While we’ve been speculating on the Bronco’s future engine
, infotainment system
, ground clearance
and even which platform
it could be based on, so has CheatSheet. They have put together 5 predictions
for the next gen Ford Bronco which they think are pretty likely to appear.
1. V8 engine not in it's future.
While the 5.0-liter V8 is still offered with the F-150, Ford is trying to phase out this engine
and replace it with the EcoBoost. For example, the new 2017 SVT Raptor was offered with a 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 instead of the 6.2-liter V8 which was found in the previous generation. We could very well see a turbocharged EcoBoost V6 under the hood of the new Bronco.
2. It won’t compete with the Tahoe-fighter
While the Chevy Tahoe was designed as a Bronco competitor back in 1992, it now sits as a full-size 4 door luxury SUV and weighs a hefty 5,600 pounds. The Ford Bronco is predicted to sit at the sweet spot between the large Tahoe and small Wrangler in terms of size.
The Bronco will also be a great deal lighter than the Tahoe with a body that is most likely to be constructed from aluminum.
3. Ford Bronco will be made in America
This is mostly due to the all imposing Chicken Tax
levied on foreign made vehicles. To overcome this, Ford will need to build them in America and there just happens to be an opening at Ford’s Michigan plant since both the C-Max and Focus’ production will be moved to Mexico. The plant’s future truck production was also hinted at in the contract between Ford and the U.A.W.
4. It will be four/rear-wheel drive
CheatSheet thinks that the new Ford Bronco will be offered in both rear wheel drive and all-wheel drive; AWD because it’ll still need to compete with the Wrangler’ off road capabilities and RWD because it’s available with the Ranger.
5. Likely to have a Raptor version after the initial release.
They just couldn’t see a reason why Ford won’t come out with a Raptor version. The Bronco’s off road capabilities and ability to change into a daily driver paired with the tough as nails Raptor would make an unstoppable machine.
Do you think their predictions are accurate?