There are a lot of rumors hitting the internet talking about the next-generation 2020 Ford Bronco. And now, the big Detroit-based automaker promises to introduce a hybrid version for the upcoming Bronco that has become a legendary SUV in the past. Ford seems to be very serious about this strategy after the introduction of the new 2020 Escape and Explorer hybrids. That might not be just an ordinary rumor, given that Jim Hackett (CEOs of Ford Motor Company) confirmed recently during an investor meeting that the company was ready to launch the 2020 Ford Bronco hybrid.
Even though Ford might be shy to admit it by saying that they will add more hybrid variants to its entire new vehicle lineup globally until the end of this year on the North American market. As we know, several popular Ford new vehicle models are ready to come up with hybrid systems, including the all-new Explorer hybrid, 2020 Escape hybrid, and the new F-150 hybrid. Next year, Ford is also ready to launch the all-new, all-electric 2020 Mustang-inspired SUV.
Unfortunately, Ford currently is still silent about the technical specifications and hybrid systems that will be carried by the upcoming Bronco. Nevertheless, the 2020 Ford Bronco hybrid will most likely share the same hybrid powertrain with the Lincoln Aviator and 2020 Ford Explorer hybrid. The hybrid power source will come from Aviator’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine combined to an electric motor and 10-speed automatic transmission. The current Aviator powertrain “3.0L twin-turbo V6 engine” without a hybrid system is capable of producing output of up to 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Another possibility is that the 2020 Ford F-150 hybrid will underpin the upcoming Bronco hybrid, according to a credible report recently.
The 2020 Ford Bronco will share the same platform with the Ranger pickup truck, so it’s possible that Ford will also offer a hybrid version for the upcoming Ranger. In terms of mechanical specifications, the new Bronco hybrid will most likely be identical to the gas-only Bronco version, which means it will be equipped with an independent front suspension, shorter wheelbase and possibility of a coil-sprung live rear-axle.
Of course, Ford won’t stay silent while all of its main competitors play seriously in the hybrid segment. So it’s not impossible if the 2020 Ford Bronco hybrid will be set to compete with 2020 Jeep Wrangler plug-in hybrid on the US market. As we know that the upcoming Wrangler plug-in hybrid will adopt a hybrid system sourced from the current 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, consisting of a longitudinal V6 engine with 260 horsepower, electric motors, and four-wheel drive configuration.
Pricing and Release Date
Ford is still silent on price and release date, but the 2020 Ford Bronco hybrid is expected to be launched along with the gas-only Bronco around the end of this year and will go on sale next year on the North American market. As for the estimated price, the 2020 Ford Bronco (non-hybrid) is expected to reach U.S. showrooms with a starting price of around $30,000. However, all information related to prices and release dates is still confusing, considering there has been no official confirmation from Ford so far. It could be that Ford will launch a new Bronco faster than our previous expectations.