Alright, so we finally have some info to work off of and discuss here as things were getting a bit tired.
Someone managed to get a chance to speak with an engineer that is close to the Bronco development team and he has shared some information on the new Ford Bronco. Now, it isn't a confirmation of anything, but it's something.
Firstly, and obviously, the Wrangler Unlimited is being used as a benchmark vehicle for the Bronco... not really a surprise at all.
Secondly, the engine used in the Ford Fusion Sport, 2.7L Ecoboost V6
is a befitting engine
Rock crawling is not
a priority for the Bronco because of the aluminum intensive platform. It will however meet water wading depths of 19.7" which is good enough for the vast majority of consumers.
A Raptor version is definitely not in the works yet.
A hybrid version is a possibility as the F-150 is going hybrid and that setup can be transferred over.
At the present moment, the unnamed Ford engineer claims the Bronco is in the third design phase. “If you’re familiar with the Troller (pictured), out of Brazil, that’s the basic concept, but it’ll look like a four-door version of that.” The automaker apparently doesn’t have plans on offering a two-door model because “there’s just no market for it.” Reading between the lines, competition from Jeep is stiff, and Ford is playing it safe.
In a bid to steal some customers away from Jeep's Wrangler, the Bronco is expected to gain a removable modular roof. The setup, apparently, consists of three separate sections. Allegedly, only the top sections are removable.