At the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this week, Ford officially announced that the Ford Ranger mid-size pickup would return to the North American market in the coming years, and with it, a Ford Bronco SUV built upon the same platform.
The announcement was anything but surprising, as rumors regarding the return of the Ranger and Bronco nameplates to North America began circulating as early as August, 2015.
What is surprising is that according to Ford Chief Technical Officer Raj Nair, the forthcoming Ford Bronco will not simply be a tweaked version of the Ford Everest SUV – the vehicle pictured above, which is based on the current Ford Ranger and aimed mostly at the Asia Pacific and South American markets. As Carscoops reports, Mr. Nair told Autoline‘s John McElroy that the 2020 Ford Bronco will be distinct from the Everest, although both will share the next-generation Ranger’s platform.
“It’s a separate vehicle. It will be an incremental vehicle from the Everest,” Nair told McElroy. Like the Ranger and the Everest, it will feature body-on-frame construction for a focus on “off-road capability,” but allegedly, will amount to more than just a simple rebadge.
As for its size, Ford’s CTO says the new Ford Bronco “will be based off the Ranger platform and so it’s going to be a similarly-sized vehicle to what you see in the Ranger.” The truck in its current iteration is “a bit bigger than the Ranger we used to have here in the US, so I would say it’s kind of in-between in what you saw with that really big Bronco [in the 1990s], and then the smaller [first-generation] Bronco.”