This week a UAW representative let it slip that Ford plans on building a new Bronco SUV at its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. The return of the legendary Bronco is great news for car fans of all sorts and for Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts, it means they may soon see a new type of vehicle out on their off-road excursions.
New of the Bronco’s return was divulged by UAW Local 900 Plant Chairman Bill Johnson, who works at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant. Johnson let the product knowledge slip while he was defending Ford against statements made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who put the company on blast for moving production jobs to Mexico.
“I think Trump needs to get his facts straight,” Johnson said. “He is absolutely beating up on Ford for doing what everybody else has already done.”
“We hate to see the products go to Mexico, but with the Ranger and the Bronco coming to Michigan Assembly that absolutely secures the future for our people a lot more than the Focus does,” he added.
Little is known about the new Bronco. If the SUV were to follow in the footsteps of the original, it would be a two-door body-on-frame SUV with good off-road capability, much like the Jeep Wrangler. Experts think it will be more of a run-of-the mill SUV, however, pulling inspiration from the Ford Everest.
Whether it looks like the Ford Bronco concept of 2004 or the more pedestrian Ford Everest, there’s one thing that’s for sure: the inbound Bronco will have the engineers over at Jeep on notice.