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It appears those rumours about the return of the iconic Ford Bronco off-roader were true, with production slated to begin in Michigan in 2018.

All we know so far is that the Ford Bronco badge will return affixed to a SUV model, though one can speculate that it will give the Blue Oval an answer to the Jeep Wrangler.

In an unusual twist, the cat was let out of the bag by United Auto Workers representative Bill Johnson, in response to polarising presidential contender Donald Trump.

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Trump was busy slamming Ford for planning to shift small-car production to Mexico in 2018, to which both Ford CEO Mark Fields and Johnson retorted.

“We hate to see the products go to Mexico, but with the Ranger and the Bronco coming to Michigan Assembly that absolutely secures the future for our people a lot more than the Focus does,” Johnson told the Detroit Free Press.

Yes, you read that right — it also appears that a version of the Australian-developed Ranger ute will enter US production as a rival to the Toyota Tacoma.

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Pictured: Original Ford Bronco. 

As we reported earlier this year, Ford has pledged to launch four new nameplates into its global SUV line-up, in segments it doesn’t presently cover, by 2020.

Expect the Bronco to sport rugged styling, and to leverage the aluminium production pioneered by the F-150.

But what might a 2019 Ford Bronco look like? Our new friends at Bronco6G have come up with a nifty rendering that, at the very least, is the fan-art equivalent of a popcorn flick. Those are the pictured we’ve used above.

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