The Bronco is one of Ford’s better known crossover and it is in fact the car that started the crossover craze more than 3 decades ago. Unfortunately it was discontinued back in the ‘90s in order to replace it with a unibody crossover better fit for use on the road. More than 2 decades after it was discontinued it seems a new model is finally going to be released. At first it was just a rumor but the 2020 Ford Bronco has been confirmed by Ford a few months ago. This time around the Bronco will share its chassis with the new Ranger. On top of that it is expected to boast a similar running gear and interior but a completely different looking body.
Ford said not that long ago that the Bronco is going to be overbuilt for what it is. This likely means that it will be built on a fully boxed in frame aimed for truck use.
Thanks to that it should have increase torsional rigidity as well as much more strength than an equivalent crossover chassis. This will more than likely give the Bronco an edge over some of its rivals. While it will share most of its chassis with the Ranger, the wheelbase is expected to be shorter on the Bronco, at least on the 2 door version. The 4 door version might get a similar wheelbase to the truck in order to accommodate more seats than its shorter sibling.
Some also suggested that Ford could use their aluminum expertise with this model. If this is the case then it might become one of the lightest cars in its class. The price is still unknown but we can expect the 2 door model to cost less than $25,000 with the 4 door version going for more than $30,000.
2020 Ford Bronco – The design
There haven’t been any official pictures or renders of the 2020 Ford Bronco released so far. While it is unusual, Ford did this in the past with the F-150 when they preferred to build an old model’s body out of aluminum than give out the design of their new truck. This is likely what is happening with the Bronco project. Not that long ago we have seen a European-spec Ranger heavily camouflaged on the US roads. While this seemed identical at a first glance, it was actually sporting a higher ground clearance and it also had a wider track than its European counterpart. This is likely because Ford is trying different suspension configurations for the Bronco. The new crossover will more than likely receive a modern-classic look similar to what its main rivals has. However, Ford is also expected to give it a bit more flair so we shouldn’t be surprised if they decide to weave in some modern touches.
Inside the cabin
While the exterior will be unique, the interior of the 2020 Ford Bronco might have a lot more in common with the Ranger than first reported. At this point it seems that the two cars might get roughly the same dashboard and set of features.
There are some reports suggesting the Bronco will receive more rugged materials inside in order to better cope with the off-road conditions. On top of that, a high performance model might be added into the mix with unique seats, upholstery and instrument cluster. This is expected to be sold by Ford’s Performance Division as a specialty product in a similar fashion to the Raptor.
Under the hood 2020 Ford Bronco
The 2020 Ford Bronco is likely going to boast a 2.3 liter turbocharged EcoBoost as its base powertrain. This is known to make over 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque in most applications, so it should provide a good starting point for it.
A better performing twin-turbo V6, likely offering north of 350 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, is also a real possibility. In order to please everyone it seems Ford will also release a diesel for their Bronco. The most probable powertrain in this case is their new 3.0 liter turbocharged V6.
This engine is known to make over 240 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque, so it should have no problems powering the lightweight Bronco. A 6 speed manual will likely be standard on the base engine while the rest will get a 10 speed automatic. Also, it is worth mentioning that four wheel drive will more than likely be offered as standard across the range.
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2020 Ford Bronco Spied
According to motortrend, the new Bronco is being tested, we hope it will not look like Everest.