Brace yourselves, off-roading fans, Ford is bringing back the legendary Bronco. Though Ford is still calling the new Bronco a 2020 release, multiple outlets are now reporting that the Bronco will be hitting dealer lots so late in 2020 that it will count as a 2021 release. Considering Bronco fans have waited this long, we're sure they'd rather wait a little longer for a Bronco that is as tough and fun as the original. Perhaps, much like with Ford's Mustang, which famously debuted so late in 1964 that it got a 1964.5 and 1965 edition the new Bronco will have a 2020.5 and a 2021.
Ford might be taking their time because they know how much this new Ford Bronco has to live up to. The classic Bronco is a legend. Even though production ended over 20 years ago, the Ford Bronco has remained one of the best off-roading vehicles.
New Bronco Technology Features Leaked
Another salvo of Bronco information has been unleashed by leakers. This leak in particular (thanks to Hagerty for the scoop) deals with some of the more technological features that will be implemented in the 2021 Bronco. Most of these features are focused around off-roading. Features like off-road navigation, adventure capture, real-time tire pressure monitoring, and convoy communications are quite explicitly geared towards off-roading. With these technological features in the works, it’s only a matter of time for the more nitty-gritty off-roading specs of the 2021 Bronco to be released!
Together, all of these features should work together to make a safer overall off-roading experience. The off-road navigation feature has already been implemented on the Ranger. It digitally tracks your position and allows you to backtrack if necessary. Additionally, the real-time tire pressure monitoring and convoy communications allow drivers to check in on their tires and other off-roaders straight from their Bronco. The one feature that leaves some room for interpretation is the adventure capture which ostensibly stores plenty of data from your off-road excursions (including video potentially) for later use.
In addition to those features, there are a variety of other more general features leaked for the 2021 Bronco. The rear seat occupant alert and on-board scales are claimed to be features on the upcoming Bronco as well. That being said, the impressive amount of off-road-focused technology does put more emphasis on the Bronco’s inevitably impressive off-road capabilities.
More Bronco Patents Unveiled
Another round of patents relating to the upcoming Ford Bronco have been uncovered by The Drive. Most of these revolve around the Bronco’s removable doors and the engineering problems that they pose. All of these aren’t guaranteed to actually make their way onto the new Bronco, but Ford’s focus on an open-air experience is abundantly clear.
This patent shows a series of retractable pillars that span the gap left by a removed door. It’s unclear whether these are intended to stay in position at all times, or if they are designed to engage in the event of a crash.
This shows the design for a split level door. This offers a middle open-air option as the top portion of the door can be removed, keeping the lower half of the door and the side mirrors in place.
Like the previously revealed tube door airbags, this is another safety option for alternate door designs. This patent shows a flexible door with an integrated airbag that can easily be zipped or buttoned up.
This particular patent is quite interesting. This proposes an odd suicide door setup where both doors are attached to the b-pillar, meaning that they fold out towards each other when fully opened. It seems that this odd set up is intended to make door removal and storage a bit more simple, as both doors when opened can be bolted to each other and stored on the Bronco’s rear end.
This patent shows a type of tube door with a body panel to keep the outside appearance of a normal door with a more lightweight construction.
Pictured in this patent is a storage system for the bottom half of the previously described split level doors. The doors slide into specific slots so that they can be removed while on the go easily. That all being said, there doesn’t seem to be a pictured storage location for the top half of the doors.
In this patent, Ford shows their idea of keeping the side mirror illumination when the doors are removed.
Finally, there’s this patent for a smart AC system that can detect whether or not the Bronco’s doors or roof are removed.
Patent Shows Tube Door Concept With Airbag
More exciting information about the upcoming 2021 Bronco’s tech has been uncovered. In addition to the previous patents showing off the Bronco’s removable doors, another Ford patent has been uncovered that shows a system for implementing airbags on the Bronco’s tube doors.
