At the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford dropped the news we’ve all been anticipating for apparently permanently: The Bronco returns in 2020. Talking with R&T at the show, Ford Executive Vice President Joe Hinrichs pledged that the brand-new Bronco will be a bona-fide off-roader, hinting that the approaching SUV might be the first true rival to the extremely effective Jeep Wrangler in many years.
2020 Ford Bronco Design
The original Bronco, constructed from 1966 to 1977, used a solid front axle, as did the second-gen full-size of 1978 and 1979. In 1980, Ford switched to the Twin Traction Beam independent front axle design that remained up until the model was ceased in 1996. We cannot say for certain that this is 100-percent evidence that the new Ranger and Bronco will offer a strong front axle.
The accessibility of a strong front axle would be extremely excellent news for Bronco fans expecting a real hardcore off-roader to take the fight to the Jeep Wrangler. With the upcoming Wrangler redesign promising plenty of brand-new advances built on a standard 4 × 4 platform with solid axles front and rear, it sure would be terrific to see a solid-axle competitor from the Blue Oval group. Ford has currently verified that the Bronco will be a body-on-frame style, based on the Ranger platform; this in itself points to the Bronco being more hardcore than the normal unibody crossover.
Given that the Bronco will be based on the Ranger, we anticipated interior to share a particular similarity. We currently do not have an official idea about the U.S.-spec Ranger’s interior, though it will most likely look much like the worldwide Ford Ranger that’s been in showrooms around the globe for years. The United States Ranger will likely get a slew of updates and design changes over the current international truck, so that is exactly what we ‘d guess the Bronco’s interior to appear like.
A center-mounted shifter with a rotary dial for the 4WD is possible, along with large screens for the infotainment and chauffeur details displays. Anticipate keyless gain access to and push-button beginning to be basic.
Rear seat lodgings will depend on whether the Bronco can be found in 2- or four-door configurations. In either case, expect it to seat five guests. The rear seat will likely divide 60/40 design for transporting freight. We ‘d enjoy to see a drop-down tailgate and a fold-up hatch out back. That would absolutely separate it from the existing crop of crossovers.
2020 Ford Bronco Engine
As we stated about the future Ranger pickup, the Bronco will likely obtain its powertrains from the F-150. We ‘d enjoy to see the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 be the volume engine thanks to its 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. That would quickly out-gun the present Wrangler JK’s 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V-8. Optionally, we ‘d love to see the well-regarded 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Possibly Ford will save this engine for an efficiency model. That makes good sense when considering it makes an impressive 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
Supporting both engines will most likely Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission. It would be fantastic to see a six-speed handbook readily available also, though we’re not holding our breath. Of course, the Bronco will be offered with a part-time 4WD system. This suggests it has a two-speed transfer case that sends out power to the front wheels only when the chauffeur chooses 4WD high- or 4WD low-range. This transfer case will more than likely be electronic, implying it operates by the turn of a dial instead of a shift lever on the floor. Expect Ford to consist of an electronic locking rear differential also.
2020 Ford Bronco Release Date and Price
Rates is a far-fetched thing to be speaking about at this point, but we anticipate the Bronco to be highly competitive with the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. Costs for the Wrangler have actually been growing progressively, making it more costly than the cheap adventure it began as in the late 1940s. The current Wrangler JK Unlimited starts simply under $28,000. Once the new generation debuts, that rate will probably crest north by a couple hundred dollars. In short, the Bronco’s price will probably range in between $30,000 to $45,000, depending upon options and trim levels.
Schedule smart, the Bronco will not take place till the following year after the Ranger pickup. That puts the SUV as a 2020 model, hitting dealership display rooms in late 2019.