Ford will launch its Ranger compact pickup and a revived Bronco SUV in the U.S., according to the chairman of UAW Local 900's bargaining unit for Ford's plant in Wayne, Mich., where the two vehicles would be produced.
Bill Johnson confirmed the plans in response to criticism of Ford by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has lashed out at the automaker for planning to move C-Max and Focus production to Mexico.
"We hate to see the products go to Mexico, but with the Ranger and the Bronco coming to Michigan Assembly, that absolutely secures the future for our people a lot more than the Focus does," Johnson told the Detroit Free Press.
During UAW contract negotiations last year, Ford revealed that a "new product" will be produced at the Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne in 2018. It's expected to be the Ranger, which will compete with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Ford promised another model by 2020 and Johnson's comments suggest it will be a Bronco.
Automotive News reported last year that the Ranger and Bronco would be made at Michigan Assembly after production of the Focus and C-Max moves to Mexico.
Ford offers a Ranger in several markets, including Australia and the U.K. Code-named T6, the current Ranger has been in production since 2011 and is likely to be redesigned around 2018. Its replacement will likely be the model that enters production in Michigan.
If the Bronco debuts in 2020 it may compete directly with an all-new Jeep Wrangler scheduled for 2018. But a new Bronco may be a size or two larger, adopting the dimensions of the model that was discontinued in 1996 and using F-150 architecture and design.