Regarding said extensions, one might wonder if the Ford Motor Company has changed its mind in regard to the Bronco pickup. Development of the stillborn truck ended abruptly in August 2021, most likely because Ford already had the Ranger Raptor in the works for the US market.
We also have to remember that Jeep dealers barely move Chrysler's only mid-size pickup truck in production today. Speaking of which, the only major confirmed change is the Gladiator 4xe for 2025. The plug-in specification is likely to borrow the Wrangler 4xe's powertrain, which is getting an update for 2025 as well.
Turning our attention back to the Bronco, a couple of possibilities come to mind: plug-in hybridization for the body-on-frame Bronco (à la Ranger PHEV for markets outside North America) and either hybrid or plug-in hybrid muscle for the Bronco Sport. The unibody crossover has a hybrid sibling in the form of the Maverick Hybrid and a plug-in hybrid equivalent in the Escape Plug-In Hybrid.
Another possibility for the Maverick would be all-wheel drive for the hybrid, a combo that's certain to sell in large quantities. Previously standard, the hybrid powertrain is currently optional. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost of the Bronco Sport Badlands is the standard engine, a four-pot mill connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission rather than the hybrid's continuously variable transmission.
Now available to configure at $23,400 for the 2024 model year, the Maverick is considerably more affordable than the Bronco Sport. Can you believe Ford wants $31,230 for a 1.5-liter turbo inline-three lump? Insane might be the word you're looking for, especially given the longer overall length and longer wheelbase of the $29,345 Escape.
The Bronco that's twinned with the Ranger mid-size pickup is pricier still, costing $39,130 at the very least. The reason why the Bronco has become so expensive is the discontinuation of the Base trim level, meaning that both the two- and four-door Bronco start with the Big Bend.