At the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford dropped the news we have actually all been anticipating for seemingly forever: The Bronco returns in 2020. Speaking with R&T at the program, Ford Executive Vice President Joe Hinrichs swore that the new Bronco will be a bona-fide off-roader, hinting that the upcoming SUV might be the first true competitor to the hugely effective Jeep Wrangler in several years.
2020 Ford Bronco Design
The original Bronco, constructed from 1966 to 1977, offered a strong 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 style that remained till the model was stopped in 1996. We can’t state for certain that this is 100-percent evidence that the brand-new Ranger and Bronco will offer a solid front axle.
The availability of a strong front axle would be distinctly good news for Bronco fans hoping for a true hardcore off-roader to take the fight to the Jeep Wrangler. With the upcoming Wrangler redesign promising a lot of brand-new advances developed on a traditional 4 × 4 platform with solid axles front and rear, it sure would be fantastic to see a solid-axle rival from heaven Oval team. Ford has actually already verified that the Bronco will be a body-on-frame style, based upon the Ranger platform; this in itself points to the Bronco being more hardcore than the normal unibody crossover.
Since the Bronco will be based upon the Ranger, we anticipated interior to share a specific similarity. We currently don’t have a main concept about the U.S.-spec Ranger’s interior, though it will most likely look much like the international Ford Ranger that’s been in showrooms worldwide for years. The U.S. Ranger will likely get a slew of updates and style changes over the present international truck, so that is what we ‘d think the Bronco’s interior to appear like.
A center-mounted shifter with a rotary dial for the 4WD is probable, in addition to big screens for the infotainment and motorist info displays. Expect keyless gain access to and push-button starting to be basic. Rear seat accommodations will be dependent on whether the Bronco can be found in 2- or four-door configurations. In either case, anticipate it to seat five travelers. The rear seat will likely split 60/40 design for transporting cargo. We ‘d like to see a drop-down tailgate and a fold-up hatch out back. That would certainly separate it from the current crop of crossovers.
2020 Ford Bronco Engine
As we stated about the future Ranger pickup, the Bronco will likely borrow its powertrains from the F-150. We ‘d love 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 easily out-gun the present Wrangler JK’s 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V-8. Optionally, we ‘d love to see the well-regarded 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Maybe Ford will save this engine for an efficiency model. That makes sense when considering it makes an excellent 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
Backing up both engines will probably Ford’s 10-speed automated transmission. It would be wonderful to see a six-speed manual offered too, though we’re not holding our breath. Naturally, the Bronco will be provided with a part-time 4WD system. This suggests it has a two-speed transfer case that sends power to the front wheels just when the chauffeur picks 4WD high- or 4WD low-range. This transfer case will most likely be electronic, meaning it operates by the turn of a dial rather than a shift lever on the floor. Anticipate Ford to include an electronic locking rear differential too.
2020 Ford Bronco Release Date and Price
Pricing is an improbable thing to be speaking about at this moment, but we expect the Bronco to be extremely competitive with the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. Rates for the Wrangler have actually been growing progressively, making it more costly than the inexpensive thrill it started as in the late 1940s. The existing Wrangler JK Unlimited begins just under $28,000. When the brand-new generation debuts, that price will most likely crest north by a couple hundred bucks. In other words, the Bronco’s rate will probably range in between $30,000 to $45,000, depending on options and trim levels. Availability wise, the Bronco won’t happen till the list below year after the Ranger pickup. That puts the SUV as a 2020 model, hitting dealership display rooms in late 2019.