While tube doors aren’t considered the pinnacle of vehicular safety, they now seem to not be a serious detriment to the Bronco’s safety. Regardless of which type of door that you have installed, you will be protected in case of a collision.
This is a pretty significant safety increase, as you can enjoy an open-air experience with your Bronco without sacrificing door side airbag protection. Even if this update is just about the safety of the 2021 Bronco, this level of attention to detail means that there are surely more technological advances and tweaks that we have yet to hear about.
Bronco Will Absolutely be Based on Ranger (7/5/2019)
Though a Bronco mule was recently spotted sporting an F-150 body, the actual 2021 Bronco will be based on the Ford Ranger. This is fantastic for a few reasons.
A smaller wheelbase means that the Bronco will have some off-roading credentials, and won't be as weighed down as the bulky F-150. The approach and departure angles will be significantly better than it looked like they would be on the F-150 version as well. This also makes sense given that we recently learned about the Ranger engine option that the Bronco will be offered with.
So, what does this mean for the Baby Bronco? Most likely it will be based on an even smaller foundation, likely that of the Ford Escape.
The Bronco was always most successful when it was a small and agile off-roader, so this development is great news for everyone who wanted a Ford competitor for the Jeep Wrangler. Even if you love the Wrangler competition tends to bring out the best in everyone, and an off-roader battle royale sounds like something to look forward to.
Engine Option Leaked (6/25/2019)
If you spend your time on tire configuration websites based out of Canada, you may have seen one of the most exciting leaks about the Bronco to date. We finally have some information about at least one of the engine options that will be available for the Bronco, and considering it was the only one spotted, it will almost certainly be available at launch.
A 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost. It's most likely that this is the same engine that is currently being used in the Ranger. The great news about that is that we can get a very clear picture of what the Bronco's capability will be. You can even go test drive a Ranger during the waiting period to see if you like the feel of the EcoBoost.
The rest of the engine options are still a mystery. We know there will be a hybrid engine option. Likewise, we can be pretty sure that if the Bronco is getting the Ranger's chassis and engine, we'll probably get the ten-speed automatic transmission that is offered for the Ranger as well. Hopefully, now that we're halfway to 2020, we'll get more details soon.
Bronco Test Mule Spotted Sporting F-150 Body (6/9/2019)
Thanks once again to Ford Authority, a Ford Bronco prototype was spotted driving around in an F-150 costume. Besides the simple front and rear bumpers, the shortened bed is the true indication that this is indeed not an F-150 but rather a Bronco test mule. This test mule is quite different than the camouflage-clad Bronco test vehicle spotted in February. Beyond the F-150 garb, a few flourishes of the Raptor are visible on this test mule as well, like the wheels and front grille.
There isn't too much to be gained from the spy shots alone; nothing new is visible from these images. The choice of an F-150 disguise, however, could say quite a lot. The previously spotted test mules that were based on the Ranger could actually end up being prototypes for the Baby Bronco rather than the full sized model. While they could just be two versions of Bronco test mules, the possibility remains that this is the first true spotting of the full size 2020 Bronco. Whether or not the previous Ranger based test mules are the Baby Bronco/Scout or not, this new F-150 clad Bronco test vehicle is a sign that development is certainly underway.
2020 Bronco To Come With Hybrid Option
Even the 2020 Bronco will be given the electric treatment. Thanks to automotive reporter Michael Martinez who was privy to a Ford shareholder's phone call, it can be confirmed that the 2020 Ford Bronco (and ostensibly the smaller Scout / Baby Bronco) will come with a hybrid option.
It's no surprise that electrification is a big priority for automakers right now, so the hybridization and electrification of nearly every major vehicle platform is inevitable. We've already seen this happening with the F-150, and even the 2020 Bronco's main competition, the Jeep Wrangler. All in all, this technology has gotten to the point that electrified drivetrains can (and will) find their way into every vehicle. This does not mean that there won't be an option for an ICE Bronco in 2020, but rather, that there's a more fuel-efficient option.
