New Bronco Could Have a Hybrid Option in Its Future

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Possible hybrid Bronco would join other Ford offerings of the same sort, including the Escape and Explorer hybrids.

The future is only over half a year away, and it’s looking pretty bright for Ford’s lineup of trucks, SUVs, and crossovers. Already, there are hybrid versions of the Explorer and Escape coming later this year, and a hybrid F-150 in 2020. What else could top that news?

A hybrid Bronco, perhaps? Autoblog got word from an earnings call that such a thing could be coming down the line soon, but wanted some confirmation from Ford itself.

Ford Off-Road Small Utility

The story begins with a tweet from an Automotive News writer who claimed Ford CEO Jim Hackett confirmed the hybrid Bronco during an investor meeting held May 9. When Autoblog reached out to Ford to confirm the confirmation, though, the publication got a different story.

Ford Explorer Hybrid

“We are on track to electrify our most popular vehicles,” said an unnamed Ford representative, “including launching the all-new Ford Explorer and Ford Escape hybrids this year along with the new F-150 hybrid in 2020. We also are on track to launch our all-new, all-electric Mustang-inspired SUV next year. We’ll have more news to share about additional electric and hybrid vehicles in North America and globally later this year.”

Autoblog believes the hybrid Bronco would arrive at the same time as the non-hybrid model, and would use the same hybrid powertrain as the Explorer and Lincoln Aviator hybrids, which includes a 10-speed automatic and an electric motor. The off-road pony would be pitted against the Jeep Wrangler plug-in hybrid, which is scheduled to hit showrooms in 2020. We live in interesting times.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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