The Blue Oval is witnessing a big spike in sales of electrified vehicles (xEV models), and the launch of the Ford Bronco Hybrid and Ford Bronco Sport Hybrid could only help maintain the momentum.
In Q1 2021, Ford delivered 25,980 electrified vehicles in the U.S. market, recording a 74.1% increase. The fully electric Mustang Mach-E and the hybrid F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid were the chief contributors to the record-breaking xEV tally. The F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid alone registered a sale of 7,176 units during the period, while the Mustang Mach-E totaled 6,614 units.
The timing couldn’t be better for the launch of xEVs holding a high sales potential like Ford Bronco Hybrid and Ford Bronco Sport Hybrid. However, supply chain issues stemming from the semiconductor shortage would push back launches or the Ford Bronco Hybrid release. The standard Ford Bronco’s deliveries were scheduled to begin in spring 2021 (March-May 2021), but according to a new report from Automotive News, they start in June. Units configured with some hardtop roof options are facing a further delay to MY2022, as there are some issues with roof supplier Webasto, it is reported.
Ford’s latest electrification strategy involves introducing 16 new battery-electric vehicles by 2022 and rolling out hybrid electric variants for high-volume profitable models like the Explorer and the all-new Bronco, Jim Hackett, former President & CEO, Ford, had confirmed at the annual shareholder meeting in 2019.
On the Ford Bronco Hybrid model
After rounds of leaks, rumors, and renders, Ford finally unveiled the new Bronco family in July 2020 and widely won the internet’s approval. Then followed a report on the reputed GreenCarReports.com, suggesting that Ford will introduce “corresponding hybrid versions” of both the Bronco and Bronco Sport.
Due to its ladder-frame construction, the story speculated that the Ford Bronco hybrid is likely to share electrical components of the F-150 and the Explorer hybrid versions. A modular electric motor system and a disconnect clutch to the 10-speed automatic transmission with a V6 engine are expected to form the Bronco Hybrid’s core hardware.
TFLcar.com, citing an insider, published similar details in its story. It said that Ford Bronco Hybrid would get the company’s twin-turbo 3.0 V6 Ecoboost engine. The hybrid SUV would employ the company’s 10-speed modular hybrid transmission. The 3.0L Ecoboost engine is readily available on the Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator, and Lincoln Continental models. Based on the application, it develops between 350 hp (260 kW) and 400 hp (298 kW) – or 494 hp (368 kW) in the Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid. Regardless of how much power or torque the Ford Bronco Hybrid makes, it would retain the 47 hp (35 kW) electric motor.
TFL Car said the Ford Bronco Hybrid could be unveiled this year and go on sale in 2022.
On the Ford Bronco Sport Hybrid
As for the ‘softer’ Ford Bronco Sport that uses the Escape’s unibody construction, the latter’s planetary torque-split hybrid system would support the ‘green’ variant of the crossover, GreenCarReports said. In the all-wheel-drive version, the Escape Hybrid has an impressive EPA-estimated mileage of 43 mpg city and 40 mpg combined, and an EPA-estimated 568 miles of range. We refer to the full hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, which share the 2.5-liter iVCT naturally aspirated gasoline engine (165 hp/155 lb.-ft.) and have the same total system output of 200 hp. Either one of them could be offered in the neo-retro SUV.
‘EV Coaching’ display on Bronco instrument cluster
Ford hasn’t revealed clearly if it will offer a hybrid variant of both the Bronco or the Bronco Sport. What we do know, thanks to a leak via a promo video (now pulled down), is that the electrified variants will feature an ‘EV Coaching’ display in the instrument cluster to let the driver see the level of energy stored in the battery pack. This feature hints at the availability of a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Separate Bronco stores planned
According to a new report on Automotive News, dealers of the Blue Oval are planning separate showrooms for the Bronco to customize buyers’ experience further. While the concept for dedicated space within the showroom comes from the brand, in this case, about 100 dealers of Ford proposed the idea of having a separate retail space. Dealers who opt for having a dedicated Bronco outlet will see more SUV allocation, the report states.
We’ll keep an eye on further updates of the Bronco Hybrid family and update this page when new information surfaces.
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