The 2021 Ford Bronco will share underpinnings with the next-gen Ranger, but having one midsize pickup truck offering apparently isn’t good enough for Ford. Our Friends at Automobile just learned that the Blue Oval is planning to launch a pickup version of the Bronco to compete with the Jeep Gladiator.
Our colleagues’ intel comes from AutoForecast Solutions, which says the Bronco pickup is scheduled to begin production in July 2024, a few years after the launch of the 2021 Bronco SUV. That could coincide with the Bronco’s midcycle refresh. Beyond that, not much is known about the upcoming Bronco pickup. Like the Gladiator, expect the truck variant of the Bronco to be off-road-focused with more ground clearance and suspension travel compared to the Ranger. Also expect a crew cab body style like the Gladiator. We think the Bronco SUV will be offered in both two-and four-door configurations, but at any rate those doors will be removable.
One of the Bronco’s engine options is said to be an EcoBoost 2.3-liter turbo-four similar to the one found in the current Ranger. In that application, the engine makes 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque and pairs exclusively to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Bronco will also offer a hybrid drivetrain, though no details on that option are known.