Ford-UAW pact reveals plans for new Ranger, Bronco
Ford will revive its Ranger compact pickup truck and rugged Bronco SUV as part of its latest contract agreement with the United Auto Workers union. Both models will be produced in the United States.
Ford’s tentative labor pact with the UAW contained the usual bullet points, like higher signing bonuses and a plan to create and keep jobs, but buried in the print was a more interesting tidbit for the general public — Ford has committed to bringing back both the Ranger and the Bronco.
According to the documents, which were spotted by USA Today, Ford will build the Ranger and Bronco at its Michigan Assembly Plant. That facility currently makes the Ford Focus and C-Max, but production of those vehicle will be shifted to a new location in 2018. It’s likely that Ranger production will start shortly thereafter, with the Bronco set to enter production before 2020.
Last sold in the U.S. in 2012, the new Ranger will give Ford a new entrant into the suddenly surging mid-size pickup truck market. Since exiting the market three years ago, General Motors has totally revamped its small pickup truck line with its latest Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and Honda will soon launch an all-new version of its Ridgeline small truck. Toyota has also stepped up its game with a new Tacoma for 2016.
The Bronco will likely ride on a version of the Ranger’s chassis and target vehicles like the Toyota 4Runner and Jeep Wrangler. Ford last sold the Bronco on these shores in 1996.