The return of the Ford Bronco is beginning to feel as slow-moving as O.J. Simpson’s 1994 car chase through Los Angeles. Ford made the statement that the Bronco was coming back in January 2017, and it will lastly arrive at some point in 2020. But even though the Blue Oval has been fairly mum on information regarding this amazing new model, we’ve got a clearer image of the rugged SUV over the past few years thanks to rumors, illustrations, parts guides, and different other reports about the restored Bronco. Here is everything we know so far.
It Will Have a Turbo-Four Engine
This tidbit of information about the Bronco’s powertrain originated from a Canadian Tire parts database, which showed a DOHC 2.3-liter inline-four available for the 2021 Ford Bronco. We took this to imply that the Bronco will share its engine with the Ford Ranger pickup truck, which uses a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission is most likely to be the Bronco’s gearbox of note, although some reports have suggested it might provide a manual transmission as well.
Platform Shown the Next Ranger
The Bronco will be a truck-based body-on-frame SUV, and its foundations will be shared with the next-generation Ford Ranger mid-size pickup. Dripped pictures of the next Ranger surfaced previously this year, which might provide us a sign of what the Bronco’s styling will look like. We also know from Ford’s teaser image that the Bronco will have a blocky profile with a rear-mounted spare tire in the grand tradition of off-road SUVs.
There Will Be a Bronco Hybrid
Ford has said it will provide hybrid powertrains for most models in its lineup, and the Bronco will be one of them. We’re not exactly sure at this moment what configuration the gas-electric Bronco’s drivetrain will take, be it a standard hybrid or a plug-in hybrid. Ford has spoken about the possibility of an onboard generator system for the F-150 hybrid, and that system might be shared with the Bronco.
Roof and Doors Will Be Removable
If it wasn’t currently clear that the Bronco was targeting the Jeep Wrangler, the info that the Ford will have a removable roof and doors just like the Jeep cements it. Both two- and four-door versions will have doors that can be taken off for more outdoor enjoyable, matching the removable hardtop that will likewise be used. According to a report from Automotive News from a dealer meeting, the Bronco’s side mirrors will be mounted on the A-pillars, and the doors will be stowable in the freight location. Patents for the door-removal system reveal a set of locks, a far easier solution than the Wrangler’s doors, which require you to eliminate screws and bolts.
It Will Be Constructed in Michigan
Ford has formally announced that the new Bronco will be constructed at the company’s plant in Wayne, Michigan, replacing the now-discontinued Focus and C-Max. In a nice historical touch, this is also the plant where Broncos were developed from 1966 to 1996.
There Might Be a Pickup Version
A report from a few months ago recommended that the Bronco would eventually generate a pickup variation to do fight with the Jeep Gladiator, which itself is based on the Wrangler. This may appear redundant considered that the Bronco and the Ranger pickup would share elements, but the concept is that the Bronco pickup would be more off-road capable, more costly, and cooler-looking than the Ranger. If it happens, the rumor is it will appear by 2024, or around four years after the basic Bronco.