In a video posted by Input Magazine, there may be some truth to the rumors of a hybrid 2021 Ford Bronco. The video details the Bronco’s neumorphism dashboard software, and a few screens seem to hint at a hybrid Bronco. (Video not linked here due to copyright.)
In May 2019, Ford CEO Jim Hackett stated that the new Bronco would see “hybrid electrics,” but didn’t provide any specifics at the time. A screenshot from the video, even shows that the future hybrid Bronco could, at times, run in an EV-only mode.
The image of the display, shows two different gauges for “EV Coaching” and “Eco Coach,” both of which would be useful in a hybrid. Obviously meant to coach drivers in how to get the most range and efficiency out of the hybrid powertrain, the image doesn’t provide any additional details.
According to The Drive, recent reports out of Australia have suggested the next-generation Ford Ranger will be available with a hybrid powertrain, reportedly combining the company’s familiar 2.3-liter EcoBoost with an electric motor to produce a combined 362 HP and 502 lb-ft (680 Nm) of torque.
The 10-speed automatic offered in the Bronco was designed to include a hybrid electric motor, as seen in the Ford Explorer Hybrid and Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring.
To compete with Jeep Wrangler, which offers a hybrid model, Ford may need to do the same with Bronco.