The news about the electrification of the 2020 Ford Bronco also bears on the future of the new Ranger pickup as well. Since the Bronco is based on the Ranger's platform, a hybrid Ranger is practically guaranteed.
Spy Shots of 2020 Bronco Reveal Solid Rear Axle
A new bevy of spy shots have surfaced that show the undercarriage of the 2020 Bronco. Thanks to Ford Authority, these spy shots paint a clear picture of what type of vehicle the updated Ford Bronco will be. From what these spy shots show, it looks like the Bronco is going to continue to be a blast to drive and a beast on the trails.
Underneath the Bronco, several important things are visible. First off, there's the solid rear axle. While this was known to be the case (as the 2020 Bronco shares its platform with the SRA equipped 2019 Ranger), this is the first visual confirmation we've had of the Bronco's rear suspension. Additionally, a meaty skid plate can be seen protecting plenty of the undercarriage as well. This makes plenty of sense as well. If you truly want to work out that solid rear axle, you're going to want some protection.
Another image shows the Bronco wearing 33-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires. Even though-some Bronco owners will immediately want to put 37s on their Bronco, a 33-inch tire from the factory is nothing to scoff at.
The Baby Bronco most likely has a new name! Ford has copyrighted the name "Scout" which seems like a fitting name for its smaller Bronco model. The "Harvester Scout" was actually one of the first vehicles the Bronco was designed to compete with and is a great name for a small off-roader, which seems to be what the Bronco Scout is designed to be. We'll be updating information about the Bronco Scout as it's released in addition to continuing to collect information about the Bronco-proper.
2020 Bronco Confirmed To Have Removable Doors (3/25/2019)
The 2020 Bronco will indeed be wild. In a dealer meeting, more info about the Bronco was released, including the exciting news that the Bronco will come with a removable roof and doors. The ability to remove most of the vehicle's exterior has been a big selling point for the Jeep Wrangler for years; now that the Bronco can do the same, the competition between the two will be even stronger. Speaking of removable doors, the 2020 Bronco also reportedly has the option for both a 4 and 2 door configuration, alleviating enthusiasts' fears that there would only be a 4-door version to appeal to the mass market.
Besides the information about the Bronco's removable top and doors, more details on the upcoming off-roader's appearance were revealed as well. While there are no pictures, people attending the meeting claimed that the new Bronco's style remains heavily inspired by its past. They saw a rectangular grille emblazoned with the Bronco logo and the trademark round headlights.
There were a few more anecdotal nuggets of information from this meeting. For one, the Bronco reportedly will have solid axles on both ends and will be powered by EcoBoost engine. The seven-speed manual gearbox was confirmed as well. All in all, this news confirms that the Bronco will be a serious contender in the off-road market. Though Ford has indicated there will not be a sub-brand, they've referred to the "Bronco Family" enough that it opens up a lot of questions about how this new series of off-road-focused will affect the brand overall.
With Automotive News noting that attending dealers referred to the new Bronco as "a game changer" and "twice as cool as I thought it would be", the new information and sentiments to come out of the event are sure to increase enthusiasm and positive expectations from fans. Now, it's only a matter of time until we get a first official glimpse of the 2020 Ford Bronco.
Bronco Test Vehicle Spotted (2/28/2019)
Although this is one of the more bizarre test vehicles we've seen, all signs are pointing to this heavily camouflaged vehicle being the 2020 Ford Bronco. Thanks to the ever-vigilant spy photographers over on AutoBlog, we finally get to see what this modern Bronco looks like on the road.
There are quite a few things that stand out from these spy shots. First off, the bed on the back of the vehicle appears to be based on the Ford Ranger, which in turn helps confirm it as the Bronco as it is known to be built on the Ranger platform. Additionally, the wheels appear to be placed closer to the front bumper and rear bumpers. This wheelbase heavily suggests offroad use, which is right down the Bronco's alley. The roofline also persists through the entire vehicle, further showing that it is definitely an SUV and not a truck. Even though this prototype's wrap is quite confusing, it's not difficult to imagine this vehicle conquering some trails. Now we can only wait until its official reveal!
