Baby Bronco May Be Built In Mexico

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We’ve heard a lot about the Baby Bronco, sometimes known as the Bronco Scout, in recent months. Ford filed a trademark for the Bronco Scout name in April of 2019 and then abandoned the trademark in September. Whatever the smaller Bronco ends up being called, we know that it will use a version of the Ford Escape platform.

A report from a supplier in Mexico claims that the Bronco Scout will be built in Mexico. Ford is reportedly opening space in the Hermosillo complex in Sonora for the Transit van and the baby Bronco SUV. We already know that the smaller Bronco will be a more ruggedly styled and off-road-friendly version of the Ford Escape.

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The vehicle will have a taller ride height than the Escape, along with a more square appearance and a more vertical windshield. A body shell was seen in images a while back that claimed to be a body for the baby Bronco. Reports indicate that suppliers are already assembling parts for the new vehicle.

A Spanish manufacturer of chassis and body components called Gestamp has confirmed that it will manufacture parts for the Edge and Escape platforms in San Luis Potosí. A Ford product manager for Gestamp at the San Luis Potosí plant has said in the past that the facility would make parts of the Escape platform, which is what the Bronco Scout will use.

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At the time, the manager said that he believed the production of the new models would begin at the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021 as it took time to modify the plant for the new production. Rumors have suggested that the baby Bronco will launch before the Ranger-based Bronco set for production in the States.

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Source: Automotive News Mexico

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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      • you’d be surprised how little is required to get a “made in us” sticker. US millitary vehicles and all attached accessories and components have very very strict country of origin standards. The parts MUST be made in the usa. Not just assembled, not just created, but also designed. Not a single component is allowed to be designed or manufactured outside of the US. Foreign nationals are not allowed to be within a certain distance of where the components are manufactured either.
        You will not see a Ford in the US service. They may be “made in the US” enough for the average Joe but not enough for the US millitary. if you want a truly american small-midsize offroader, then look at the M1161 Growler. You can buy them from government surplus auctions for between $5k – $10k.

        • It’s not really that strict. Our military orders are typically for machines we only build in China, so most of the parts are just shipped over in a container and assembled here. Our standard machines are much more US sourced than our military builds actually.

        • Well there’s actually a pretty good legal precedent about what can be labeled “Made in USA”. https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/complying-made-usa-standard

          Anyway, it may be sacrilege in some circles but I don’t mind that cars aren’t 100% US made. I prefer cars that were made in the US with a decent amount of US parts to support our economy, but I accept that we live in a global world and you’re going to get stuff from all over in the interest of both cost and quality. I do try to avoid China for a multitude of reasons, but that isn’t always easy when it comes to things like electronics.

  1. Ford has done a good job with their US factory utilization, so this product simply went where it could fit given the imminent demise of the Fusion.

    • Jerry Diaz, President of Canada’s auto union UNFOR, is more than a little worried about the UAW contracts specifying certain levels US production for the contract period. Flex and MKZ production has ceased and the Edge has one foot in the grave. Lotta empty conveyor line in Oakville soon.

  2. They should build it in the same plant as the Escape. Once this comes out, I see the wimpy looking Escape sales dropping, so they should have room there..

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