New Bronco Could Have a Hybrid Option in Its Future
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.
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.
“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.