Bronco busting out this spring

The Ford Bronco is nearly ready to return to market. Blue Oval brand brass have set the stage for a spring return, which is when the production version lands. Before that happens, the OG-name in SUV country gets a new logo. So what else can we expect from the upcoming Bronco?

Lots actually, because Ford is prepping two versions. Both a biggie and a smalls. It will be great to give the Jeep Wrangler a bit of competition, which appears to be the goal with the smaller of the two Ford. After all, competition can breed better competitors. And with the Bronco, it’s bringing what off-roaders want in a rear-mounted spare, removable doors, and styling derived from a world devoid of round shapes. It’s likely that the baby Bronco will get some variant of a four-cylinder turbocharged engine. It would be cool if the larger Bronco gets a removable rear roof section.

Finally, I’d really like to see what a Bronco Raptor might look like. Give the baby Bronco power from the Focus RS, then slap on Fox shocks, beefy tires, and wider fenders, and we have one hell of a desert dune bashing cute Ute.

Whatever happens though, you’ll get to eyeball the production version in the spring of 2020.


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6 responses to “Bronco busting out this spring”

  1. crank_case Avatar

    Given that every sports car including the Mustang is getting reinvented as a crossover, wouldn’t be hilarious if this turned out to be a low slung two seat MX5/Miata rival?

  2. neight428 Avatar

    I’m guessing around June 17th, or they’ll take it to Australia and unveil it in early December.

    Also, I’m still on board for the full size, Ford. You know where to find me.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Don’t think it will be coming to Australia, which is fair because they’d sell about 3. All the swb 4x4s have been dropped over time (Patrol, Pajero, LC Prado). Not many Wranglers sold, but FCA Aust explains a good part of that.

  3. Zentropy Avatar

    I must be the only one around here that doesn’t get excited about possible “Raptor” versions of Fords. In my mind, there’s only one Raptor, and that’s the F150. Ford’s application of the name as a trim level for other vehicles only dilutes it, in my opinion.

    The current U.S. Ranger comes in only one engine/transmission flavor, and that’s the 2.3 turbo 4 with the automatic. That engine is adequate, but has less horsepower than my 5-year-old family minivan– nothing to get excited about. There should be an optional EcoBoost 2.7 available, but it’s AWOL. If a “Raptor” version is to be offered, it should at least have the Explorer Platinum’s 3.0 V6 (365hp/380lb-ft). Then “Raptor” would truly mean something significant. Instead, Europe gets a Ranger Raptor with a slug-slow diesel, and the U.S. gets nothing.

    So, as for the possibility of a Bronco Raptor,
    (1) I’m not holding my breath, and
    (2) even it it happens, I expect it will be completely underwhelming.

  4. salguod Avatar

    I hope that this doesn’t mean a 6 month slow reveal of details like we’ve seen with other cars.

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