Former Ford President and CEO, Jim Hackett, confirmed that the Blue Oval would make a Ford Bronco Hybrid at the company’s annual shareholder meeting last year. However, there are few details available as the executive nor the company has shared technical specifications or the release date. Here’s what we know about one of the eagerly anticipated upcoming Ford hybrid cars –
Ford Bronco Hybrid
The electronic media has been speculating what would go under the bonnet of the SUV variants. The reasonable, and dare we say, logical expectation, is for the Ford Bronco Hybrid (which shares its ladder-frame construction with the next gen Ranger pickup) to share electrical hardware with the F-150 and Explorer hybrids.
A 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 engine with an electric motor and a modular 10-speed transmission is likely to be seen on the new Ford Bronco Hybrid. This motor is available in tunes of 350 hp to 494 hp, but reports say it will make around 400 hp on the 2021 Bronco Hybrid. Combined with a 47 hp electric motor from the F-150 Hybrid, expect a healthy system output of 450 hp on the Bronco Hybrid.
This system architecture, according to Ford, provides an efficient and smooth drive even during heavy duty scenarios like towing and off-roading. We would be curious to see how this pans out in the Bronco Hybrid.
Ford Bronco Sport Hybrid
As for the Ford Bronco Sport Hybrid, reports state that it will employ the Ford Escape Hybrid’s architecture, which makes sense given the ‘softer’ Bronco is based on the monocoque platform of the Escape. This includes the 2.5-liter iVCT Atkinson cycle gas engine combined with an electric motor to produce a total system output of 200 hp coupled with an eCVT.
Ford offers the Escape as a Hybrid (with AWD and front wheel drive) or Plug-in Hybrid (Front wheel drive only), though we aren’t sure if the latter would make it to the Bronco Sport, at least not as a front wheel drive only variant.
The Ford Bronco Hybrid and Bronco Sport Hybrid are expected to be unveiled in 2021 for the 2022 model year. Competitors will include the Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEV and a Land Rover Defender PHEV, both fresh model unveiled just weeks ago. The Bronco twins are part of the Blue Oval’s strategy to have 16 battery electric vehicles by 2022 and hybrid electric variants for high volume models such as the Bronco, Explorer and F-150.
Ford Bronco Hybrid & Ford Bronco Sport Hybrid trims
The Ford Bronco Hybrid and Ford Bronco Hybrid Sport may come in only select trims, but those few options will likely include Badlands. In the case of the former, the Wildtrak is a given. Ford has confirmed that it has received more than 190,000 orders for the Bronco and approximately 26% reservations are in the Wildtrak trim, which is exclusive to the Bronco. About 20% orders are in the Badlands trim, and the remaining orders are in the other available trims. Apparently, the hardcore Wildrak and Badlands trims are the most popular trims and Ford should offer the Hybrid variant also in these.
Ford Bronco Hybrid & Ford Bronco Sport Hybrid FAQ
What is the Ford Bronco Hybrid release date?
The Ford Bronco Hybrid could debut towards the end of 2021.
Will the Ford Bronco Sport get a Hybrid variant?
Ford hasn’t announced, but it is likely to launch a Ford Bronco Sport Hybrid besides the Bronco Hybrid that was confirmed last year by Jim Hackett.