The off-roader will be launched alongside a new small SUV, which is set to be Ford's rival to the Jeep Renegade, as the firm bids to 'reclaim' the off-road vehicle market.
The two new machines were confirmed as part of a major model SUV offensive for the North American market that will involve Ford relloacting $7bn of capital (£5bn) from cars to SUVs. Ford has not revealed details of either, but the company's global markets president Jim Farley said: “Ford helped start the off-road phenomenon and has majored in off-road capability for decades – from the Bronco to the Raptor. Now, we’re ready to reclaim our rightful place as the off-road vehicle leader.”
Confirmed at the Detroit motor show last year, the future Bronco is described as a "no compromise midsize 4x4”, suggesting it’ll be more rugged than Ford’s current SUV offerings. It’ll be built on the same platform as the next-generation Ranger pick-up, which is due to arrive in 2019.