Ford Invests $1.2 Billion in Michigan to Prepare for Ranger, Bronco
Romeo Engine Plant May Receive New Engines
Ford announced a cumulative investment in its home state of Michigan of $1.2 billion, including $850 million at the Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne, which currently builds the Ford Focus. Additional investments include $150 million at the Romeo Engine plant and $200 million for an advanced data center related to the company’s mobility and autonomous vehicle initiatives. The investments are in addition to the previously announced $700 million investment to the Flat Rock plant for the production of electrified and autonomous vehicles.
Of note is that none of the engines currently built at the Romeo plant appear to be well-suited to the Ranger or Bronco. The plant’s current production is exclusively V-8 engines and components, including the 6.2L gas V-8 used in the Super Duty and blocks and rods for the 5.0L V-8 engine used in the Mustang and F-150. The Ranger and Bronco’s engine lineup is likely to consist primarily of I-4 and V-6 engines. The 2.0L and 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost engines are currently sourced from the Cleveland Engine Plant, which also builds the 3.5 EcoBoost V-6. The 2.7L EcoBoost is built at Ford’s Lima, Ohio, plant.
Ford has not yet officially announced engines and powertrains for the Ranger and Bronco, but likely candidates are the new 3.3L naturally aspirated V-6 that will be the standard engine in the 2018 F-150 and a version of the 2.5L naturally aspirated I-4 as the base engine. An I-4 or V-6 EcoBoost engine is a possible option.