The possibility of a new Ford Bronco being built at the automaker’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan has resurfaced, as the Detroit Free Press revisited the ongoing argument between presidential candidate Donald Trump and Ford Motor Company around the concept of production in the country of Mexico.
“I think Trump needs to get his facts straight,” says UAW Local 900 Plant Chairman Bill Johnson of the Michigan Assembly Plant. “He is absolutely beating up on Ford for doing what everybody else has already done.” He went on to say: “We hate to see the products go to Mexico, but with the Ranger and the Bronco coming to Michigan Assembly that absolutely secures the future for our people a lot more than the Focus does.”
This is the first time that we’ve seen it stated so candidly that a new Ford Bronco would indeed be coming to the United States, although we’ll wait for a formal announcement before throwing a party. Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant currently builds the Ford Focus compact and C-MAX MPV, both of which are slated to move to the automaker’s new San Luis Potosi small-car plant in 2018.
Rumors and common sense maintain that the next Ford Bronco will be a body-on-frame SUV built on the same platform as the next Ranger, with both the Ford Everest and Brazil’s Troller T4 being pointed to as possible indicators of how the new off-road vehicle could look.