Ford Announces Return of Bronco, Ranger

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CARS.COM — Ford made it official today that the Bronco SUV will return as a global product, along with a revived U.S. version of the Ranger mid-size pickup truck.

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The Bronco won't arrive, however, until 2020, which means that former football star and broadcaster O.J. Simpson, who vaulted the Bronco to icon status with his televised slow-motion police chase in 1994, may be on the street before the revived Bronco. Simpson is up for possible parole from prison in 2017.

The Ranger will be back in the U.S. in 2019 and the two trucks will be built at Ford's Wayne, Mich., plant that now builds Focus small cars. The return of the trucks has been an open secret since Ford's plans were confirmed in 2016 by a United Auto Workers union official.

Ford made the announcement at a press conference at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. "Ranger is for truck buyers who want an affordable, functional, rugged and maneuverable pickup," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of The Americas, in a statement. "Bronco will be a no-compromise midsize 4x4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city."

Or just take a drive on the freeway.

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D.C. Bureau Chief Fred Meier, who lives every day with Washington gridlock, has an un-American love of small wagons and hatchbacks.  Email Fred

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