At the Detroit auto show, Ford finally confirmed what most people already knew. The Ford Bronco will officially return to US showrooms in 2020, one year after the Ford Ranger midsize pickup truck makes a comeback of its own. Other than the fact that the new Bronco will be built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, everything about the new Bronco is no more than informed speculation.
It is assumed the new Bronco will be of body on frame construction just as the Ranger will be, making it a true SUV and not just another cute ute. The one question on everyone’s lips is, will it be two door like the original or a four door? There never has been a four door Bronco, but Ford has to be aware that Jeep sells many more 4 door Unlimiteds than it does the two door traditional Wrangler. Traditionalist will pray for a two door but Ford execs may prefer the extra sales the four door will bring.
And what will be under the hood? There again, speculation is rampant. A four cylinder EcoBoost engine seems a logical choice as well as a V-6 gas engine. GM is putting a diesel in its Canyon/Colorado midsize pickups so Ford may offer a diesel as well.
The original smaller Bronco is much prized by collectors and off roaders while the bigger version like the one OJ Simpson rode into criminal justice history offered far more carrying capacity. But if the new Bronco is based on the Ranger, it will be very close to the same size in length, width, and carrying capacity.
Both the Ranger and the Bronco were engineered in Australia, where customers appreciate toughness rather than than the excessive bulk of large pickup trucks like the Ford F 150. Interest in the new Bronco appears to be sky high based on the comments we have gotten to every story about its return. Hopefully, that interest will translate into enough sales to justify Ford’s investment.
One thing we do know is that the iconic Bronco logo will be retained for the new model. That in itself may make the trucklet worth buying.
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