However, the cargo area is too small for workhorse duties and the payload wouldn’t match that of the Ranger with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo. The rendering also includes a partition between the passenger area and cargo box, an element that the life-sized 2021 Ford Bronco doesn’t feature.
However, there is hope for a pickup derivative of the Bronco. Remember what Jeep did for the 2020 model year with the introduction of the Gladiator? Wrangler looks and off-road prowess, a little truck capability, and voilà!
Given that the Gladiator starts at $33,545 before destination charge and the JL Wrangler kicks off at $28,295, the Ford Motor Company would also make a tidy profit from converting the Bronco into a pickup truck. Oh, and by the way, don’t forget that Bronco is actually a sub-brand of off-road vehicles.
In the same way the Mustang nameplate has been used on the Mustang Mach-E electric crossover, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Ford would pull off a similar trick with the mid-size Bronco. As for the compact Bronco Sport that shares the C2 vehicle platform with the Escape, a unibody pickup is possible.
A sub-Ranger trucklet has been rumored since July 2018, and in January 2019, global markets president Jim Farley confirmed that Ford is developing this vehicle. At the present moment, Maverick appears to be the nameplate of choice based on a design patent of the tailgate. Bronco Maverick doesn’t sound bad at all, but bear in mind the Bronco prefix is merely speculation.