The 2020 Ford Bronco is officially a go. It was announced a few months ago at the Detroit Auto Show, that the long-awaited return of the classic SUV is finally happening. The bellowed Bronco was discontinued in 1996, not too long after a certain white model was made world-famous in that infamous car chase.
Now, over two decades later, that same white Bronco is relevant again thanks to its appearance in the Emmy winning show, American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J., as well as the Oscar winning documentary O.J. Simpson: Made in America. And just like that, Ford announces that the Bronco is coming out of retirement for the 2020 model year. Sure, 2020 might still be far away, but we have gathered all the information you might need to know, so take a look.
What we know so far
Actually, the only detail about the new model that Ford was kind enough to share with us is that the signature Bronco logo is here to stay. It appeared in the teaser image released earlier this year, so it is safe to assume we will be seeing it on the 2020 Bronco as well.
While we can’t confirm this, multiple sources suggest that the 2020 Ford Bronco and the 2019 Ford Ranger will share the same platform. If this ends up being true, the new Bronco will be a legitimate body-on-frame SUV and not a regular car-based model such as the Ford Escape and Ford Edge.
What will be under the hood? It is definitely too soon to tell, but once the 2019 Ford Ranger rolls out and we get a look at its new setup, things may become a little bit clearer. But for now, our best bet is the EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder, which is a relatively small naturally aspirated gas V-6 engine. We also wouldn’t complain if we see a some kind of a turbodiesel under the new Bronco hood.
The Bronco has been a two-door vehicle throughout his run, but since its last incarnation in 96’ a lot has changes and today sports utility vehicles come almost exclusively with four doors. Even the most popular two-door SUV, the Jeep Wrangler doesn’t move nearly as much units as the four-door Jeep Unlimiteds. So, if the Ford designers don’t end up feeling too sentimental, the new Bronco could likely come with four doors.
As for the off-road version of the Bronco, the Ford Performance team should really look into that, since that would be a very welcome addition to the Ford lineup. Right now, there is only the F-150 Raptor and an off-road version of the Bronco would definitely set off a rivalry with the current king of off-roading, the Jeep Wrangler. If this plan does come to fruition, expect the new Bronco to specialize in rock crawling. Also, expect it to have a super-cool name, maybe something Jurassic related.
2020 Ford Bronco Release Date and Price
The 2020 Ford Bronco is scheduled for a 2020 release, as a part of a new utility vehicle lineup Ford is devising. It will be built at the Ford Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, together with the 2020 Ford Ranger. Although this new model is still relatively far away, it is never too soon to start speculating on the pricing. Our best bet is that the 2020 Ford Bronco to go for about $40,000-$50,000.
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