We are continually updating this story with the latest information on the next Ford Bronco.
Fans have long been waiting for Ford to resuscitate its iconic Bronco plaque. It left the market in 1996, but the Bronco never really left the hearts of the enthusiasts who loved it. In spring 2020, we will see a brand new version; Ford confirmed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show that the iconic SUV will be back on the market in a few years. And it would be produced locally at the Ford assembly plant in Michigan. Here’s what we know so far.
What is that?
Like the Jeep Wrangler, the Toyota 4Runner and many good all-terrain vehicles before it, Ford says the new Bronco will be a chassis-body 4×4 designed to take on some of the toughest terrain. It will offer notable features like a solid rear axle and a “pneumatic roof”. Ford says it is an “uncompromising mid-size 4×4 utility vehicle for thrill seekers who want to venture far beyond the city”. Early rumors suggested it could be just a four-door vehicle, but we’ve seen spy photos suggest otherwise.
According to former product development chief Raj Nair, the Bronco will share its setting with the Ranger pickup, which debuted for the 2019 model year. Ford’s deal with United Auto Workers suggests that the SUV could use an aluminum body because the panels come from the same stamping plant as the F-150.
IIn addition to a Ranger-based Bronco, Ford will build a smaller Bronco Sport. Images of the production model were released in mid-March, showing a beautiful four-door body that shared its general fascia design with the full-size Bronco. After being the subject of rumors for its debut in April, the Bronco Sport monohull will probably be delayed somewhat, as the company is facing the fallout from the coronavirus. Learn more about the Bronco family child here.
While the Bronco will likely offer rugged off-road simplicity in its most basic form, features such as Ford’s terrain management system, Trail Control and a new active suspension (revealed in a recent patent filing) could be optional. The Bronco 2021 could also get a special all-terrain edition called Wolftrak, and a high-performance Raptor version (possibly with a V8 engine) is likely.
What will it look like?
The overall style seems to be square and even more incisive than our rendering based on Raptor. A tapered roof and a rear-mounted spare tire give the Bronco a striking resemblance to the Jeep Wrangler – at least as far as we can tell. A tipster who saw the hull of the Bronco described it as 16 feet long with short overhangs at both ends. More recently, an image of Bronco production, allegedly captured in the factory (shown above), has appeared in online forums. There are a number of quirks that make us suspect that it is a rendering, although that said, the design seems to match what we know.
All-terrain racer Bronco R (below) gave a rough idea of what to expect – at least from the outside. The square design and clean lines have clear similarities to the original Bronco. The rig, however, did not work very well in the Baja 1000.
Multiple reports and patent applications indicate that several parts of the Bronco’s body are removable, some via a quick release system. Owners would be able to remove the doors and put them in the back of the vehicle. The roof panels would also come off to allow driving outdoors. Ford has also patented an innovative system that uses telescopic beams to protect drivers in the event of an accident while the doors are closed.
A leaked image (below) gives a glimpse of what would be the Bronco lighthouse. The design evokes the circular lamps of the original generation of the SUV.
Ford is said to have shown the Bronco at two doors at a dealership meeting. Although no photos were leaked at the event, attendees said the SUV retains elements of the original’s retro style, including a rectangular grille and round headlights. The two-door model was caught galloping in the snow during cold weather tests in February.
In early March, the alleged color palette of the Bronco leaked, displaying 10 colors for the all-terrain. Several have been shared with other Ford products (Mustang’s Race Red and Oxford White, General Ford Iconic Silver and Mustang Mach-E Carbonized Gray are present), while there are a number of new colors in Cyber Orange, Antimatter Blue, Fighter Jet Gray and Area 51.
What is it under the hood?
Our best guess is that Ford will likely drop an EcoBoost engine into the bay of the new Bronco. After all, the company has installed one in its all-terrain Raptor and its GT supercar. Canadian Tire leak refers to 2.3-liter EcoBoost unit, which produces 270 horsepower (201 kilowatts) and 310 foot-pounds (420 Newton meters) of torque in the Ranger, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission . A hybrid Bronco is a real possibility, just like a robust Bronco Raptor with a V8.
But we expect more from the Bronco base than what is said. It’s likely that the Bronco will feature the F-150’s 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6, which is good for 325 hp (242 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542 Newton-meter) of torque, as an option. We will be crossing our fingers for a new diesel engine as it has been introduced to the global Ranger Raptor market, but Ford is likely to remove the more than 10-year-old Duratorq from its lineup. A six-speed manual transmission with a “grandmother” reduction could also be one of the transmission options.
Where will it be built?
The Ranger and Bronco will both be produced at the Ford plant in Wayne, Michigan, but most of the engineering and development would be in Australia. location, particularly at the Ford-Asia-Pacific engineering center in Victoria. The new Ranger has also been developed underneath, and since the two will share a shortened version of the T6 platform, we expect the Bronco to have almost all of the same capabilities, if not more.
There are reports that Ford would not sell the Bronco or Baby Bronco in the right-hand drive markets. But then, the company filed a trademark application on “Bronco” in Europe on October 31, 2019. Although far from any kind of confirmation, this file showed that it should not be excluded that the SUV was finally available outside the United States.
How much will it cost?
With current conversion rates, the Ford Everest in the Australian market would cost around $ 40,000 in the United States. Given that production will be transferred to Michigan and that relative competitors like the Wrangler and 4Runner will approach $ 35,000, we can estimate that the Bronco will be roughly the same – lowering its starting price to low to mid -30s.
Whatever the starting price, it won’t include the wide range of accessories that Ford plans to offer. According to a report by Automotive news, 150 accessories will be available at launch. Ford is most likely hoping to replicate the success of the Jeep Wrangler in the aftermarket, where the popular all-terrain vehicle generates a significant portion of the business for the FCA Mopar brand. This should mean that Bronco owners can easily customize their all-terrain vehicle even before it leaves their local Ford dealership. And those who want to wear their Bronco love on their sleeves, literally, will also be able to choose from a range of clothing and clothing options.
When will we see it?
The Ford Bronco was to be revealed at the 2020 New York International Auto Show, but the coronavirus changed everything. Debut was postponed until the spring, and Ford set an official date for July 9. In a crazy coincidence, this date also turned out to be O.J. Simpson’s birthday, and much has been written about the infamous bond between Simpson and the Bronco. As such, Ford delayed Bronco’s revelation again until July 13. Except in the event of a pandemic or strange coincidences, this should be the last final start date.