The tentative agreement between Ford and the United Auto Workers (UAW) reportedly calls for the company to build a new Bronco and Ranger in the United States.
According to the Detroit Free Press, both models will be built at the Michigan Assembly Plant after production of the C-Max and Focus ends there in 2018. While the 1,100+ page document doesn't specifically mention the models, a source who talked to the paper said the Ranger would go into production first and then be followed by a new Bronco. The latter model is expected to arrive by the end of 2020.
Ford caused a lot of excitement when they introduced the retro-inspired Bronco concept in 2004 but previous reports have suggested the production model will share little in common with the critically acclaimed concept. Instead, the Bronco is expected to be a rebadged version of the Everest. This makes a lot of sense as the Everest is based on the Ranger and building the two models at the same plant seems like a win-win situation.
UAW members still have to vote on the tentative agreement but, if approved, they'll be eligible for a profit sharing check and a signing bonus that is reportedly valued at $8,500.