Ford is getting set to release a new Bronco and we have good news for off-roaders.
The new Bronco is going to be “purpose-built for getting off the highway,” said Jim Farley, the company’s president of global markets at a news conference. At the same event, Ford confirmed that a hybrid version of the Bronco will be available and that a second off-road focused vehicle is in development that will fit in the lineup below the Bronco. More off-road vehicles coming to market is always good news.
The teaser shows a boxy silhouette, upright windshield, short overhangs and a spare tire mounted on the back end along with some decent-sized wheel wells to accommodate big tires. So far, we like what we see.
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The new Bronco is expected to borrow its frame from the new Ranger midsize pickup, which also means that the SUV will use the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the truck. Power numbers for the Ranger haven’t been released yet, though the transmission has been confirmed as the new 10-speed automatic.
Ford has already said that Jeep Wrangler will be the Bronco’s main competitor, so we hope that challenge means the Bronco will show up with solid axles.
“Ford helped start the off-road phenomenon and has majored in off-road capability for decades – from the Bronco to the Raptor,” Ford president Jim Farley said in a statement. “Now, we’re ready to reclaim our rightful place as the off-road vehicle leader.”
The new Bronco will arrive on the market in 2020.