At the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford dropped the news we’ve all been anticipating for relatively forever: The Bronco returns in 2020. Talking to R&T at the show, Ford Executive Vice President Joe Hinrichs swore that the brand-new Bronco will be a bona-fide off-roader, hinting that the upcoming SUV might be the very first real rival to the hugely successful Jeep Wrangler in many years.
2020 Ford Bronco Design
The original Bronco, constructed from 1966 to 1977, provided a strong front axle, as did the second-gen full-size of 1978 and 1979. In 1980, Ford changed to the Twin Traction Beam independent front axle design that stayed until the model was ceased in 1996. We cannot state for certain that this is 100-percent proof that the brand-new Ranger and Bronco will provide a strong front axle.
The availability of a solid 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 appealing lots of new advances developed on a conventional 4 × 4 platform with strong axles front and rear, it sure would be terrific to see a solid-axle rival from the Blue Oval team. Ford has currently confirmed that the Bronco will be a body-on-frame design, based on the Ranger platform; this in itself points to the Bronco being more hardcore than the common unibody crossover.
Since the Bronco will be based on the Ranger, we anticipated interior to share a specific resemblance. We presently don’t have an official concept about the U.S.-spec Ranger’s interior, though it will probably look similar to the global Ford Ranger that’s been in display rooms all over the world for several years. The United States Ranger will likely receive a slew of updates and design changes over the existing global truck, so that is what we ‘d guess the Bronco’s interior to look like. A center-mounted shifter with a rotary dial for the 4WD is likely, in addition to big screens for the infotainment and chauffeur details screens. Expect keyless access and push-button starting to be basic.
Rear seat accommodations will depend on whether the Bronco is available in 2- or four-door setups. In any case, anticipate it to seat 5 guests. The rear seat will likely divide 60/40 style for carrying cargo. We ‘d like 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 said about the future Ranger pickup, the Bronco will likely borrow its powertrains from the F-150. We ‘d love to see the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 be the volume engine thanks to its 325 horse power and 375 pound-feet of torque. That would easily out-gun the current Wrangler JK’s 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V-8. Optionally, we ‘d like to see the well-regarded 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Perhaps Ford will save this engine for a performance model. That makes good sense when considering it makes a remarkable 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
Supporting both engines will most likely Ford’s 10-speed automated transmission. It would be wonderful to see a six-speed manual available as well, though we’re not holding our breath. Naturally, 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 just when the driver chooses 4WD high- or 4WD low-range. This transfer case will most likely be electronic, suggesting it runs by the turn of a dial instead of a shift lever on the floor. Anticipate Ford to include an electronic locking rear differential as well.
2020 Ford Bronco Release Date and Price
Pricing is a far-fetched thing to be discussing at this point, but we anticipate the Bronco to be highly competitive with the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. Costs for the Wrangler have been growing steadily, making it more costly than the inexpensive adventure it began as in the late 1940s. The existing Wrangler JK Unlimited starts simply under $28,000. Once the new generation debuts, that cost will probably crest north by a couple hundred bucks. In other words, the Bronco’s price will probably range between $30,000 to $45,000, depending upon options and trim levels. Availability sensible, the Bronco won’t happen until the list below year after the Ranger pickup. That puts the SUV as a 2020 model, striking dealership display rooms in late 2019.