Dead before it was even confirmed, that seems to be the fate for the long-rumoured Ford Bronco pickup truck.

    Ford has told suppliers it will not proceed with a planned Bronco ute, multiple sources have informed Automotive News.

    It was originally scheduled to launch in 2024, and was set to be the fourth ute in Ford’s North American range alongside the full-size F-150, mid-size Ranger, and “compact” Maverick.

    As the Bronco SUV is based on the Ranger platform, it’s likely the Bronco pickup would have been around the same size as the 5.4m dual-cab Ranger.

    Given the probable sizing and pricing overlap, the Bronco ute might well have cannibalised Ranger sales even if it might have swayed some customers away from the Jeep Gladiator.

    Introducing a new petrol-powered model to the range would also run counter to Ford’s plans to derive 40 per cent of global car sales from EVs by 2030.

    The launch of the new Bronco SUV has been been hurt by quality issues, with the company slowing production and ordering a recall for the “unsatisfactory cosmetic appearance” of the car’s optional hardtop roof.

    Based on the Ranger, the Bronco is a go-anywhere four-wheel drive in the same mould as the Jeep Wrangler.

    Ford has also launched a smaller Bronco Sport model, which takes styling cues from the Bronco and applies it to an Escape-based crossover.

    At this point no Bronco-branded models have been confirmed for Australia.

    Even though the Bronco ute is no longer on the table, Ford Australia is busy developing a redesigned Ranger ute and Everest SUV.

    The new Ranger will have a tougher design inspired by the F-150, and will be offered with a hybrid drivetrain for the first time.

    It will also serve as the basis for the second-generation Volkswagen Amarok.

    MORE: Retrospective – Ford Bronco through the ages

    Derek Fung

    Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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