We recently got a peek at Ford’s most current SUV offering, the forthcoming “baby Bronco.” Possibly called the Adventurer or Bronco Scout, the little SUV will take many of its mechanical bits from the just recently exposed Ford Escape. Nevertheless, the baby Bronco will be appropriately intensified for genuine off-road work.
2021 Ford Baby Bronco Design
Based on the Escape’s modular architecture, the Adventurer/Bronco Scout/whatever will be sized like the Jeep Compass, somewhat larger than the Renegade and a little smaller than the Cherokee. Nevertheless, it ought to have as much off-road capability as the Trailhawk variants of each of those SUVs, that makes it an enticing proposition.
2021 Ford Baby Bronco Engine
The Escape will likewise likely donate its engines to the baby Bronco, including its top-spec 2.0 L EcoBoost I-4 that produces an approximated 250 hp and 275 lb-ft. Base versions of the off-road SUV might get a naturally aspirated 2.5 L I-4 with about 180 hp, but it’s also possible that the Escape’s entry-level 1.5 L turbocharged I-3 might migrate. It’s not clear what transmission Ford will provide or if the drivetrain will consist of a two-speed transfer case. However Jeep’s front-drive-biased crossovers use a reduction gear, so ideally, Ford will too.
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In regards to suspension design, do not expect the baby Bronco to stray too far from its donor SUV– four-wheel independent suspension is likely, thanks to the Escape’s new “separated rear subframe.” We think we’ll discover MacPherson struts in advance and short-long arms in the rear, but likely with taller springs and off-road-tuned shocks for higher ground clearance and action. The little Ford won’t offer Wrangler-grade expression– that’s going to be the Bronco’s purview– however, it needs to use lots of rough-road poise while still preserving a modicum of on-road composure and efficiency.
2021 Ford Baby Bronco Release Date
Ford’s baby Bronco SUV need to get here on the scene at some point next year (perhaps at the 2020 North American International Auto Show in June). It will be a 2021 model, destined for dealerships by fall 2020.