It's Official: The Ford Bronco is Coming Back in 2018

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Render: Bronco6G

Render: Bronco6G

The hotly anticipated return of Ford's bush-whacking throwback Bronco off-roader is on, according to the chairman of the union local that will build it at Ford's Wayne, Michigan assembly plant.

1966-'77 Bronco

1966-'77 Bronco

The Bronco started life in 1966 as a Jeep-like compact 4x4, but bloated in 1978 into the fat, soft boulevard cruiser made infamous in O.J. Simpson's televised highway pursuit by police.

1978 Ford Bronco

1978 Ford Bronco

Now, Ford looks poised to return Bronco to its roots with a machine more aligned with the truck's roots. Consider Bronco an automotive rock star who has gotten clean, lost the weight and is preparing to tour with fresh material that harkens back to that breakthrough first album.

Render: Bronco6G

Render: Bronco6G

Outing the facts about Bronco is a silver lining to the black cloud of this year's presidential election, in which Republican candidate Donald Trump criticized Ford for its plans to shift production of its Focus compact car to Mexico.

Render: Bronco6G

Render: Bronco6G

In defending this decision, Ford executives and union officials have explained to The Detroit Free Press that another, more lucrative model will be built  at the Michigan Assembly Plant that is currently home to the Focus. The company has also explained that it will introduce four new SUV models in the near future. Our friends at Autoblog conclude that Bronco will be one of those four and it is the hot new product replacing Focus in the Michigan factory.

Render: Bronco6G

Render: Bronco6G

Whether the resulting model resembles these exciting renders from Bronco6G or not remains to be seen, but considering Ford's success with retrofuturistic design, something similar to this seems a good bet.

h/t: Autoblog