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Confirmed: The 2020 Ford Bronco Will Have A Hybrid Option

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It has been confirmed that the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco will certainly have a hybrid powertrain as an available option.

Ford is starting to catch up with the electric future. After announcing the new Ford Explorer will arrive with a hybrid option and also unveiling the Lincoln Aviator’s equally electrified powertrain, we now know that the Ford Bronco will also come with a hybridized motor when it eventually arrives next year.

According to Automotive News correspondent Michael Martinez who was reporting from a Ford investor meeting, CEO Jim Hackett confirmed in very clear terms that when the Bronco arrives it’ll be bringing a hybrid trim with it.

Just to confirm, Autoblog reached out to Ford and received an emailed response that didn’t quite confirm Hackett’s words, but came very close:

"We are on track to electrify our most popular vehicles, including launching the all-new Ford Explorer and Ford Escape hybrids this year along with the new F-150 hybrid in 2020. We also are on track to launch our all-new, all-electric Mustang-inspired SUV next year. We'll have more news to share about additional electric and hybrid vehicles in North America and globally later this year."

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A concept rendering of a new Ford Bronco. bronco6g.com
via Bronco6G.com

As for just what sort of hybrid powertrain we’ll be in store for on the Bronco, it seems most likely we’ll get a version of the same hybrid system on the Explorer and Lincoln Aviator. That’ll be a 3.0-L twin-turbo V6 mated to an electric motor for a combined 450 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. We might also get the Explorer’s slightly less spectacular 3.3-L V6 hybrid, which should put out over 400 hp as well.

Rumors are stating that the Bronco will come with Ford’s 10-speed automatic or 7-speed manual as transmission options and also come with a pair of solid axles for greater off-road articulation. It’ll also have a cool “retro” design, for anyone who’s into that.

The Bronco and Ranger are said to share a platform, so perhaps those hybrid powertrains will find their way to the Ranger eventually. One can dream.

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