- 1 What’s New In Ford Bronco 2020
- 2 It’s Been A Long Time Coming
- 3 A Quick Review – What Does Bronco Have To Offer?
- 4 Powertrain And Ride Quality
- 5 Hybrid Specs – On Par With The Leaders Or Not?
- 6 Interior Quality, Space, Comfort
- 7 Techy Specs And Safety Features
- 8 Checking The Exterior
- 9 There Will Be Two Broncos!
- 10 The Verdict
What’s New In Ford Bronco 2020
- A Brand-New Model, Built From The Ground Up
- Introducing The Sixth Generation Of Bronco
- New Engines, Suspension, Brakes
- 2-/4-Door Configurations
- A Capable Mid-Size SUV
- Impressive Power Output
- A Spacious Cabin; Lots Of Cargo Space
- An Affordable Price-Tag
- It’s The Good Old Bronco!
- Might Turn Out To Be A Bit Outdated For 2020
- Jeep’s Wrangler Is Already Available
- We Still Don’t Know What It’s Gonna Look Like
- Jeep Wrangler
- Jeep Renegade
- Ford Ranger
- Land Rover Defender
|Starting Price: 30K USD||Number Of Seats: 2 or 4, depending on the version||Powertrain: 2.3-lit 4-cyl/2.7-lit V6 (good for 310HP)||Drivetrain: Front-Wheel Drive|
|Fuel Economy: Unknown||Configurations: 4×4 SUV||Warranty: 3years/36K miles||Transmission: 7-speed manual/10-speed automatic|
Overall Rating: 8/10
Ride Quality: 7.5/10
Value For Money: 8/10
It’s Been A Long Time Coming
Before we get to the discussion of the 6th gen, I gotta say that Bronco has been around for more than five decades. The very first generation was introduced back in 1965. As for the latest gen to date (5th), it was revealed in 1992. Yes, the 6th generation has been in the making for more than 25 years, and now we finally have some new details to chew on.
Ford Bronco 2020 will be built from the ground up, meaning it will have very little in common with the previous model. It’s important to understand that this vehicle was initially assembled on the F-Series chassis. That means it’s a pickup truck at heart, but with the body and the ride quality of an SUV. At first, it was a 2-door SUV, but, due to low sales numbers, it was replaced in 1997 by Expedition, a four-door champ.
A Quick Review – What Does Bronco Have To Offer?
According to Ford officials, the brand-new vehicle will keep the now-retro boxy shape. It’s clear that the engineers are trying to bring a tear or two to the eyes of the old-school drivers. With trail-ready equipment and decent off-road capabilities, it seems like we have a strong rival to Jeep’s Renegade and Wrangler.
The doors will be removable and we’ll be able to pick between 2- and 4-door configurations.
The roof will also be removable, which will make it look and feel even more like the famous Wrangler. Unfortunately, the manufacturer hasn’t revealed any real photos of Ford Bronco 2020, and there’s no telling how it will look like when it hits the market.
Powertrain And Ride Quality
Apparently, some “spies” were able to take sneak peeks of the future Bronco in Detroit. But, again, it’s not clear whether this is, indeed, the upcoming SUV or not. On the bright side, the fully covered vehicle does allow us to take a closer look at the tires, wheelbase, and suspension. There’s a very good change that the next-gen Ranger truck will share the same platform with Bronco.
However, this truck has been successfully conquering the international market for years, while the SUV is supposed to be brand-new. Ford has a pretty decent 2.7-lit (EcoBoost) V6 in its possession, and it would be a perfect fit for this car. And if they pair it to a 7-speed manual transmission, the output and ride quality will be impressive.
In my opinion, there will also be a 10-speed automatic to cover a larger market of potential buyers. This exact engine is capable of 325 horsepower and 400 lb-ft. in F-150. In the Edge ST, it’s good for 335HP and 380 lb-ft. of torque. So, those numbers are probably pretty close to what we’ll see in Ford Bronco 2020.
To compete with Wrangler and take away some of its popularity, the company needs to focus on off-roading. That’s probably why they decided to use the Ranger platform instead of a more SUV-friendly basis. For that, the vehicle is less refined on the road, and ride quality isn’t as great as, say, in Explorer. The good news is – for conquering the closest wild lands, Bronco will be a God-sent.
