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Ford cautiously reopens plants, but Bronco launch is still delayed
On May 18, more than 70,000 Ford employees went back to work in factories across North America, as did workers at GM and FCA. Ford had to restructure some of its manufacturing with new health safety guidelines in place, including social distancing, hand washing, and protective masks for workers. Previously, some interior assembly procedures were […] The post Ford cautiously reopens plants, but Bronco launch is still delayed appeared first on Hagerty Media.
Theisn't even on sale yet, and is already with an entry-level off-roader it calls the Bronco Sport.
Clearly styled like the Bronco, it wasn't just shrunk in the wash. Rather than the Bronco's truck architecture, theis the rugged cousin to the more carlike . This means a front-drive platform, but we expect every Bronco Sport to come standard with all-wheel drive to match its off-road looks.
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Powering that all-wheel-drive system will almost certainly be the Escape's engine lineup, including a 180-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder base engine and an optional 250-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder option. Both would use an eight-speed automatic transmission only. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains are expected in the future, following Ford's commitment to electrify its lineup in one way or another.
The off-road looks aren't just lip service, either. Ford considers the Bronco Sport a true Bronco family member, so expect improved ground clearance, short overhangs, and underbody protection compared to the Escape—not to mention Ford's Trail Control off-road cruise control technology.
Source: Ford Bronco and Mustang Could Become Their Own Sub-Brands
SUVs, sedans, coupes, convertibles are all possible in the Ford Icons group. Officially Ford is still saying it’s “too early” to talk Bronco details, but sources tell Autoweek the company is looking at turning both the Bronco and the Mustang into sub-brands, offering several models each, under what’s being called the Ford Icons group. “We have to leverage what we’re good at,” a source told Autoweek. “What are we good at? Mustangs and trucks. Mustang is a niche product with a great legacy. We need to expand on that legacy. More Broncos is a no-brainer.
We should have seen the Bronco Sport by now, but with auto shows postponed, we're just waiting for Ford to decide when and how to pull the sheet. Regardless, we think we'll see the Bronco Sport on the road by the end of the year at a starting price around $30,000.
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