Detroit Auto Show (1/14/2019)
Though many anticipated that Ford would use the Detroit Auto Show to show off the Bronco, which is arguably their most anticipated vehicle, ultimately, we received few updates. During Ford's Explorer press release, Ford executives teased out the reveals we can expect over the course of the next twenty-four months. Those vehicles? The Escape compact crossover, the new F-Series, a new Transit van, the Mach 1, and the 2020 Bronco. Though that was the only update received on the Bronco, Ford's talking points regarding the Explorer might provide us with some insight as to what the future of the Bronco may hold.
Improved safety, flexible drivetrains, and a combination of old and new energy sources are some of Ford's focal points for their upcoming vehicles. With any luck, we'll get more details on the Bronco soon.
Ford Spotted Benchmarking JL Wrangler (12/6/2018)
Ford has firmly set its sights on the 4X4 world. Thanks to Ford Authority, images of a JL Wrangler being tested on Ford's proving grounds have been leaked. Since the Jeep Wrangler is considered the standard for off-roading vehicles, it makes sense that Ford would want to scope out the competition as much as possible. While they have remained tight-lipped about the nitty-gritty details of the Bronco, this test shows the standards of which they are holding their new line of off-roading vehicles. We all anticipated that this competition was coming and it's exciting to see the opening salvos between Ford and Jeep.
2020 Baby Bronco Leaked From Dealer Meeting! (11/13/2018)
The moment everyone has been waiting for! The 2020 "Baby Bronco" has potentially been leaked at a dealer meeting in Las Vegas quite recently. If our sources are correct, this is the same dealer meeting where the GT500 was leaked only a few short weeks ago. Regardless, we're incredibly happy to see that this new "baby" Bronco looks to take on a rugged exterior that looks to be purpose-built for the outdoors and venturing through the unknown. To us, it kind of looks like an amped up cross between an FJ Cruiser and new JL Wrangler, but smaller.
...and we love it!
Potential Easter Egg: If you look closely at the second picture below, you can see a shadow behind the vehicle on stage. If this is what we're thinking -- the vehicle could be the "baby Bronco" that Ford announced to us earlier this year, and the shadow could be its larger Bronco brother. More news to come!
Stay tuned for more updated to come on the all-new 2020 Ford Bronco!
2020 Ford Bronco 7-Speed Manual Transmission (10/9/2018)
There's an exciting rumor afoot for those purists out there that refuse to settle for a slushbox: the new 2020 Ford Bronco may be available with a 7-speed (!) manual transmission. For some, the high number of overdrive gears seems like overkill, but in this day and age, we're happy to accept any car that allows us to row our own gears. Even if it was expected that the Bronco was compelled to offer a manual gearbox in order to compete with its soon-to-be arch-rival, the Jeep Wrangler, this latest bit of news should intrigue many enthusiasts.
According to sources that spoke with Jalopnik, the new 7-speed manual transmission (known as MT-88) will be crafted for the Bronco by Getrag. As the current builder of the Mustang's MT-82 six-speed manual transmission, Ford's choice of Getrag would certainly be logical. It also naturally leads to the question of whether this new MT-88 7-speed would be available on future Mustang generations. Currently, 7-speed manual transmissions are only used by high-performance sports cars with lofty price tags, such as Porsche's 911 series.
While there may be some critics that think a 7-speed manual transmission adds confusion and unnecessary gears to the driving experience, the primary benefit is higher fuel efficiency. Ford's dedication to improving fuel economy and shifting towards more sustainable cars is likely a driving factor here, even if the 2020 Bronco will be on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to the environmental focus of their model line-up.
At the end of the day, this rumored 7-speed manual transmission would likely only be sold on a small percentage of 2020 Ford Broncos. But with that said, it would make an excellent component of marketing campaigns, putting the Bronco into territory that cannot be matched by its competitors. Stay tuned as we await more concrete evidence from Ford to see what transmission options we can expect on the new Bronco.
