The Bronco will share a platform with the next-generation Ranger. Ford will also build the Bronco alongside the midsize pickup at its Michigan Assembly plant.
The SUV has retro boxy styling. Like the Broncos of yore—think 1965, not 1996—the new version sports a rectangular grille, round headlights, and a squared-off profile.
It may offer a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 as the top-spec engine. The V-6 delivers 325 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque in the F-150. There is likely to be a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder option offered as well.
Ford might offer a seven-speed manual. There will of course be an automatic transmission, almost assuredly the 10-speed unit co-developed with GM. But some reports suggest Ford has tapped Getrag to supply a seven-speed manual. Fingers crossed!
There will definitely be a hybrid version. Ford has already gone on record that the Bronco will be electrified in some way, and we’d expect some version of the system that will be available in the new Explorer.
Expect prices to start in the mid-$30,000s. We will know more as we get closer to the Bronco’s official debut.
It goes on sale in late 2020. That’s a few months after the baby Bronco.
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