Ford Motor Company has confirmed there will be a Ford Bronco Hybrid when the rugged SUV launches next year. The news came straight from Ford CEO Jim Hackett, who confirmed the powertrain option during the company’s recent earnings call.
The news comes as little surprise. Ford has been announcing a slew of new hybrid models, so bringing the company’s electrification tech to such an iconic nameplate makes a lot of sense. A Bronco Hybrid is likely part of an $11 billion commitment Ford has announced toward electrifying the company’s lineup.
Details regarding the Bronco’s powertrain remain a mystery. We do know the rear-wheel-drive SUV will come in two and four-door configurations with removable doors. The overall design is expected to be rugged like the Jeep Wrangler, down to a spare tire hanging on the rear.
If we were to guess on Bronco powertrains, we’d say the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder is a likely candidate to have an electric motor attached with it somewhere on the Bronco’s driveline. Borrowing the 2020 Explorer’s 3.3-liter V-6 hybrid powertrain is also an option.
Of course, Hackett did not confirm the timeline for the Bronco Hybrid, but it is expected to rollout fairly soon after the Bronco itself launches next year.