A Sneak Peek At The New 2020 Ford Bronco

by admin | Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2018

When Ford announced at the 2017 North American International Auto Show that the legendary Bronco would be reappearing in 2020 after a hiatus of 24 years, Ford fans were electrified. Few early SUVs still command the same respect today as the Bronco, and it has long been felt that the Bronco’s departure left a significant gap in Ford’s line-up. Despite the popularity of nameplates from competitors, like the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner, Ford has not fielded an off-road capable rugged SUV in years — despite having played a major role in pioneering them in the 1960s. The return of the Bronco marks Ford’s triumphant return to a segment of the market many feel it has long neglected.

2020 Ford Bronco

Early speculation suggested the Bronco would be based off of the Ranger truck. Ford has subsequently clarified that the Bronco will be a completely new vehicle, designed from the ground up. It is not yet clear what engine it will be using, but there is a good chance the 2020 Bronco will be equipped with either a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine or a 2.7-litre EcoBoost V-6 — though some have suggested there may be a diesel variant as well.

Naturally, one of the burning questions many fans are asking is when the Bronco will be available for purchase. While it will probably be less than a year before models are available to drive, it is hard to say when the new Bronco will be on sales lots at local dealerships like Colony Ford Lincoln — though it would likely be available by the first months of 2020 by the very latest. In the meantime, the automotive press has been able to confirm that it will be a four-door vehicle with a removable roof and an off-road option.

Probably the most significant outstanding question about the Bronco regards whether or not it will be able to balance off-road and on-road functionality. As great as it might be to have a Ford vehicle that can handle the vicissitudes of open terrain, if such a vehicle can’t also deliver a smooth, enjoyable driving experience in the city and on the highway, it is unlikely to become widely popular. The smartest thing Ford can do with the new Bronco is create a carefully engineered two-row rugged SUV that meets the needs of its target audience: weekend warriors who want a vehicle they can take to the office Monday-Friday and take off-roading on Saturday and Sunday.

Details about the Bronco are still trickling out, and the automotive press will likely have to wait another six months or so before actually getting a chance to see what the new Bronco is capable of. In the meantime, there is plenty of buzz about what features will and will not be included in the package. With Ford’s recent announcement to phase out all sedans by 2020, it is clear that North America’s second largest automaker is gambling in a big way on a future of the sport utility vehicle. Given that Bronco is Ford’s first and, to many, still most iconic SUV, one thing is certain: Ford has a lot riding on the new Bronco, and could win big if it lives up to the high expectations.


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