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There are a lot of misconceptions and silly false truths regarding the Bronco, let's put those to rest.
  • Program Code: U725
  • Job 1 Date is December 2020
  • 2021 Model Year
  • V6, 2.3L Ecoboost
  • 10-Speed Automatic, Getrag Manual
  • FAA/AA1 was reached several months ago, meaning final exterior design was settled on.
  • FDJ/PA was completed by November 2018, meaning final design was frozen for production and now prod. grade in execution.
  • April 2019 are when the first VP1s come off pilot plant, meaning prototypes have been running since May.
  • Launch date is January 2021, possibly Feb 2021
  • Development began in 2015
  • New T6 basis, being developed in Australia. U725 Bronco top-hat in Dearborn, MI
  • Hybrid was called off at the time of this announcement, but got back on deck last spring internally.
  • 2023 MY Raptor Bronco Launch [updated April 2, 2020]
I am not sure what has been going on with these absurd "news" reports from lazy and obtuse writers, but it is obvious the next F-150 will launch before the Bronco due in January 2021. Off-Road magazine was actually referring to the facelift P558 Super Duty, which will be unveiled soon for MY 2020. That will be replaced by MY 2023 with P708.

The next Ranger (P703), not the latest P375N will use the frame of the new Bronco, in some 33-36 months. The P703 launch is tenative for late 2021-22. That will offer the Ranger Raptor for USDM, the P375N (USDM) was not developed with the Raptor in mind. P703 will be.

What I do know is, a reveal cannot be more than 18 months before market launch in January 2021. You'll not be seeing it without camouflage until next year, but you will start seeing them test soon. (Ditto for P702 F-Series-Spotted May 2019)

The Bronco as of August 2016, had a scheduled start of production date of July 1, 2020. At that time, the P375N had a November 1, 2018 production date. At the 2017 NAIAS press conference, it was highlighted production of the USDM Ranger would begin in late 2018 for introduction "in 2019" and Bronco "in 2020".

Verification prototypes will be completed in April at the pilot plant, but currently U725 parts for prototyping are being procured.

In the end, the 2019.5 Ranger was on time with everything. Sadly the U725 is not on time and so far, about 5 months behind schedule. Production is due to begin in Wayne Michigan, in December 2020. Units will arrive at Ford showrooms starting in January 2021. Launch can reach up to February 2021. Originally launch was supposed to be around Labor Day 2020, after SOP around July 1, 2020. That will not happen anymore, but styling is finally done and no more changes as of November.

****UPDATED IN GREY ON NOVEMBER 2, 2019; UPDATED in RED ON APRIL 2, 2020***



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well we cant even get the normal version any time soon, not too concerned with the raptor
 

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There are a lot of misconceptions and silly false truths regarding the Bronco, let's put those to rest.
  • Program Code: U725
  • Job 1 Date is December 2020
  • 2021 Model Year
  • V6, 2.3L Ecoboost
  • 10-Speed Automatic, Getrag Manual
Ok there were alot of words in there... but if you are implying the standard engine is a V6 (and NOT a 4 banger), then I'm confident enough in my manhood to say.... I love you man!!:love: Unless it's an option and the 2.3L is standard... then I probably don't love you anymore... just saying.
 
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So does this mean the second model year, assuming the current Bronco becomes the 2022 model?
Working very hard to ensure 2021 1/2 model year launch. This comes the following calendar year.
 
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Ok there were alot of words in there... but if you are implying the standard engine is a V6 (and NOT a 4 banger), then I'm confident enough in my manhood to say.... I love you man!!:love: Unless it's an option and the 2.3L is standard... then I probably don't love you anymore... just saying.
There will be 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder powertrains. I do not work on this very program, but nearly married to T6 engineer (U725, P703, U704).

My work concerns flagship trucks. Bronco is way more important than a Ranger, but it's more of a halo like Mustang and GT is the flagship of halo products.
 

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In realty, everyone just wants to see the thing. The 2 door that is
 

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There are a lot of misconceptions and silly false truths regarding the Bronco, let's put those to rest.
  • Program Code: U725
  • Job 1 Date is December 2020
  • 2021 Model Year
  • V6, 2.3L Ecoboost
  • 10-Speed Automatic, Getrag Manual
  • FAA/AA1 was reached several months ago, meaning final exterior design was settled on.
  • Launch date is January 2021, possibly Feb 2021
  • Hybrid was called off at the time of this announcement, but got back on deck last spring internally.
  • 2023 MY Raptor Bronco Launch [updated April 2, 2020]


****UPDATED IN GREY ON NOVEMBER 2, 2019; UPDATED in RED ON APRIL 2, 2020***
“Raptor” makes a lot of sense coming later. Almost every single high end ford product comes a year or two after the initial launch. Last two f150 raptors have been about 18 months after initial delivery.

the question then becomes, what will that engine be. If the “ FX4” is the 2.7.

hybrid 2.7? To match the rumored f150 raptor 3.5tt hybird
 
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“Raptor” makes a lot of sense coming later. Almost every single high end ford product comes a year or two after the initial launch. Last two f150 raptors have been about 18 months after initial delivery.

the question then becomes, what will that engine be. If the “ FX4” is the 2.7.

hybrid 2.7? To match the rumored f150 raptor 3.5tt hybird
Yeah, well if Raptor =/= Rubicon, launching without the hard core off road version is going to be a mistake because the compares are going to be brutal.
 

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Yeah, well if Raptor =/= Rubicon, launching without the hard core off road version is going to be a mistake because the compares are going to be brutal.
I think we're going to see a Rubicon equivalent trim with front and rear lockers, maybe sway bar disconnect, etc at initial launch. We've already seen the prototypes with 35s, and buttons inside for front and rear lockers.

The 'Raptor' should be intended to be something different or a significant step above the Rubicon equivalent.
 



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