01/10/2017 UPDATE: News from 2017 Detroit Auto Show is flooding the internet, so it’s hard to determine which one has the most importance. One of those that stands out is definitively the story about 2020 Ford Bronco. Yes and yes, it’s finally coming back! Our favorite 4×4 midsize SUV is coming back, and we are thrilled. The talk about Bronco resurrection goes back a decade, but Ford finally made it official. If you don’t believe us, believe their Twitter account. It is official as it gets.
We are grateful for confirmation, of course, but as far as design, specs and dimensions go we have nothing new to share. Detroit-based automaker only showed a graphic of Bronco name and once again confirmed its return and that it will be built at Michigan Assembly Plant. Home-grown Ford Bronco 2020 is what all of us were hoping to get. Joe Hinrichs from Ford Motor Company described Bronco as a versatile vehicle that will suit the needs of off-road enthusiast same as those who will need it for an everyday drive and daily chores.
At the same time as new Bronco, 2019 Ford Ranger was announced and it is also going to be built in Michigan. Ford didn’t disclose any info about the relationship between these two vehicles, but there are already talks about new 2020 Ford Bronco being a Ranger-based SUV. This info remains to be confirmed, so we will inform you about any news that comes our way.
Ford didn’t stop there with their announcement but also stated that together with Bronco and Ranger they are going to release another three utility vehicles. So, in the end, we finally got Bronco and Ranger, but now we are keeping our ears and eyes opened for three surprise vehicles that will come out of Ford’s Michigan Assembly. Stay tuned for more info!
2017 Ford Bronco – A few decades ago small two or four door crossovers were very successful because gas was cheap and they were usually cheaper to run than their sedan counterparts due to the fact taxes were cheaper. However, things changed and people moved to the bigger crossovers which offered a better ride quality and usually better crash safety as well so only a few of these small crossovers were left on the market. In the recent years, many people started buying once again compact crossovers which started to outsell small family sedans by a rather large margin. While manufacturers such as GM or even Chrysler do have quite a few offerings out there, Ford’s only contender is the Escape which is basically a European Kuga with a different badge.
2017 Ford Bronco Release Date
This is fine for most people out there but there is a large portion of the market in need of a crossover that not only looks great but also behaves like a true off-road machine when it needs to. There are only a handful of such cars on the market but most of these are rather old and not that appealing by now. Rumors suggested that a 2017 Ford Bronco would be released on the market by the end of last year but unfortunately, this did not happen.
There is some good news about these unconfirmed rumors though because not too long ago Ford themselves said that they are not currently working on a Bronco but such a model might be released in the future. This move would make a lot of sense because it would give Ford a competitor for the highly successful Wrangler and it would increase their value in the eyes of their customers.
Our best bet would be that the 2017 Ford Bronco is going to be released by the end of 2017 at least as a concept car in order to show the public what they want to build and it would be a good chance as well to see their feedback. So far we think that the upcoming Bronco is very likely going to employ the chassis of the Ranger pickup truck, basically allowing Ford to make a small and efficient crossover with already proved off-road capabilities.
2017 Ford Bronco Specs
Unlike the Wrangler which is using a V6 as its only engine, the future 2017 Ford Bronco is very likely going to be offered with a small selection of powertrains in order to allow it to meet its target price of around $20,000 for a base model. We actually expect it to feature a small 1.5 liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine with 180 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque, enough to make the compact crossover efficient and also quite fun to drive thanks to the fact the engine will provide a lot of torque for its size. A larger 2.7 liter V6 or even a 3.5-liter unit could be installed for the higher performance versions of the car while a 3.2 liter inline 5 diesel could be offered on the US version of the 2017 Ford Bronco, basically making it the first diesel-powered Ford crossover in the US.
2017 Ford Bronco Design
At this point in time, there isn’t any substantial information about how the upcoming Bronco is going to look but it is safe to assume that Ford will definitely borrow or at least get some inspiration from the design of the original Bronco with the bulky frame and the two big round headlights. Its interior might also be quite stripped in comparison to that of the Wrangler but this will likely happen in order to allow its buyers to customize the interior to their own liking which might appeal to the younger generation and it might make the car a true hit among them.