The proposed contract with the UAW and Ford took only three days to hammer out. There have been all sorts of details about Ford’s plans that have slipped out thanks to contract details that have gone public. We have talked about some of these details, including the fact that the Kansas City Assembly plant will receive a $400 million investment from Ford.
Some other details that have surfaced from the contract include that the Dearborn Stamping plant will receive a $100 million investment. The plant will continue to make stampings/hydroforming and sub-assemblies for the F-150 truck. The facility will also handle stamping and hydroforming for the all-new Super Duty pickup. Stampings for the Expedition/Navigator will also continue at the factory.
The new tidbit comes in a UAW publication that shows stampings for the all-new Bronco will be added to the facility. This is key because the bodies for the Expedition/Navigator and F-150 are made from aluminum. The addition of the Bronco stampings to the facility indicates that the Ford Bronco will use an aluminum body.
Using aluminum rather than steel means a lighter Bronco that has less to push around, giving the Bronco better performance and better fuel economy compared to using a steel body. Ford moved to aluminum bodies for these reasons with the F-150 years ago. Ford avoided going to aluminum for the Explorer by using a mix of different types of steel to save weight and increase strength. Other than being lighter, aluminum will not rust like steel panels.
Ford showed off the Bronco R Race Prototype and said that the vehicle hints at what the production Bronco will look like. Ford has also recently confirmed that the Bronco would be unveiled in the Spring of 2020.