Ford initially promised the Bronco would return at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, together with the Ranger. While the automaker’s midsize pickup is already on sale at dealerships, its rough-and-tumble utility vehicle sibling has yet to make its launching.
Even though Ford has stayed tight-lipped on the Bronco so far, the company has verified a couple of things, and there are a lot of reports to keep us waiting with bated breath until its actual reveal. Here’s everything we know so far.
2020 Ford Bronco Powertrain
One of the biggest concerns surrounding the new Bronco is what will live under the hood. Ford has a wide range of engines on a deal, however considering the Ranger sports a 2.3-liter, turbocharged inline-four, that’s a great place to begin, specifically thinking about a possible leak might have confirmed it. Ford likewise stated throughout an investor call that it will launch a hybrid Bronco variant in the future, too.
Considered that the Bronco will share a platform with the Ranger, a variety of the Ranger’s underlying bits will likely move over to the Bronco. Parts like the 10-speed automatic transmission, two-speed transfer case and electric power steering might all take a look, but Ford hasn’t talked about much yet.
Considering that the Bronco is a worldwide vehicle, there’s a likelihood that other markets will get something aside from a gas engine. Overseas Ranger variants, including the Ranger Raptor, sport a four-cylinder diesel engine, however, offered the United States distaste for diesel, each market will likely receive powertrains customized to its wants and needs.
There’s one fascinating report that Ford has not yet confirmed. According to some serious digging on Jalopnik’s part, it’s believed that the Bronco may be used with a seven-speed manual transmission. That would certainly provide it a distinct touch, and it would match the fact that Jeep provides a manual transmission in the Wrangler, but Ford hasn’t talked to that report at this moment.
2020 Ford Bronco Features and Tech
The most notable rumor about the Bronco’s potential features concentrates on the body panels. Several patent filings have meant removable doors, which would make good sense, given its closest rival uses the very same sort of performance. A report claims that Ford’s dealerships were at one point shown a Bronco with detachable doors and a detachable top, even more enhancing the argument that Bronco motorists will have the ability to experience plenty of sun and sky behind the wheel.
It’s likewise possible that the Bronco might mirror the Wrangler and use strong rear axles front and rear. A presentation from axle provider Dana stated it’s working on the Bronco’s axles. However, the company develops both strong axles and independent suspensions, so a beam-axle Bronco isn’t necessarily a given, but that would provide it a major boost in the ruggedness department.
When it pertains to the Bronco’s tech, we haven’t even heard many reports to that end. But, provided that it’s a new Ford vehicle, it’s not silly to presume that the Bronco will bring Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system, that includes assistance for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Given that its shares a platform with the Ranger, the Bronco ought to also have comparable chauffeur help systems available. For context, the Ranger presently offers a suite of active and passive tech that includes automatic emergency braking, blind area tracking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep help.
2020 Ford Bronco Design and Variants
Ford has favorably locked down any conversation on the Bronco’s appearances or possible variants. While we have certainly heard through the grapevine that dealers have taken a peek at the new SUV, absolutely nothing from those meetings has managed to leakage online.
Well, except for one thing, sort of. Ford released images online from one dealer conference that showed uncamouflaged photos of a compact-looking blocky SUV. Nevertheless, it’s presently believed that the images are not of the Bronco itself, but rather the “Baby Bronco” that will slot below it. Matching a teaser that Ford released previously, it’s reassuring that Ford is taking its classic designs into account when producing these new vehicles, even if the smaller sized Bronco might be a unibody crossover counting on elements from other Ford vehicles.
So far, the most illuminating photos of the 2020 Bronco have been renderings. The Bronco6G forum whipped up some scrumptious fake images of the Bronco, showing a lot of rectilinearity and obtaining some of its looks from the F-150 pickup. Ford’s teaser has only offered us a concept of its silhouette, total with a sweet tailgate-mounted spare tire.
Thinking about the Bronco will be built to take on the Jeep Wrangler, and offered the angles seen in its sole teaser, I expect Ford to count on lots of straight lines and old-school taste. Ford has already stated it will share a frame with the Ranger, which makes sense from an expense perspective.
There’s an opportunity the Bronco will spawn its pickup version, too. A report from July declared that Ford would construct its bulky pickup to match FCA’s efforts, just like Jeep made with the Gladiator. If you’re stressed over brand cannibalization, given that the Ranger currently exists, there’s some precedent here– FCA is dealing with a correct midsize pickup under Ram that will stand as a considerably less expensive method to move into a little truck. The Gladiator is … costly.
Although some of its advancement is occurring in Australia, Ford’s sales employer in the area told the Aussie site Carsales that the Bronco would not be offered in right-hand-drive markets.
2020 Ford Bronco Release Date and Price
Release dates are normally the last thing an automaker reveals for an offered car, so it’s most likely we still have rather a long time to wait before Ford informs us when the Bronco will go on sale. At the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, Ford said that the Ranger would debut in 2019, which it did, followed by the Bronco in 2020.
Rumors so far have indicated a late-2020 release, perhaps late sufficient for the 2021 model year. If that’s the case, a world launching might happen at any time in the very first half of the year, which would provide Ford sufficient time to host a media drive in between the unveiling and its real on-sale date. The Chicago Auto Show in February is among the world’s largest programs by foot traffic, which would be an excellent spot for launching. However, there’s always the possibility that Ford may wait up until June to offer the rescheduled Detroit Auto Show one heck of an inaugural summer program. It’s not likely Ford would use a European auto show, like Geneva in March, thinking about the United States is most likely the Bronco’s greatest market.
One thing we do understand, though, is that the Bronco will be built right here in the US of A, at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.
As for cost, prospective rivals like the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner start in between $30,000 and $35,000, so it would not be unreasonable to anticipate the Bronco to land somewhere because range, but Ford has not validated that.