Ford has confirmed the return of their famous Bronco at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Ford Bronco will make a comeback as a midsize 4×4 for 2020. They even wrote on Twitter: “We are bringing back the #Ford #Bronco! One of five all-new global utilities coming by 2020 #FordNAIAS #NAIAS”.
About New Bronco 2020
Besides the official announcement, we only have few details about the new Bronco. We don’t know the design, dimensions or the specifications and Jeep officials only showed a Bronco graphic during the announcement. According to Ford’s Joe Hinrichs, the long-anticipated 2020 Ford Bronco will be assembled at the Michigan Assembly Plant.
As Hinrichs states, the upcoming vehicle is “a no-compromise midsize 4×4 utility for the thrill-seekers who want freedom and off-road functionality, with the space and versatility of an SUV. It’s capable of conquering everything from your daily commute to gravel roads and boulders.”As he was talking, behind him were images of rocky off-road terrain indicating that the new Ford Bronco 2020 will be a fascinating off-road vehicle.
Moreover, the 2019 Ford Ranger has been announced and it should also be produced at the Michigan Assembly Plant. Is there a possibility that the new 2020 Ford Bronco will be based on the new Ranger? Let’s take a look at Hinrichs’ statements once again. He did say that the new Bronco would be a midsize off-road capable 4×4 SUV, so it might be true that it will be based on the Ranger, but this is only a speculation and we will have to wait and see what happens.
Both of these vehicles – 2019 Ford Ranger and 2020 Ford Bronco have been rumored for a long time and this confirmation put smiles to many faces in the world, not only in the US. The first time we had a chance to see the plans for Bronco and Ranger was back in October 2016 in Ford’s union contract revealed by Auto Workers representative. However, this is the first time the official announcement comes from Ford and we have no doubt that these two models will see the light of the day. By 2020 we expect to see five new vehicles from Ford, but Bronco and Ranger are the best and most important ones.
Ford’s Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President of Product Development, Raj Nair was also asked about the new Bronco but he was reluctant to speak of the details. However, he did say that the 2020 Ford Bronco would be different and “live up to the heritage” and that it is a “capable and confident all-rounder.” We might even see a Bronco with three-door body style, but Nair didn’t want to talk about the design, keeping the fans in the dark. Moreover, it is hard to tell where the vehicle will be launched, so we don’t know whether it will reach the Australian market.
The last time we had a chance to see Bronco hitting the streets was way back in 1996. The Ranger, on the other hand, is in production, but the problem is that it hasn’t been available in the US for some time and the American customers would love to see Ranger on sale at its home. Speaking of the powerplant, both of these cars might end up with a naturally aspirated unit or an EcoBoost. Moreover, a 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 diesel engine is also a possibility, but we have few details to talk about the powerplant of these two cars.
Ford Bronco Concept
In 2004 we had a chance to see a Ford Bronco concept and ever since than we have waited for news like this. When it was presented, the concept had that famous boxy exterior which reminded us of the original Bronco that was assembled from 1966 to 1977. The production Bronco will take after the Ranger, but the engineers will probably look back to the concept which is expected to borrow some details to the new model.
J Mays, Ford Motor Company group vice president of Design spoke of the concept:”True to its heritage, the Bronco concept is a tough, genuine SUV that’s all about function. It’s like a claw hammer in a box full of a department store, battery-operated, plastic, power tools.”
The concept does look like the original model from the 1960s but it adds modern technology. The headlamps use LED and halogen light sources while the LED taillights of the concept have a rectangular shape. The roof is interesting because it is made up of two separate sections and the driver can remove the rear portion. The concept is equipped with a 2.0-liter common-rail DuratorqTDCi engine which comes from European product range, but this engine, that delivers 128 horsepower and 244lb-ft of torque at 1,800 rpm probably won’t be in the production Ford Bronco 2020.
Mays also said for this concept:”The Bronco concept is like your favorite pair of worn, faded jeans – classic, familiar, comfortable and always in style.”
We cannot wait to find out more about the new 2020 Ford Bronco and to see how much of the original look will be retained and how Ford plans to combine modern technologies with retro design. Stay tuned for more details.