In 2004 at the North American Auto Show, Ford showcased a Bronco concept that left enthusiasts highly anticipating a production model to follow up later. 11 years later and there is no news from the automaker about the possibility of a Bronco except through rumors.
But as they say “where there’s smoke there’s fire”. However, in this age of internet and Photoshop, this could be “photo-shopped smoke”. Nowadays a rumor can be easily started through a wisely designed rendering which can be passed as a leaked model from the automaker. We hope this is not the case as a Bronco rendering has been doing rounds on the internet eliciting numerous reviews and discussions. Perhaps things would have been a little different and expectations a bit fizzled out had Ford replaced it with something close to what it used to be, but a 4-door Expedition, the automaker hugely disappointed its enthusiasts.
For 20 years after its discontinuation, the market has not seen any model come close to the features and personality that the Bronco stood for. But you might ask whether the market is even ready for a 2-door, all terrain SUV in this age?
Unfortunately, there has been no word from Ford, nonetheless read along to find what the rumors are saying about the Bronco.
2017 Ford Bronco Exterior
According to the rumors, the 2017 Ford Bronco will be based on the Ford Atlas Concept on which the F-150 Raptor is based. It will be made from lightweight materials such as high-strength steel and aluminum meaning it will be very durable and dependable as we remember it but very light compared to the last model produced.
The renderings doing round on the internet showcase a muscular looking 2-door SUV with some elegant touches. It includes a chromed grille, 2-pairs of rounded LED headlights similar to predecessor Broncos and fog lights for enhanced visibility.
There is not that much information as of now and immediately new information creeps up, we will be the first to let you know.
2017 Ford Bronco Interior
On matters interior styling, the Bronco will feature the latest technologies according to the rumors. Leather will be the standard upholstery material.
The cabin will be spacious enough to accommodate 5 passengers comfortably and still leave plenty of cargo space. Its dashboard is modernized and equipped with a large touch-screen that integrates a SAT-NAV and an infotainment system.
As you can see details on the Bronco are quite scanty and mostly mere speculations but immediately credible information comes up, we will let you know.
Engine Specs and performance
Under the hood, the rumors claim that the SUV will be offered in three engine variants. The base engine will be a 4.7 L, 6-cylinder power stroke unit good for 330 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque.
The second engine being touted will be a 5.0 L, 8-cylinder Coyote engine capable of producing 420 hp.
The most potent engine will be a 5.8 L, 8-cylinder unit that pumps 662 hp and 632 lb-ft of torque. This is the engine powering the Shelby GT500. In terms of transmission, the base engine will be paired to a 6R140, 6-speed automatic transmission system while the more potent engines will be mated to a ZT-6 transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission system.
Price and Release date
If for a minute, the rumors come true, then you will get your Bronco at a price close to that of the Ford Raptor SVT F-150.
A simple search on the internet will reveal the extent of the rumors with some claiming a Bronco concept will be unveiled in 2016, others claiming a 2017 production model but as at now all are just that, rumors.
There are also rumors that the UAW (United Auto Workers) confirmed the production of the new Bronco as a model for 2019, called 2020 Ford Bronco.
Whether there is any truth in them or not, one thing which is sure, the discussion will not cease and the rumors will continue until Ford comes out and makes an official announcement.