New generation Ford Bronco SUV will have vintage boxy proportions and is underpinned by latest Ford Ranger; could get hybrid powertrain
We reported nearly a year ago that Ford was preparing to bring back its iconic SUV Bronco in 2020. While the preparations are not over yet, Ford cannot wait just as us to show you what brews in the background as first official teaser image shows the SUV being hidden under a beige blanket.
We will have to wait till next January to see its global unveil at Detroit Motor Show but the teaser is enough to keep us pumped. The iconic utility vehicle that was in business for 30 long years is gearing up to make a grand comeback wearing a contemporary design with signature boxy styling. It will be underpinned by the Ford Ranger’s platform and challenge the Jeep Wrangler.
The new generation Ford Bronco will be heavily inspired by the vintage Broncos of the mid 60s as well as the 2004 concept and it appears to have a flat bonnet, upright and sturdy pillars, trademark boxy windshield and round-ish wheel arches. It will be manufactured alongside the latest Ranger in Detroit and has a similar body-on-frame construction emphasising its compactness.
Speaking about its off-roading capability, the new generation Ford Bronco will likely get around 500 mm of water wading capability. The vehicle could come powered by a 2.7-litre EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 petrol engine sourced from the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport. This engine is well capable of churning out 325 hp of peak power.
As it appears, the American automaker has plans for a hybrid version of the upcoming SUV as Ford already announced its intentions to offer a hybrid model throughout its truck and SUV range. The Bronoco’s pricing could start from $30,000 (Rs. 19.5 lakh) and it is also expected to get a 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine along with the V6. A range-topping 5.0-litre unit cannot be ruled out either, as much as a Raptor version.
Expect the SUV to arrive incorporating several high-end technologies for off-roading as well. The interior is expected to boast several upmarket modern features to deliver a premium vibe to the occupants.
There could be two- as well as four-door versions on offer with hard and soft top options just like the Wrangler that received a big facelift recently. It may feature solid front and rear axles, as in the Wrangler, for extreme off-road performance. Amidst India being a SUV loving market, the Ford Bronco is very unlikely to arrive here anytime soon.