What is the relationship between the Ford Bronco and the first 2016 American presidential race? Well, the answer involves much more than meets the eye. In the 20th century, the Bronco was a very popular SUV beloved for its sturdiness as well as off-road capability. However, the model was discontinued in 1996. Since then, Ford has tried to revive the model without success, the last effort being in 2004, when the automaker showcased a Ford Bronco concept at the North American International Auto Show. Ford would go on to reveal that the model‘s return is planned for 2020 in a somewhat weird way.
During the recent first American presidential debate, Donald Trump argued that American companies such as Ford were robbing Americans of job opportunities by their decision to shift production bases to Mexico. In response, Ford tweeted as the debate went on that the move to shift production of its small cars to Mexico would not have an impact on American jobs.
Ford said that the automaker was planning to start production of two new models, a Ranger and a 6th generation Bronco. Just like that plans for a new 2020 Ford Bronco were shot into the limelight. The model will be released in 2019 as a 2020 model. The model will compete with the Jeep Wrangler which sells without a strong-enough rival.
2020 Ford Bronco Exterior
As at now, Ford has not released even a single photo of the Bronco. All we have is a rendering from Bronco fans forums around the world (bronco6g.com). The rendering is actually based on the original Bronco but with a 21st Century touch. At the front, the model will likely have a grill with horizontal bars and flanked by round-shaped headlights. Its fenders have been hooked up with a unique Bronco character line. The bumper design is borrowed from the F-150.
On the sides, our engineers went with a single character line that runs the entire length just like the original model. Its fenders have moderate bulges to hide the huge tires that wrap its stylish wheels.
The rendering shows a two-door Bronco but I think Ford will also offer and 4-door version.
Most likely, the model will be based on a body-on-frame platform. As such, the Bronco will be a fully boxed automobile. It will be constructed using high-strength steel while its suspension will likely feature an independent suspension system.
2020 Ford Bronco Interior
Details about the Bronco’s interior styling are still scanty. However, since the model will be based on the Ranger, it will likely adopt many styling cues from the Ranger. The likely features include a center-mounted gear shifter. Going with the current trend in the market, the Bronco will likely feature huge screens for driver information displays and infotainment.
The model will accommodate five passengers. In addition, expect the rear seat to have a 60/40 split/folding configuration to help expand cargo space when need be. In addition, the model will likely feature an early of new driving aids and safety technologies. Stay tuned for more information.
Engine and performance
According to credible sources, the Bronco will borrow its power-trains from the impressive F-150. As such, the probable engines include the 2.7 L, EcoBoost V-6 good for 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque in the current F-150. If Ford goes with this engine, it will out-rightly beat the current Jeep Wrangler 3.6 L, V-6 engine that produces 285 horses. For more juice, Ford will likely offer the 3.5 L EcoBoost V-6 that returns 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque in the F-150 truck.
Both engines will be paired with the automaker’s 10-speed automatic transmission system but Ford may also offer a 6-speed manual gearbox as an option. The model will feature a part-time 4WD system, which features a 2-speed transfer case. The system sends power to the front wheels only when the driver selects 4WD low-range or 4WD high-range. The transfer case will be automatically controlled via a dial. The model will also feature an electronic locking rear differential.
Price and release date
Being a 2020 model, it is way too early to talk about its prices. However, I believe the model will be slightly expensive than the wrangler which has a starting price of around $28,000. I think a starting price of around $32,000 is a good guess for the 2020 Ford Bronco. The top trim will attract as much as $45,000. The model will likely hit dealer showrooms in the last quarter of 2019 as a 2020 model vehicle.
As you may have guessed, the Jeep Wrangler will be the Bronco’s top rival. The Chevrolet Trailblazer will also pose some rivalry to the 2020 Ford Bronco. If Ford will use the above drive-trains, it will instantly create an edge over its rivals.