Hybrid Specs – On Par With The Leaders Or Not?
It’s a bit strange to hear Ford announce a hybrid edition of a rough-tough SUV, but it is what it is. Electrification is a serious means of attracting an even wider base of potential clients. Ford knows exactly how to work with the all-electric technology to boost sales. The F-150 and Mustang are also about to get “hybridized”, if you believe the rumors.
So, what can we expect from the hybrid Ford Bronco 2020? Most likely, it will come packed with a 3.3-lit V6, an electric engine, and a 10-speed automatic. For example, the hybrid Explorer boasts the same powertrain, and it’s only logical that Bronco will “borrow” it from the friendly model. Right now, it seems like the hybrid edition will be able to compete with the best players in the segment.
Interior Quality, Space, Comfort
The cabin is the biggest secret right now. We only know that the doors and the roof will be removable, but the insides are still a big mystery. And since the most recent edition was released 25+ years ago, it’s impossible to tell what the drivers will find in the interior. It’s obvious that Ford will do everything possible to make the upcoming Bronco an up-to-date SUV.
Judging by the photos, Ford Bronco 2020 will be a relatively large car (wider than the 5th gen). That means there will be enough space in the cabin, including the 2nd-row seats. As for cargo space, at this point, it’s only speculation. We’ll know the exact numbers when the car becomes available at the dealerships.
Techy Specs And Safety Features
On the dashboard, you can expect the company’s trademark Sync 3 infotainment system with navigation, Smartphone integration, voice controls, and more.
Driver-assist is a big part of the Ford’s latest SUVs and crossover, so, it’s only logical to presume that there won’t be a lack of safety features in Bronco. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, FCW, and pedestrian detection will definitely be available.
As for the materials, standard cloth, leather, and maybe even experimental leather is what we can expect to see. In the 2020 Explorer, the cabin feels like that of a luxury-level SUV, even though the entry-level price-tag is relatively affordable. Hopefully, we’ll get the same level of quality in Bronco.
Checking The Exterior
According to the dealers that have seen the car in real life, along with that vintage, retro body style, the SUV will also feature round headlights. That will make it look even more like Jeep Wrangler. Add a rectangular grille, a spare tire on the back, and a very compact, yet spacious interior, and you’ll get yourself a dream car.
The biggest question right now is – will Ford Bronco 2020 be a game-changer and introduce something new into the market of mid-size SUVs? One thing is clear: it will be a beast on the off-road, and, thanks to the roomy insides, there will be enough place for four adults. One final thing: the removable doors and hardtop can be easily fit in the trunk of the car. The mirrors, by the way, won’t be mounted on the doors, but on the A-pillars instead.
There Will Be Two Broncos!
Can one single Bronco fight the gigantic Renegade and Wrangler? The answer is no, and that’s exactly why the Detroit mogul is making another SUV for next year, a much tinier one. It’s known that it’s heavily based on Ford Focus and its universal platform. Focus isn’t a particularly big vehicle; therefore, this “baby Bronco” will most likely be significantly smaller than the big bro.
It was already revealed (and confirmed) at an event held by Ford. As predicted, it will be flexing muscles and rivaling with Renegade, while Wrangler will be the bigger Bronco’s problem. That’s not all of it: in the future, there will be a new uni-body truck, best suited for off-roading. Yes, Ford is very serious about stealing a mighty slice from that Jeep cake!
Ok, that’s it for today!
Ford Bronco 2020 is definitely coming, and the Blue Oval is ready to rumble like never before.
While detailed specs haven’t been revealed yet, Ford will definitely introduce its new baby at one of the upcoming shows. All we can do at this moment – wait for the engineers to do their thing and to check out old pictures of this legendary SUV.
Company officials have already confirmed that we can expect it in the showrooms before the end of 2020. That’s a bit sad, actually, as most fans were expecting to put their hands on this monster this fall/winter. Well, with Jeep also getting ready to introduce a new model in the same segment, maybe Ford will decide to speed things up…