It's been nearly 20 years since the last Ford Bronco rolled off the production line. Since then, the two-door, rough-and-tumble 4x4 has become something of a rarity (save for the Jeep Wrangler). Similarly, it's getting harder and harder to find an affordable, sensibly-sized pickup truck since the Ranger ended production in 2012—though alternatives are out there.
The reported today that the Ford Ranger and Bronco could return to the US by "no later than 2020," according to details in a proposed UAW contract that will soon go up for vote. Included in the new product investments commitment is the mid-sized Ranger pickup—currently built in South America and not exported—and a Bronco revival.
The new product investments include a commitment by Ford to bring its Ranger midsize pickup back to America and to revive the storied Bronco nameplate. Both would be built at the Michigan Assembly Plant which will stop making the Ford Focus and C-Max families of vehicles there in 2018.Production of the Bronco is expected to start after the Ranger and no later than 2020, according to a person briefed on the agreement who was not authorized to speak publicly.
While this is by no means a guarantee—we've been faked-out by Ford before when it comes to news of a Bronco return—it's a promising rumor for pickup and 4x4 fans. Let's hope that, if a new Bronco materializes, it bears some resemblance to the gorgeous first-generation example depicted above.