The Ford Bronco Hybrid won’t be happening anytime soon from what we understand
Rumors of a Bronco Hybrid have been ongoing for over a year
A digital cluster filmed last week appeared to support a hybrid version
Some models just attract rumors, and the new 2021 Ford Bronco is the perfect example. Not only have countless stories been written about the Bronco in the last 18 months, most of them speculative in nature, but even after it has been unveiled there are more rumors to go around.
The latest revolves around the Ford Bronco Hybrid which has been talked about since 2019. Last weeks unveiling of the new Bronco was followed a few days later by a publication of a video on YouTube appearing to showcase a digital instrument cluster for a hybrid Bronco. We published a story on the video in question and its link to a Bronco Hybrid, but were asked by the company behind the cluster to remove it from our article.
We therefore decided to call Ford and see what was going on, and today got an official statement on the 2021 Ford Bronco’s possible hybrid version.
“Why no hybrid (in the Bronco)? We believe our powertrain lineup is best suited to support customer’s off-roading needs”, Christine Hollander, Ford of Canada’s Communications Manager, told us via email.
In other words, Ford doesn’t see demand happening for a hybrid engine in the 2021 Bronco. Ford’s new SUV will offer two EcoBoost engines developing 270 horsepower and 310 horsepower from 2.3-litre and 2.7-litre powertrains respectively.
To a certain extent, they have a point about Bronco buyers not wanting a hybrid engine. Reducing fuel economy and having a lot of all-electric range isn’t a priority when going off-road or for SUV buyers in general, although that could change one day. Jeep has a floated the idea of a Wrangler plug-in hybrid and has even shown prototypes, so chances are Ford knows what to do if a hybrid Bronco becomes necessary.
For the time being, however, Ford says there’s no Bronco hybrid coming.