Report: Ford Adding Four New SUVs to Lineup -- What Will They Be?
EcoSport, Revived Bronco Among Top Contenders
With fuel prices dropping like a rock and analysts not predicting a turnaround in the energy sector for at least a year, Americans are turning back to SUVs like they haven’t in years. And automakers are all too happy to cash in on the trend. The Detroit News reports that Ford is planning to add four new SUVs to its lineup within the next several years between the Ford and Lincoln brands, based on comments from Ford President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs. The speculation is the two leading candidates are a subcompact crossover along the lines of the global EcoSport and a midsize off-road SUV that could see the revival of the Bronco nameplate in North America.
The subcompact crossover is a no-brainer, with the segment bursting with new entries. The new Bronco is believed by many to be one of the new products coming to Ford’s Wayne, Michigan, assembly plant, once Focus production moves to Mexico in 2018, along with the Ranger midsize pickup. The new Bronco could either be an update of the Brazilian-market Troller 4x4, a near dead-ringer for the Jeep Wrangler, or a version of the Ranger-based Everest SUV sold in the Asia Pacific markets. The Troller is currently not offered in a four-door configuration, but with a redesign coinciding with the 2018 timeframe, it’s not inconceivable that the next-generation of the Troller will be offered in a four-door version. The majority of Wrangler sales are the four-door Unlimited model.
Source: The Detroit News