Bronco based pickup rumors swirl once more as Ford is caught testing a Jeep Gladiator
Might we get a pickup in the Bronco family?
In a striking find by The Drive, Ford was caught testing a Jeep Gladiator, spurring on the likelihood of a Bronco pickup. Though, this wouldn't be too shocking given the many rumors and leaks that have come about over the past weeks.
According to The Drive, a Jeep Gladiator Mojave was found in a Ford property wearing Michigan manufacturer plates. The interesting part of this is the manufacturer plates, which are only available to automakers. These plates are used for their pre-production vehicles, press vehicles, and other uses of that nature. In other words, Ford has gotten this vehicle straight from Jeep for testing of their own.
The rumor mill has suggested that the name for the possibly-upcoming Bronco truck would the the Warthog. The Warthog is said to be powered by a 3.0L EcoBoost engine, which is also said to be arriving anywhere between 2023-2025.
However, we already knew that. What we didn't know is what the Bronco truck would be focused on (offroading, capability, etc). Though, now we get a pretty good idea, judging by the trim of Gladiator Ford has chosen as their test car. Ford went for the Mojave trim, which is Jeep's self-acclaimed "desert rated" pickup. This means that Ford is very possibly aiming for a desert-biased Bronco pickup, or at the very least create a desert-focused trim.
And yet, as promising as this all looks, there's nothing from Ford that confirms anything, so take all of this with a grain of salt.