2020 Ford Bronco Renderings (5/31/2018)
While we’re still waiting for more news on the next-generation Ford Bronco, how about we look at some awesome renderings from Road & Track on what they believe might be hiding under that inconspicuous tarp. Using a bit of reverse engineering based on the outline underneath the tarp, the old 2004 Bronco concept, and a little improvisation, graphic designer Michael Clark put together some wicked renderings of what the new Ford Bronco might look like. Including wheels from the new Ford Ranger and elements from the F-150, the design is well-rounded and may very well be a pretty good estimation of the new Bronco. We wouldn’t be too disappointed if this rendering became a reality!
First Look at the New Ford Bronco (3/15/2018)
Ford has released the first image of the all-new Bronco. Even though we can’t technically see the Bronco in this photo, it’s a pretty good teaser of the overall shape and outline of the vehicle. Along with the teaser photo, Ford did mention that it will be releasing a smaller off-roading vehicle in addition to the new Bronco. Ford also confirmed its commitment to producing economically friendly vehicles, mentioning the possibility of a hybrid Bronco. Although it had been rumored that the Bronco will be only offered as a four-door vehicle, the basic outline underneath the tarp might reveal otherwise. Judging from the photo, it looks like this could be a two-door Bronco complete with a spare-tire carrier on the back. We’re certainly excited about the possibility of a two-door Bronco and cannot wait to what else Ford has up its sleeve!
A Bronco Raptor? (2/18/2018)
When Ford's Performance Head Engineer Jamal Hameedi, dropped a hint about the possibility of an SUV Raptor and naturally, everyone connected a few dots that may or may not actually form a picture of things to come.
Very specifically, before he gets misquoted, Hameedi said: "There's no reason we wouldn't do an Everest Raptor."
Not a lot to go on. But the Everest is an SUV based on the Ford Ranger, the same truck frame that the Bronco will use. Does that mean we'll get a Bronco Raptor? Honestly, considering we're not even getting a Ranger Raptor, I wouldn't hold your breath on this particular rumor panning out. It's an exciting possibility though.
2020 Ford Bronco: What We Know So Far
There are quite a few rumors floating around the automotive community about the 2020 Ford Bronco. Raj Nair, Ford’s executive vice president and president of North America, confirmed in early 2017 that the Bronco will return. It’s also been said that the Bronco will be based around the Ford Everest, a midsize SUV based on the Ford Ranger truck that is offered in African and Pacific markets. However, Nair denied this when speaking with Autoline, claiming that it will be “completely unique” from the Ford Everest.
So while the new Bronco might share some similarities with the Everest, it will not be identical. Spy photographers in Arizona spotted an Everest in camouflage serving as a mule for the 2020 Ford Bronco. However, it is said that just the powertrain in the Ford Everest bodywork will transfer over to the Bronco, which will more than likely have the same powertrains and steel frame as the new Ford Ranger. What’s under that hood, you ask? While the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine could be a viable option, other possibilities for the Bronco include a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, 2.0-liter EcoBoost I4, or a 3.2-liter Power Stroke I5 diesel engine. A hybrid version might even be in the works, which is not too surprising considering Ford plans on releasing more electric and hybrid cars in the future. A removable roof, reportedly named the “Air Roof”, seems to be a certainty for the Bronco, potentially featuring three removable panels.
Renderings from fan forum Bronco6G.com show a four-door Bronco that is both modern yet contains some of the classic features, such as an inset grille and round headlights. We wouldn’t be disappointed if the new Bronco resembles these renderings.
