Should You Worry about the U.S. Ranger and Bronco Catching Fire?
Now that you’ve read beyond the answer to the post title’s question, let’s go into some detail. It’s been reported that several Ford Ranger and Everest models in Australia have caught fire and burned to a crisp. One of those cases involved an automotive journalist on a media drive.
It’s not unreasonable to wonder if those same issues will plague the upcoming U.S. launch of the Ford Ranger and revived Ford Bronco? Remember, the Everest and Ranger in Australia use the same engine, after all.
No. The new Ranger and Bronco that will be sold in the United States (and presumably to a global market) will be of an all-new design on an all-new platform. While it is possible for any vehicle to catch fire, it’s unlikely that if there is an issue with the current models that it’d be carried over to the new one.
Also, for us in the United States, diesel engines aren’t extremely popular in anything other than the heavy duty pickup truck segment. We’ve already speculated that the versions we get will be dominated by EcoBoost engines, which these days are rock-solid reliable.
So while Fords catching fire is always a concern, there is absolutely no reason to believe any of this will carry over to the version that goes on sale in the United States in the next few years.
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