently in production. In addition, the cab and bed on the Colorado are usually two pieces, but in this instance, the bed has been shortened and reportedly riveted to the cab of the truck. In other words, this is no typical Colorado. In fact, we donít think itís a Chevrolet or GM product whatsoever.

The reason we think it unlikely that this is a GM product borrowing time at the Ford proving grounds are the manufacturer license plates. Ford buys these plates from the state in bulk and then hands them out as needed for its testing vehicles. The plates used on the Colorado mule and its Everest support vehicle are only 11 digits apart Ė 066m139 and 066m128, respectively. This indicates they are from the same sequence of plates, and were therefore purchased by Ford. Thereís no reason for a GM/Chevrolet prototype to wear a Ford manufacturer license plate.

If that doesnít convince you, then consider this: GM is highly unlikely to have a right-hand-drive, foreign market only Ford Everest SUV in the States that it would use as a support vehicle for testing at a Ford facility.

Now, some have surmised that this strange Colorado-looking thing is actually a Ford Courier test mule. The Ford Courier, for those who havenít yet heard, is an upcoming Ford pickup of compact dimensions rolling on a unibody architecture to slot underneath the Ranger.

Having seen the Ford Courier test mule that we caught last year, we can surely say that this ainít it. Instead, what we see here is a ladder frame peaking out from underneath the front and sides of the test mule. We canít rule out that the frame is part of the vertical test rig meant for rollover testing, but it sure as heck looks like a normal truck frame to us, indicating this is a body-on-frame vehicle.

Keeping all that in mind, we think that what weíre looking at here is a very well-camouflaged Ford Bronco test mule. Hence, Ford using a body from a competitorís vehicle to hide a test mule for one of its future vehicles is the equivalent of next-level camo. Itís possible that using the body of a Chevrolet is likely to divert attention away from Ford and its Bronco initiative in response to all that negative feedback the original Bronco mule received.

We mentioned the vertical poles attached to the front and rear. They are outriggers that get dropped down for stability testing purposes. Our spy told us that this mule went on to perform aggressive stability testing with the outriggers engaged (descended) at Fordís proving grounds, as can be seen in our zoomed-in photos.







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LMAO, that is f'in terrible. It should be offered in yellow only
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Literally kicking myself and gouging my eyes out after seeing this... I've lost all faith in humanity and the auto industry...
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there is no rumor THEY ARE making a new bronco...
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:14 PM   #11
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gotta admit that why they would use a GM truck to disguise the platform is outside of any crazy theory my brain wants to entertain.

just get that Wrangler competitor here soon.
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