We know a new Ford Bronco is coming. We just don’t know what it will look like yet or when it will arrive. Here we have two very different versions, one from Road and Track and one from a website called NewReleaseDate2017. The Road and Track information is gathered from designs put together by fan site Bronco6G. R&T says the new truck will see production in 2020.
The Bronco6G concept features several drawings of what Bronco fans would like to see. All of them are straightforward, uncluttered designs that combine visual cues from the Gen I and Gen II Broncos of the past. In particular, they feature the classic, round headlight look that was a characteristic of those original cars. Here’s a slideshow for you to enjoy.
“For our Bronco concept, we fused styling elements from previous Bronco generations, the 2004 Bronco concept, and modern Ford trucks and SUVs,” Bronco6G.com administrator Tom told Road and Track in an email. “You can see the classic round headlights and square inset front grille evolved from the 1st gen Bronco, which was also showcased in the retro-futuristic 2004 Bronco concept.
Our concept features a modern body-on-frame next-generation Bronco that retains a tall, boxy, tough, no-frills design with a strong focus on utility and off-road capabilities. We fitted separate versions with different grilles, wheel fender shapes, varying ride heights, and cargo rack for some different looks,” Tom said.
On the other side of Bronco Boulevard is information from NewReleaseDate2017. It says the new Bronco will be in showrooms by mid-year as a 2017 model. It shows a somewhat larger, beefier truck with modern LED headlights and less respect for the past. It also says there will be a high performance version featuring a Ford 5.8 liter V-8 similar to the one found in the Shelby GT500 and capable of pumping out 662 horsepower and 631 lb-feet of torque. Take a look at what their design sketches look like.
The website gives a few details about engine availability and interior styling. It says the exterior will look much like the current F 150 with a massive front grille, 2 pairs of LED headlights and fog lights. Inside, expect the latest high end technology features and room for five people. A large SAT-NAV/infotainment screen will dominate the center of the dash.
Who’s right? So far, Ford has been playing its cards close to the vest, while allowing a number of design exercise to circulate on the internet so it can get get feedback on what potential customers might like. If I had to hazard a guess, I think the new Bronco will be more like the Bronco6G concepts for two reasons.
First, everybody in Detroit surely remembers the storm of protest that broke over Jeep when it tried to change the shape of the headlights on the Wrangler a few years back, no? Second, the Bronco will based on the chassis for its kissing cousin, the new Ford Ranger, so I think it will not be just a rebodied F 150.
But my crystal ball is no better than yours. Let us know what you think in the comments section.
Photo Credits; Bronco6G, NewReleaseDate2017