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Chinese Ford Bronco Production May Begin Next Month

With Ford’s Chinese joint-venture – JMC Ford – shifting its focus more toward pickups and off-road SUVs in that country, the automaker will soon add both the Ford Ranger pickup and Ford Bronco SUV to its lineup there. The Chinese Ford Bronco won’t look much different than the American version, as Ford Authority previously reported, save for a few minor tweaks designed to help it better resonate with customers when it launches, which is expected to happen at some point this spring. Now, according to Bronco Nation, the Chinese Ford Bronco is expected to enter production next month, which falls right in line with that timeline.

Ford Bronco Ministry of Industry and Information Technology China - Exterior 003 - Rear

In China, the Ford Bronco is expected enter production as soon as next month, though a specific date hasn’t yet been locked in. The Blue Oval plans to produce the SUV locally as a way to significantly cut costs when compared to exporting it from the U.S., and that seems to be the case. In fact, the Chinese-built Bronco is slated to start out at ¥300,000, or $41,243, which is far cheaper than the ¥700,000-1,200,000 or $96,233-$164,971 imported versions retail for.

However, Chinese Ford Bronco customers won’t have quite as many options as their American counterparts, as the rugged model will be offered in four-door guise only, with a trim level lineup consisting of the Outer Banks, Badlands, and Everglades. The same goes for engine options, as customers have just one – the turbocharged 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost, which makes less power than its U.S. counterpart – 271 horsepower and 336 pound-feet of torque versus 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet.

Ford Bronco Ministry of Industry and Information Technology China - Exterior 001 - Front Three Quarters

In terms of styling variances, the Chinese Bronco will be slightly wider and taller than the U.S. version, equipped with squared-off fender flares, “Ford” lettering on the front grille, deleted trail sights, “Bronco” script under the Blue Oval on the tailgate, and the presence of the Jiangling logo beneath the bucking bronco emblem out back. Inside the cabin, the Chinese Bronco Badlands features a stitched dashboard and center console, too.

We’ll have more on the Bronco soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Bronco news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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