At the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford dropped the news we have actually all been expecting for seemingly forever: The Bronco returns in 2020. Talking with R&T at the program, Ford Executive Vice President Joe Hinrichs vowed that the brand-new Bronco will be a bona-fide off-roader, hinting that the approaching SUV could be the first real rival to the wildly successful Jeep Wrangler in several years.
2020 Ford Bronco Design
The initial Bronco, built from 1966 to 1977, used a solid front axle, as did the second-gen full-size of 1978 and 1979. In 1980, Ford switched to the Twin Traction Beam independent front axle design that remained until the model was ceased in 1996. We can’t say for specific that this is 100-percent proof that the brand-new Ranger and Bronco will use a solid front axle.
The accessibility of a solid front axle would be distinctly excellent news for Bronco fans hoping for a real hardcore off-roader to take the fight to the Jeep Wrangler. With the upcoming Wrangler redesign promising plenty of brand-new advances built on a standard 4 × 4 platform with strong axles front and rear, it sure would be fantastic to see a solid-axle rival from the Blue Oval team. Ford has currently validated that the Bronco will be a body-on-frame style, based on the Ranger platform; this in itself indicates the Bronco being more hardcore than the typical unibody crossover.
Since the Bronco will be based on the Ranger, we expected interior to share a specific resemblance. We currently do not have a main concept about the U.S.-spec Ranger’s interior, though it will probably look just like the international Ford Ranger that’s been in display rooms around the world for many years. The U.S. Ranger will likely receive a slew of updates and design changes over the present international truck, so that is exactly what we ‘d guess the Bronco’s interior to look like. A center-mounted shifter with a rotary dial for the 4WD is probable, along with big screens for the infotainment and driver details display screens. Expect keyless access and push-button starting to be basic.
Rear seat accommodations will be dependent on whether the Bronco is available in two- or four-door configurations. In any case, expect it to seat five passengers. The rear seat will likely split 60/40 style for carrying freight. We ‘d love to see a drop-down tailgate and a fold-up hatch out back. That would absolutely separate it from the existing crop of crossovers.
2020 Ford Bronco Engine
As we stated about the future Ranger pickup, the Bronco will likely obtain its powertrains from the F-150. We ‘d like to see the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 be the volume engine thanks to its 325 horse power and 375 pound-feet of torque. That would quickly out-gun the existing Wrangler JK’s 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V-8. Optionally, we ‘d enjoy to see the well-regarded 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Possibly Ford will save this engine for an efficiency model. That makes sense when considering it makes an outstanding 365 horse power and 420 pound-feet of torque.
Backing up both engines will probably Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission. It would be wonderful to see a six-speed handbook offered too, though we’re not holding our breath. Obviously, the Bronco will be used with a part-time 4WD system. This suggests it has a two-speed transfer case that sends out power to the front wheels only when the motorist chooses 4WD high- or 4WD low-range. This transfer case will more than likely be electronic, meaning it operates by the turn of a dial instead of a shift lever on the flooring. Anticipate Ford to include an electronic locking rear differential too.
2020 Ford Bronco Release Date and Price
Prices is a far-fetched thing to be discussing at this moment, but we expect the Bronco to be highly competitive with the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. Rates for the Wrangler have been growing progressively, making it more pricey than the inexpensive thrill it began as in the late 1940s. The existing Wrangler JK Unlimited begins just under $28,000. As soon as the brand-new generation debuts, that price will most likely crest north by a couple hundred dollars. In other words, the Bronco’s rate will most likely range in between $30,000 to $45,000, depending upon options and trim levels. Schedule sensible, the Bronco will not happen until the list below year after the Ranger pickup. That puts the SUV as a 2020 model, striking dealer display rooms in late 2019.