2020 Ford Bronco: The New Wrangler?
When it comes to off-roading, there’s no vehicle quite like the Jeep Wrangler. However, according to Gear Patrol, an anonymous source at Ford said the new Bronco could be similar in appearance to the Brazilian Ford Troller, which is also based on the global Ranger and strongly resembles a Jeep Wrangler. What’s great about the Wrangler is that the two-door option is still available after all these years. However, rumor is that the 2020 Ford Bronco might not have a two-door option since the vast majority of consumers would most likely opt for a four-door model. While the Bronco is in its third design phase now because it might look too much like the Wrangler, the whole idea behind the redesigned Bronco is to rival the popular off-roading Jeep. It’s been said that an off-roading version is planned, which we are hoping will be a Raptor of some sorts.
If you think about it, there aren’t many vehicles out there that can compete with the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. If Ford were to create a Bronco to rival the Wrangler, it could open the door for a lot more competition in the open-top, off-road SUV space. Since the Bronco is gearing up to go against the Wrangler, it may only be offered in four-wheel drive. We already know that the new Ford Ranger features Dana axles, which can also be found on the Wrangler. Dana has also said that the Bronco will feature driveline components from the company. Now, whether those will be solid axles like those found on the Wrangler, only time will tell. The Bronco will also be able to wade through 500mm of water, which is equivalent to almost 20 inches. If the new Bronco is anything like the Wrangler, it will definitely heat up competition in the off-road vehicle market. Ford may be reviving the Bronco vs Jeep Wrangler rivalry, but will the Bronco be able to keep up on the trail?
2020 Ford Bronco Price
How much will the new Ford Bronco cost? Since no official details have been released yet, we can only estimate the price range of the new Bronco. The estimated base price for the 2020 Ford Bronco is around $30,000. That number definitely seems like a strong possibility, with the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL starting at $30,495 for the most basic four-door model.
Ford Bronco History
With all this talk about the new Ford Bronco, let’s not forget about the original Bronco that is still well-loved and collected by many. Created as a competitor to the International Scout and the Jeep CJ, the original Bronco first came out in 1966, lasting 30 years until production halted in 1996. For five generations, the Ford Bronco was one of the top 4x4 vehicles on the market. When the first Bronco came out, there was only one engine option available, a 170-cubic inch six cylinder capable of producing 105 horsepower. Equipped with solid valve lifters, the straight-six engine was accompanied by a three-speed manual transmission and a column-mounted shifter. A 289-cubic inch V8 engine became available next, followed by a 302-cubic inch V8 that output 204 horsepower. There were three different body styles available for the first-generation Ford Bronco: a half-cab model, topless roadster, or a standard wagon. Eventually, the roadster was replaced by the sport package due to a lack of interest. While the first Bronco models were equipped with a Dana 30 front axle, a stronger Dana 44 axle took over in 1971.
For the second generation that began in 1978, the Bronco was redesigned based on the F-100, sharing a body, drivetrain, and chassis with the well-loved Ford truck. The second-generation Bronco increased in size, claiming to seat six adults. The second generation of the Ford Bronco only lasted two years and was the last generation to offer a solid axle. For the third generation beginning in 1980, the Bronco received another redesign alongside the F-Series trucks. With the third generation Bronco, Ford added Dana 44 Twin Traction Beam independent front suspension and eventually replaced the 9-inch rear axle with a new 8.8-inch axle. The Bronco underwent another redesign for the fourth generation to coincide with updates to the F-150. At this point, the engine lineup consisted of the 300-cubic inch straight six, a 302-cubic inch V8, and a 351-cubic inch Windsor V8. While the fifth generation began in 1992, it only lasted a few more years before eventually being replaced by the Ford Expedition. There was also a Ford Bronco II in production from 1985-1990, which was more compact than the original Bronco and based on the Ranger platform. While the first Bronco got replaced by the Expedition, the Bronco II was replaced by the Ford Explorer.
Even though we don’t know the full details of the new 2020 Ford Bronco yet, we cannot wait for it to get here! Be sure to check back for all the newest updates and information on the new Ford Bronco!
After pausing production for over 20 years, the once popular Ford Bronco is making a comeback. The new Bronco will be based on the same platform as the Ford Ranger. While the full details and specs haven’t been released yet, we can’t wait to see what Ford has planned for the 2021 Ford Bronco!