It has been almost a year since the 2021 Ford Bronco made its official debut, yet things haven’t necessarily gone according to plan. While there is no denying that the off-road SUV has already proved to be a hot commodity, Ford is struggling to get the truck to customers. In fact, the automaker even sent out a message earlier this week that informed some buyers that their Broncos are delayed indefinitely. Despite the fact that no one has gotten their hands on the SUV yet, the automaker has still gone ahead and published the 2021 Ford Bronco owners manual. Interestingly enough, it appears the Ford Motor Company has accidentally shared a bit too much info on future models by doing this. Forum users over at Bronco6G located a passage in the document that indirectly confirms an upcoming Ford Bronco Hybrid.
An Owners Manual Mishap
Located on page 366 of the 552 page owners manual are some specific details on how best store your 2021 Ford Bronco for longer periods of time. While this in itself isn’t abnormal, there is a section titled “hybrid battery systems.” The paragraph reads as follows:
“We recommend the following actions for your vehicle: When storing your vehicle for greater than 30 days the state of charge should be approximately 50%. Additionally we recommend disconnecting the 12V battery which will reduce system loads on the HV battery.”
Ford Bronco Hybrid
The automaker has clearly spilled the beans on an upcoming Ford Bronco hybrid accidentally here. Signs have pointed towards the existence of an electrified version of the SUV for some time now, with CEO Jim Farley even hinting towards such a project recently. That said, this is the most official confirmation we’ve received yet. We also know that a Ford Ranger hybrid has been in development, which will share the same underpinnings as the off-roader. It is quite likely then that the two vehicles will share a similar hybrid powertrain. All signs currently point towards the 2.3L EcoBoost serving as the gasoline-powered part of the equation, matching the Jeep Wrangler 4xe in its approach to the segment.
As far as when the Ford Bronco Hybrid could arrive, things seem somewhat complicated at the moment. The standard version of the truck still hasn’t reached customers, and Ford is going to be very busy cranking those models out for the foreseeable future. Combine this with the fact that the semiconductor shortage continues to interrupt production across the industry, and it’s likely that the hybrid will take some time to reach dealerships. That said, it doesn’t mean that Ford won’t debut the truck with quite a bit of lead time before production. Considering the Jeep Wrangler 4xe was one of the fastest selling vehicles in April, Ford will want to get this thing in people’s minds as soon as possible. Either way, we can expect the Raptor version of the Bronco to make its debut first.
You can read through the entire 2021 Ford Bronco owners manual at the link provided here.