Ford Bronco and Ranger officially returning to North America

2016 Ford Ranger pickup truck

Ford also unveiled the new F-150 pickup truck Monday and announced it will expand its Chariot ride-sharing service to eight cities. This contradicted the hopes of many, who believed that the next Bronco would be a large, F150-based body-on-frame vehicle, so when I made my guess that it would be a smaller, unibody SUV - some people insisted that I was wrong. It said a hybrid version of the truck is under development.

While Ford stopped building and selling the Ranger in the U.S.in 2011, an all-new version made its debut that year and is now sold in many markets around the world (including Europe and China).

The Ranger will debut in 2019, while the Bronco will come in 2020, Ford said Monday. That's longer than the 184-inch length of the current four-door Jeep Wrangler-perhaps the Bronco's most natural competition-though the two vehicles are almost identical in width. The Bronco had to either be modified for the new platform, or the company would have to maintain the old platform for an SUV that was struggling to sell.

I expect that we'll see the USA -bound Ranger at a major auto show sometime next winter. At one point, the St. Paul plant was producing 20 percent of Ford's trucks, working two 10-hour shifts, according to the book "The Ford Century in Minnesota" published past year by Brian McMahon. Plus, four-door only, and it won't take any styling cues from classic Broncos? Or so the Redditor claims. We have done extensive market research and that size of truck will simply not be profitable. For the next 30 years, it had a devout cult following until it was ignominiously discontinued in 1996. Of course, the decision to return the Ranger to the U.S market is made by the automaker and that means they probably have something in mind for it.

FCA also said it will grow its manufacturing footprint by taking next-generation Ram 1500 production to its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant near Detroit. So far we know of 8 different trim levels for the 2018 Ford F-150. If so, it's a smart move.

So, the Bronco won't look like a Bronco and it won't have a removable top, and the Ranger is going to be bloated.

The success of the Chevrolet Colorado and Honda Ridgeline proved the midsize truck market is alive and well, and ripe for the taking. If they're successful, expect a second-generation of the midsize pickup and SUV to follow shortly thereafter.

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