The New 2020 Ford Bronco

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The Ford Bronco is coming back. Ford confirmed the return of the legendary off-road SUVat the Detroit Auto Show in 2017, and we expect the 2020 Bronco will make its debut there next January. Naturally, Ford hasn’t released many further details on the 2020 Bronco, other than one teaser image, but we know it’s based on the 2019 Ranger, which debuted earlier this year

Here, we’ve compiled all we’ve heard about the new Bronco, including the details we can glean from the Ranger.

The last-generation Bronco was based on the F-150, but Ford product head Joe Hinrichs told us the 2020 will be based on the new Ranger. Someone claiming to be a Ford designer on Reddit said that the Bronco will be similar to the Everest, a Ranger-based SUV sold in other markets.

Former Ford Chief Technical Officer Raj Nair, however, contradicted that assertion—he said the new Bronco will be a unique vehicle, not a reworked Everest. Size-wise, he said we expect something smaller than the original Bronco but bigger than the 1980s Bronco II. And if you’re worried the new Bronco will be a glorified Explorer, don’t be. He followed it up by saying “people have an idea of what a Bronco should be. Certainly, we have an idea of what a Bronco should be, and we’re going to be looking forward to bringing that to our customers.”

We wouldn’t be surprised if Ford’s new Bronco shares engine and transmission offerings with the Ranger since they’ll share a platform. For the US market, the new Ranger gets a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder derived from the Focus RS. Ford hasn’t released detailed specs for the Ranger’s engine, but it has confirmed that it’ll be equipped with a 10-speed automatic. Ford did, however, confirm in its 2018 Q1 earnings call that the Bronco will get a hybrid drivetrain of some sort.

The alleged Ford designer on Reddit did say that the Bronco will get an off-road version to take on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. That fits with Nair’s assertion that the Wrangler will be the Bronco’s chief competitor. As for a Raptor, that’s anyone’s guess. Ford is making a Ranger Raptor, but it’ll only be sold in Asia-Pacific markets. Ford Performance boss Jamal Hameedi didn’t rule out the possibility of a Raptor-ized Everest at the Ranger Raptor’s launch, so perhaps there’s some hope for the Bronco.

Unfortunately, we’ve also heard that Ford isn’t planning on building a two-door Bronco. Much as we’d like to see this throwback to the original, it’s likely far too niche for Ford. We do know, though, that it will get a removable roof. So that’s encouraging.

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