Ford Bronco Sport Won't Be Going Electric Before 2030

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That's because it'll retain its existing platform for several more years.

The Ford Bronco Sport will not become a fully-fledged electric vehicle before the 2030 model year for one key reason: it'll retain its existing C2 platform through the decade's end. AutoForecast Solutions has released information regarding the off-road-focused crossover's future, which involves an 11-year production run.

This does not mean the vehicle won't receive updates along the way. It will. An automaker does not necessarily have to utilize an all-new platform to heavily update any of its models. Just look at the 2024 Ford Mustang, which uses an evolution of the current any car platform and engines. In the Bronco Sport's case, it appears Ford has decided to keep the C2 platform alive until July 31, 2031. This architecture also underpins the Escape, Maverick, and overseas-only Focus.

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Speaking of the Maverick, we just reported that the compact pickup truck will also keep its C2 underpinnings when it's redesigned for the 2028 model year and will continue to be assembled at the Hermosillo Assembly plant in Mexico until 2033. Since both models have the same architecture, it'd make sense to see them all become fully electric early next decade.

The Escape, however, is expected to go all-electric with a new dedicated EV platform for the 2027 model year; the Bronco Sport and Maverick should adopt that platform a few years after. It makes sense for Ford to keep the C2 architecture alive for the Bronco Sport and Maverick until the decade's end for cost-saving purposes and that it can handle hybridization.

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The Maverick Hybrid is the perfect example. We have not heard of any immediate plans to launch a Bronco Sport Hybrid with the current generation, but it'd make sense to do so sometime mid-decade. A major refresh will be necessary to keep the vehicle competitive until the EV generation arrives.

We also won't rule out a Bronco Sport plug-in hybrid at some point since the platform can accommodate that technology. In the case of the Maverick, Ford quickly learned that many buyers were smitten with the hybrid version because of its EPA-estimated 40 mpg in the city.

A Bronco Sport Hybrid or plug-in seems like a no-brainer and would serve as an ideal stop-gap before the new-from-the-ground-up electric generation debuts.

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Source Credits: AutoForecast Solutions

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