The solid front axle is one of the Jeep Wrangler’s biggest selling points and it was even highlighted to the automaker’s salespeople in a document that recently leaked on the web. There’s no denying that this suspension is good for off-road use, but Ford engineers decided against it and opted for an independent front axle for the new Bronco. Here’s why.
In a recent interview with MuscleCars and Trucks, engineers from Bronco’s R&D team gave more details on the independent front suspension of the relaunched Bronco. If it is necessary to summarize their remarks, the choice of an IFS route is mainly linked to the behavior of the vehicle on paved roads. But we’ll let them explain it in their own words.
“For IFS, we do [the Bronco’s] manners are much better on the road, ”Bronco chief engineer Eric Loeffler told the online publication. “Therefore, we get the best of both worlds… at Bronco we were able to balance performance, especially at higher speeds, unlike our competition. And yet, on the road, the vehicle is so much more pleasant to drive.
Off-road fans will likely disagree – isn’t the new Bronco designed to go through mud most of the time, after all? The debate between the solid axle and independent suspension won’t settle down anytime soon, but Ford might have an answer to its critics for choosing an IFS setup for the Bronco.
“If you want to be a high speed off road racer in the desert, you really want an IFS… there is one element of the suspension technology that we have selected is the right one for what we are targeting,” Jeff Global Program Manager from Ford Seaman added.
What a “high speed off road desert racer” you might ask? Well, we don’t know exactly, but it looks like engineers wanted to make sure the new Bronco was immune to the so-called Death Swing phenomenon that makes the steering wheel shake violently after hitting a bump in the road. at higher speeds.