Ford is bringing back the Bronco! We have no idea what it will look like but
we’re still wetting our big boy pants in excitement! Truck yeah, today we’re gonna truth the
heck out of the 2020 Ford Bronco! Welcome to the Car Truth Report! Today we’re going over everything we know
about the 2020 Ford Bronco: It’s coming out in 2020. And OJ is now free, and able to buy one Over the years like many cars, the Bronco
experienced growth. It started out a small, almost jeep-sized
runabout and over time had grown to become a full-sized monster to compete with Chevy’s
K-10 Blazer. There is wide speculation in the community
that the new Ford Bronco will go back to it’s roots and be a smaller truck in it’s new
iteration. Backing that up is the fact that Ford is bringing
the Ranger to America for 2019. It makes too much sense that the new Bronco
would be based on this chassis. Notice I said chassis and not platform. Unlike most other small SUV’s we believe
the new Bronco will be a body-on-chassis truck. This would make it much more like it’s previous
versions and put it into direct competition with the Jeep Wrangler.
A Wrangler fighter from Ford? Let the games begin! Now let’s have a look at what sort of drivetrains
may be available.
Since we are expecting a smaller Bronco, it’s
fair to guess there won’t be a V8 at least in the first few years. While we would love to have a Coyote-powered
rock climbing monster, that possibility is looking less and less likely with Ford’s
push toward turbocharged fours and sixes. Expect to see a variant of the Mustang’s
2.3 EcoBoost and maybe the 2.7 liter twin-turbo V6 from the F-150. It would be awesome to see Ford use their
new 3.0 liter PowerStroke Diesel in the new Bronco but we’re not getting our hopes up.
Well, not too much anyhow.
Road and Track is also reporting that the
2020 Bronco may be getting solid front and rear axles from Dana.
While it sounds entirely too good to be true,
their source is apparently a Dana Corp investor report which claims the new Ranger and Bronco
will be using their AdvanTek gearing – which is found in their Jeep Wrangler axles. While the the Road and Track article cautions
against drawing any hasty conclusions, it is still a juicy bit of fat to chew on. We expect Ford to continue the two pedal trend
and only offer the Bronco with automatic transmissions. That’s unfortunate but unsurprising especially
considering just how good slush-boxes have gotten in the last 10 years. While everyone’s going to talk about how
much they miss rowing through the gears, we here at the Report don’t expect this to
be enough to sway Ford into giving the Bronco a manual transmission. As for styling, Ford has given us a few clues
about what to expect. The 2004 Bronco concept was spotted this summer
during filming of The Rock’s new movie Rampage. We find it quite interesting that a thirteen
year old auto show concept has been brought out for a cameo in a 2018 summer action movie. Expect at least some design cues to show up
in the production model. Also Ford recently acquired Brazilian automaker
Troller who produces this awesome little trucklet, the T4.
While there are no plans for it’s introduction
to the American market – most likely because Brazil has much looser safety regulation than
the US; see VW Type 2 production until 2013 – Motor Trend is reporting that a Ford engineer
says that the new Bronco looks like a Troller with four doors. And while we’re at it; go ahead and hit
the like button if you think the new Bronco should have a two door variant! Finally, we get to the most important part
of the new Bronco, and one of the few things we can actually confirm. Ford has stated that the new Bronco will have
a removable top. This would put it in direct competition with
the Jeep Wrangler, being the only other small, body-on chassis, convertible off-roadable
SUV on the market. So here’s a quick recap of what we’re
thinking the new Bronco will be: Body-on-chassis truck unlike a unibody SUV
No V8 early on but hopefully a diesel Possible solid front and rear axles but no
manual transmission Rugged looks borrowed from the 2004 concept
and Brazilian Troller A removable top – oh yeah! Personally, I feel that everything aside from
the removable top and body-on-chassis design is just icing on the cake. It doesn’t need to look like the 2004 concept
or a Brazilian off-roader. It doesn’t need a high-tech twin turbo or
torquey diesel. Hell it doesn’t even really need incredible
off-road chops – just enough. Most original Broncos never had all that and
never needed it. It sold because you could just pull the top
in the summer and not get stuck in the snow over winter. Ford: do that again, keep it cheap and the
next Bronco will be a hit. This has been the Car Truth Report, bringing
you the car truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth – unless we get it wrong.