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2020 Ford Bronco: What We Know So Far


Current State of the 2020 Bronco

With less than 2 years on the clock before Ford is reportedly due to drop the production model Bronco, there isn't any clear information on what the U.S. bound Ford Bronco will look like, however it has been assumed the Ford Everest mule seen above is also the upcoming Bronco, last seen August 2017. A month prior an anonymous source reported "the new Bronco is already in its third design phase, when only one is typical for a vehicle’s development." In that same report the Ford Troller was referenced which went on to suggest we may see a 4-door version, just not as Wrangler looking.

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Spy photographers believe they have caught a mule for the upcoming Ford Bronco.

Spied testing alongside prototypes for the new Ford Ranger pickup was this SUV wearing a Ford Everest body. Although our spy photographers’ sources inside Ford wouldn’t confirm, they did hint that it’s likely a Bronco mule that we’re looking at. It is expected that the Bronco will share a number of its components with the new Ranger truck.

Not much is known about the new Bronco except rumors say it could target the Jeep Wrangler. The nameplate makes a return after a 20-plus-year hiatus and will be built in Michigan. Expect power to come from turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines, although diesel and hybrid variants are also possible.

The new Ford Bronco should make its public auto show debut by 2019.
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Release Date

Fast forward to March 2018 and finally some solid details emerged along with a teaser that clearly takes on design elements closer to the Troller than the Everest, a relief considering Bronco fans want a product more along the lines of a Wranlger, Toyota FJ Cruiser, and so on. 2020 is officially the date set in stone according to Ford although no mention of how various powertrains will launch, a hybrid being one of them so far. If this and other details on Bronco hold true, it could be one of the best vehicles in its segment. Enough F150 Raptor DNA trickled down should help to ensure that.

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Confirmed: New Ford Bronco Will Arrive for 2020

It’s official: the Ford Bronco will return for 2020.

During a special event in Michigan today, Ford confirmed the iconic Bronco nameplate would return for 2020. The automaker released a teaser image of the rugged new SUV, showing off an extremely square and boxy silhouette with a narrow windshield and what looks to be a tailgate-mounted spare tire. Interestingly, Ford also revealed the Bronco will be a hybrid. It’s not clear if all versions of the Bronco will be electrified, or if it will simply be offered in hybrid form.

“Ford helped start the off-road phenomenon and has majored in off-road capability for decades – from the Bronco to the Raptor,” Ford president Jim Farley said in a statement. “Now, we’re ready to reclaim our rightful place as the off-road vehicle leader.”

On its newly launched web portal for the 2020 Bronco, Ford said: “This new generation Bronco boasts the latest in smart technology and a bold new look while remaining true to its rugged roots.” It sounds as though the new Bronco will have a considerable amount of technology, despite being a throwback-style revival vehicle.

Check back to AutoGuide.com for more information on the 2020 Ford Bronco as it becomes available.
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Bold Products, Big Changes

Feeding into excitement around the all-new Bronco is the fact that its one of many new product for Ford and a pivotal moment for the brand, meaning Ford has that much more money to invest in the Bronco and any product it shares DNA with, one of these is a "baby-Bronco". Its also why a Hybrid Bronco is part of the R&D process, as a large part of Fords strategy, hybrids will be tuned and tweaked for each model its in. Hopefully for us this means improved off-road capabilities that surpass what any non-hybrid off roader in its segment can achieve. In the end we will see the result of over $7-Billion in new development.

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"Of course, we’re attacking costs [as well],” said Hinrichs. Ford should reap $4-billion in engineering efficiencies in the next five years because of this.

The fruit of all this labor is a host of new Ford vehicles. Going forward, the company is focusing on SUVs in a big way, reallocating some $7-billion from its passenger-car range to utility vehicles.

This strategy will result in brand-new versions of the Escape and Explorer SUVs, which are scheduled to debut next year. A high-performance ST version of the latter will also join their lineup, becoming the second Ford Performance utility after the Edge ST.

Two dedicated off-road models are also on the way including a reborn Bronco and a second, unnamed model that will be smaller. Still, according to Jim Farley, the company’s president of global markets they’ll both be “purpose-built for getting off the highway.”
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Ford’s Electrified Future
Hybrid versions of the F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Escape, and Bronco will be offered, tuned for each specific model. The F-150, for instance, will offer more torque and serve as a mobile generator, which is handy on job sites; the Mustang will have enhanced acceleration.
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Baby Bronco?

Ford made it very clear with the teaser above as to what they're looking to accomplish, which although isn't the Bronco, does give us a better idea of what the Bronco needs to accomplish. It helps that an official Bronco teaser dropped the same day. Both models are reported to launch at the same time in 2020 and are key products for Ford's goal to reclaim its position in the off-road market. It sure sounds like the perfect match to give the Jeep Renegade and Wrangler something to worry about.

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Ford made several major product announcements today, one of which included the arrival of a yet-to-be-named small off-road crossover.

The automaker describes the vehicle as a “yet-to-be-named off-road small utility,” and provided a dark teaser image revealing the vehicle’s front end. To our eye, the crossover appears upright and boxy – almost like a shrunken Toyota FJ Cruiser. Standout stylistic features include the circular LED headlights and creased hood, which are joined by more utilitarian items like tow hooks and a roof rack. Black plastic cladding is also covering the fenders and wheel wells, building on the rugged go-anywhere look Ford was aiming for.

The unnamed small crossover was shown alongside a teaser image for the 2020 Ford Bronco. Along with the Ford F-150 Raptor, the crossover and the Bronco are the key components to Ford’s new off-road vehicle roadmap.

“Ford helped start the off-road phenomenon and has majored in off-road capability for decades– from the Bronco to the Raptor,” Ford president Jim Farley said in a statement. “Now, we’re ready to reclaim our rightful place as the off-road vehicle leader.”

Ford also said the Bronco and off-road crossover are “designed to win a growing number of people who love getting away and spending time outdoors with their families and friends.”

It didn’t provide a timeline on when the vehicle may arrive, but we wouldn’t be shocked if the automaker had more details to share with us at the 2018 New York International Auto Show later this month.
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I'd assume the baby Bronco would look similar to the normal sized bronco, but that doesn't seem to be the case with how angular the covered vehicle looks and how rounded the teaser image is. Could they be completely different models?
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It looks like to me that the compact version will be more similar to the Ecosport. Im kind of happy that it looks like we'll be getting two very distinct platforms. Fingers crossed that Ford is actually considering a Raptor trim for the full sized model.
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It looks like to me that the compact version will be more similar to the Ecosport. Im kind of happy that it looks like we'll be getting two very distinct platforms. Fingers crossed that Ford is actually considering a Raptor trim for the full sized model.
Similar when it comes to wheelbase, sure. I think if they can push the EcoSport like how Toyota pushes its CH-R and then make the baby Bronco a true Renegade rival then they could be on to something. Offering a product that offers a different experience is what will set these two apart. So far the baby F-150 (aka Ford Ranger) is proving Ford can do well with baby versions of certain products.
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