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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-22-2017, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Exclusive: Leaked Details on the New Bronco



Ford remains tight-lipped regarding information of their new 6th generation Bronco and much of what’s discussed on this forum thus far has been based on rumors, renderings, and bits of speculation. Now the information dry spell has been broken by an anonymous Ford engineer who is closely involved with the project.


Reaching out to us, the Ford representative has revealed a few intimate details of the new Bronco, but fans of the vehicle may not like what they have to say.


Still slated to be revealed in 2020, the Bronco is currently in the research and development phase. Some would assume that the Bronco’s resurrection would be similar to the Ford GT’s comeback, with 99 percent of the company kept in the dark until its debut. Only a select few engineers and designers had a say in the final product, giving them free reign to produce an exceptional supercar.


But the same cannot be said for the Bronco as it seems to be suffering from “paralysis by analysis,” which is essentially their way of saying that there are too many cooks in the kitchen. Ford’s engineering, R&D, marketing and management departments are going in circles about what they think the production Bronco should be.


“They just commissioned another design study, because they feel it looks too much like a Wrangler,” said our source. “If you’re familiar with the [Ford] Troller, out of Brazil, that’s the basic concept, but it’ll look like a four-door version of that.” That’s great news for those who fell in love with the initial Bronco concept with how similar it looks to the Troller pictured above.


While Ford may be using the Jeep Wrangler as a benchmark, the design team has decided to forgo a two door variant because they just don’t think there’s a viable market for one. At least they’re still going to offer a removable modular roof consisting of three panels.


What they’re aiming for is a vehicle that’s comparable to a Wrangler in every way aside from its rock climbing prowess and that limitation stems from the Bronco’s architecture, which is based on the Ranger platform. In lieu of using the previously speculated aluminum body-on-frame construction with solid front and rear Dana axles, the Bronco will be sitting on a less off-road friendly steel platform.


Aside from that, the new Bronco should still be able to perform adequately off-road; able to ford through bodies of water up to 500mm and it could be hosting a powertrain similar to the 325 horsepower 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 unit found in the Fusion sedan. Those looking forward to a high-performance “Raptor” version, may have a long wait ahead of them because the Bronco development team hasn’t even started working on it yet, though they are considering a future hybrid variant.


There may be one too many cooks in the kitchen, but the Bronco is still on track for its 2020 release an estimated MSRP of around $30,000.
What does everyone think; will Ford’s new Bronco keep the Jeep Wrangler on its toes or is the model doomed before it even takes off?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-04-2017, 12:26 PM
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At least one thing that will help them compete with the Wrangler is the fact they will be using the same axles from Dana, something which I believe was posted on this forum with sources. So that already provides some slight insight on the logic being applied on its driveability.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-07-2017, 02:08 AM
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That sounds concerning when too many minds are bumping heads together and even the marketing department is involved? That means the Bronco could be decent at everything but good at none.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-11-2017, 02:20 PM
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That sounds concerning when too many minds are bumping heads together and even the marketing department is involved? That means the Bronco could be decent at everything but good at none.
Which goes for a lot of products these days so don't be surprised if that turns to be the case although for success of this product, at the lowest trims that should be the case. An SVT Bronco should live up to what we all expect from an SVT model.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-20-2017, 01:21 AM
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Such a shame that uniqueness is bred out of a lot of models these days, but an SVT variant would appeal to the older Bronco owners and new enthusiasts.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-21-2017, 11:01 AM
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Such a shame that uniqueness is bred out of a lot of models these days, but an SVT variant would appeal to the older Bronco owners and new enthusiasts.
With how much of a gap there has been since the last bronco a lot of it will be lost in the process. From what I seen people just want the idea of what the Bronco was and want that done right. In doing that Ford will have success and I think you will agree.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-22-2017, 12:27 PM
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The new bronco just needs to be comparable to a Wrangler in terms of ruggedness and off-road capability. I don't expect it to take on those almost vertical rock climbs at Moab, but some of the bumpier trails through streams and rocks.
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The new bronco just needs to be comparable to a Wrangler in terms of ruggedness and off-road capability. I don't expect it to take on those almost vertical rock climbs at Moab, but some of the bumpier trails through streams and rocks.
Toyota FJ is a better example to me since its not nearly as rich in military use or not nearly as hardcore overall as the Wrangler. Since the Bronco doesn't have that history, what we're looking for is Ford's version of the FJ Cruiser.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-03-2017, 04:11 AM
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Can we not look at the Ford Troller capabilities and use it as a basis for what the new Bronco will be able to handle? I know the platform won't be the same, but it could be used as a standard for performance.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-10-2017, 09:02 AM
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I'm still a bit skeptical about it and would rather use the Ranger for reference because in the end it makes sense to have both models be similar. Ford has done it in the past and its a trend they are likely to keep up.
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