Earlier this month, Ford Authority reported on an interesting revelation found in the 2021 Ford Bronco owner’s manual. As we discovered, there is a section titled “Hybrid Battery Systems” that seemed to confirm that a plug-in hybrid version of the Ford Bronco exists. However, as it turns out, this may not be the case. A Ford Authority analysis of various 2021 MY vehicle manuals indicates that this inclusion may have been a printing error on Ford’s part.
Interestingly, this same text regarding Hybrid Battery Systems can be found in the Ford Edge owner’s manual on page 317, which can be viewed here. This is notable because there is no Edge hybrid model currently on sale, nor is it clear if one is planned for the future, especially since the next-gen Edge has already reportedly been canceled. Furthermore, these tips on vehicle storage apply only to electrified models – not their ICE-powered counterparts.
Other 2021 Ford model owner’s manuals do not contain the Hybrid Battery Systems section, however, including the Ford EcoSport (seen here) and Ford Mustang (which can be found here) manuals. Thus, its inclusion in both the 2021 Ford Bronco owner’s manual and the Edge’s manual seems like an error. However, we do know that a Bronco PHEV is happening, likely for the 2023 model year.
As Ford Authority reported back in March, a Ford Bronco Raptor (formerly known as the Ford Bronco Warthog) prototype was spied with an orange high voltage (HV) cable, typically used in hybrid vehicles, underneath the vehicle. Additionally, Ford CEO Jim Farley recently hinted that an all-electric version of the Bronco could be in the works as well. Add in the fact that the Bronco’s Ford T6 platform-mate – the Ford Ranger – will be available with a PHEV powertrain by 2025, and an electrified Bronco seems inevitable.