Ford officially confirmed the expected 2020 return of the Bronco nameplate earlier this week and yes, as suspected, it will be built on the same T6 architecture currently underpinning the Ford Ranger and Everest.
Developed by Ford’s Melbourne based Asia Pacific R&D team, the T6 platform utilises independent front suspension and a solid axle in the rear that comes in two flavours – heavy duty leaf sprung for the Ranger and a more sophisticated coil sprung Watt’s linkage arrangement for the Everest.
Use of the Aussie developed T6 platform means that as far as the chassis is concerned, the new Bronco will stay true to the old Bronco’s body-on-frame roots, and with global car status confirmed, right-hand drive is a real possibility.
Yeah, but how many doors will it have is the question on every blue oval fan’s lips right?
The original Bronco was only available as a two-door, but a two-door in this day and age will limit sales, so we believe that the first ever four-door Bronco might become a reality.
The original Bronco was a unique mix of comfortable and tough, attributes not often found together in the same off-roader back in its day and those are two qualities that we can expect to see in the new Bronco. According to Joe Hinrich’s Ford’s president of the America’s speaking at this weeks Detroit motor show, “[Bronco will be] capable of conquering everything from your daily commute to gravel roads and boulders”.
Not a lot else is known about the Bronco at this stage. We hope it’s not simply a re-booted Everest – we’d like to think Ford’s Dearborn based development team has been tasked with creating a standalone and unique vehicle – but with the Ranger due to make it’s US debut in 2019, re-styling the Everest and calling it a Bronco would have to be an option.
We can’t see the US market warming to a diesel powered Bronco either, which might mean a more traditional petrol powered Bronco range for the US and possibly a diesel offering – maybe the 3.2 five-cylinder currently powering Ranger and Everest – in markets where diesels are preferred.
A lot can happen in three years, and the new Bronco’s story has only just begun. We’ll keep you up-to-date as it develops further.
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