AgreeAt most, offer a half cab conversion or optional prep kit. No need to completely redesign the thing for a handful of buyers that are into that kind of stuff.
I think ford may be picking the right fight for the Bronco. I have a Mojave and I gotta tell ya, it is a freaking amazing machine. Don't tell my wife but this is my bridge vehicle. After driving the Mojave, the bar is set high for the Bronco. If the Bronco isn't my favorite? Well... Then it will be my bridge to the Gladiator 4xe in a couple years. Not really Wrangler guy, but I love my Mojave, and excited about the Bronco. Both the Bronco and the JTs are so rad.Source: https://www.thedrive.com/news/40965/ford-testing-a-jeep-gladiator-adds-fuel-to-bronco-pickup-rumors
Originally based on the Ranger, the new Bronco's platform isn't exactly the hardest for Ford to adapt back into a pickup. And by now, there's plenty of evidence to suggest Ford will do exactly that, with multiple reports indicating a launch no later than the model year 2025. In the same way the Bronco was supposed to buck the Jeep Wrangler off its high horse, its pickup derivative will seek triumph over the Gladiator, which is why Ford has reportedly been photographed benchmarking Jeep's truck.
Photos published by Ford Authority depict a Gladiator Mojave entering and leaving what's said to be Ford property wearing Michigan manufacturer plates. These plates are available exclusively to car companies, which use them on their pre-production prototypes, press cars, company cars, or bought-in models from rivals for testing.
If that's really a Ford facility this Jeep is visiting, it could imply that the Bronco Warthog may be aimed not at the crawling-tailored Gladiator Rubicon, but the desert-oriented Mojave.
First detailed last July, the Bronco pickup is reportedly expected to arrive as a 2023 to 2025 model with the Bronco's full range of powertrains (minus the 3.0-liter EcoBoost rumored to power the Warthog). In all likelihood, these will soon include an electrified option, probably a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) if the Bronco's owners' manual is anything to go by. (It probably is.)
As for an electric model, Ford has loosely hinted that it could happen, having showed a Bronco-like silhouette in an EV presentation last month. It bears saying, though, that the depicted vehicle appears more the size of a Bronco Sport than the larger, truck-based real deal. All that's certain is that with the smaller, hybridized Maverick below it and the F-150 Lightning above it, the Bronco pickup would be the black sheep of the electrified Ford truck family if it launched without a big old battery.
Going by the scale of Ford's electrification plans these next few years, that's not likely to happen.
Rendering of Bronco Pickup.
Well I for one would rather they spend R&D resources trying something cool instead of on yet another compact crossover.The Gladiator is fundamentally flawed with the ridiculous looking wheelbase and resulting break over angle and the crap departure angle. Those things can’t really be fixed.
As a Regular cab Short bed F-150 owner who loves the truck I can attest. It doesn't get driven unless needed for a task because it doesn't have room for anything. Now I'm spoiled by my Super crew F-150 and SUV's so I get that. But there isn't a market for a 2 door truck IMO outside of very select retail buyers and fleets.It gets old reading on how many people think that the manufacturers are missing out by not producing 2 door / single cab trucks. There is a reason why the options are limited in this space, very few people actually buy them.
Thats why there are so many makes and models because, and I know this will be a shock to some people, some people have different tastes.The Gladiator is fundamentally flawed with the ridiculous looking wheelbase and resulting break over angle and the crap departure angle. Those things can’t really be fixed.