We’re still waiting for the full specs on Ford’s next-generation Bronco, but a new report says a Bronco pickup might also be on the way.
News of the development comes from our friends at Automobile and AutoForecast Solutions, and if they’re correct, we could see a Bronco pickup as soon as the 2022 model year. The vehicle would be squarely aimed at the new Jeep Gladiator, which has been a hit with both fans and the automotive press.
Like all reports of this nature, it should be taken with a large dose of salt, but we think there’s good reason to suspect a cargo-friendly version of the hotly anticipated SUV is in the works. Even more exciting is the idea of Raptor versions of both the standard Bronco and pickup, which is also mentioned.
Making Raptor Broncos would go a long way toward sating the demands of stateside fans that were disappointed in the fact that as of yet, there are no plans to bring the Ranger Raptor to our shores — even though it’s on sale in other parts of the world.
As far as the Bronco goes, we still have far more questions than answers. But the teaser image shows that we can expect Ford’s new baby to share the brink-like lines of its much-loved predecessor. And a leak to a Canadian auto parts retailer’s database appeared to show that base versions of the new Bronco will sport the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine currently available in the Ranger.
For what it’s worth, we’re still hoping a six — or even an eight — cylinder engine shows up on the options list, since given how crazy the power figures have gotten for modern vehicles, 270 horsepower isn’t exactly a show-stopping amount of poke.
Stay tuned for news about the Bronco, and you’re looking to experience the new Ranger, F-150, or Raptor, head over to your local AutoNation Ford dealer today!