Everything We Know About The Ford Bronco

Posted: Aug 29 2019, 10:01am CDT | by , in Cars & Vehicles

 

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Everything We Know About the Ford Bronco
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We've been waiting decades for the new Ford Bronco. Here's everything we know so far.

The Ford Bronco, manufactured since 1965 but discontinued after 1996, is finally returning to Ford's lineup next year.

Ford announced the Bronco's return in 2017, and most of what we've learned since then has been from rumors and the occasional comment from company management. Not every piece of information about the Ford Bronco is confirmed, and we haven't gotten an official image of the new Bronco yet. However, we do know a good deal about the specs and design.

What Is the New Ford Bronco?

As described by Ford, the new Bronco is a body-on-frame midsize 4x4 utility with offroad capabilities. The 2021 Bronco will be a continuation of the old line, and it will be manufactured in the USA, at the same plant as the Ford Ranger. There will be a two-door and four-door variant.

Another model, most likely called the Bronco Scout or Sport and dubbed the "baby Bronco" by Ford enthusiasts, is expected to launch alongside the 2020 Ford Escape. It will be less rugged than its midsize counterpart, built for some offroading but not extreme terrain.

What Will It Look Like?

We know the general shape and silhouette of the Bronco from a teaser image provided by Ford of the new SUV covered by a tarp. The picture seemed to suggest a three-door variant. Ford quashed that rumor somewhat when it revealed there was no actual truck under the tarp, just a clay model.

Other teaser images provided by Ford hint at the shape of the grille and headlights. Beyond that, there's not much to go on.

The new Ford Bronco will most likely look like older models, but Ford higher-ups have been especially tight-lipped about how they will modernize the design. Some internet rumors have suggested it will be based on other Ford lines, like the Ranger. Others have said the new Bronco will take after the Everest or the Troller. Raj Nair, before his departure from Ford in 2018, said it would be unique from the Everest but also share its chassis.

We probably won't know what the Bronco looks like until Ford shows it off publicly.

Specs and Special Features

The Bronco will be a hybrid vehicle, as part of Ford's new strategy of going "all-in" on electric options. It's also expected to be running on a 2.7-liter Ford EcoBoost engine. Until we know more about the Bronco's specifications, we're not sure if it will suffer the same mechanical issues as Ford's recent F-150 pickups.

Recent patent filings do suggest the new Bronco may have removable doors, along with side air bags that deploy whether or not the door is there.

The Ford Bronco in 2020

The Bronco is set to roll out in the fourth quarter of 2020, but we may get better details about the Bronco straight from Ford as soon as this year. In the meantime, though, we're sure to get more rumors and teasers to keep us occupied.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
Scott Huntington is a writer and journalist from Harrisburg PA who covered movies, tech, cars, and more. Check out his blog Off The Throttle or follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.

 

 

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