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It’s Back – 2020 Ford Bronco: What We Know So Far!

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Ford has officially confirmed at the 2017 North American International Auto Show that the infamous Ford Bronco will return for the 2020 model year. Here’s what we know about the 2020 Bronco so far! 

What we do know: 

1. Both the Bronco and the Ranger will be returning.

The fact that Ford has decided to bring back both the Bronco and the Ranger is amazing news for a Ford fan, however they will be different then we remember. The Ranger is sold in other markets currently, so we will be getting an updated version of that. The current size of that Ranger will be closer the early 2000s F-150, rather than the smaller truck we were used to.

2. The Bronco will be “based” on the Ford Everest

The new 2020 Ford Bronco is rumored to be based on the Ford Everest, which is also currently sold in other markets. It is a midsize body-on-frame SUV based off of the previously mentioned Ranger chassis. The Everest does have proven off-road capabilities, so fear not, as this is only the starting point for the Bronco. With vehicles like the SVT Raptor currently in Ford’s line up it’s safe to say the Bronco is in good hands.

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The current Ford Everest – basis for the 2020 Bronco

3.  The 2020 Bronco will be built in Michigan

Ford’s prior announcement of adding four new SUV’s to the lineup is a smart move. As SUV’s are the hot product in the market currently, it makes sense that they will sell. Recent plans to to move Focus and C-Max production to Mexico opens up room in Ford’s current Wayne, Michigan plant for the Ranger and Bronco. Bill Johnson, chairman of the UAW local 900 also made a comment speculating that building a new SUV will be more beneficial than the current Focus production at the plant. Also the original Broncos were built at the same plant from 1966-1996, so a bit of nostalgia is thrown in there too! 

4. The Bronco will have a unique logo

Similar to the Mustang, the Bronco will most likely be a flagship model, one the Ford brand will be known for. So it seems fitting that the bucking bronco logo makes a return. Even the announcement at the 2017 NAIAS used the logo as a teaser!

What we’re waiting to hear:

5. Body styles haven’t officially been announced 

So far, we can guess a 4-door variant directly aimed at the Wrangler Unlimited will be available, as the Ford Everest it is based on is only sold in a 4-door body style. We can hope that a traditional 2-door will be an option, but such a niche body style might not be best for sales. A removable hardtop similar to the Bronco’s of the past would also be ideal. Let’s just hope if it happens, the third brake light is on the outside, not the inside again.

6. No Engine Choices unveiled yet

No engine choices have been released yet, but it’s safe to say some sort of EcoBoost engine will be optional (or standard) with the Bronco. Seeing as how the EcoBoost engines have been strong performers for the F-150 and current SVT Raptor, one in the 2020 Bronco makes sense.

This is all the information we know so far! For more updates keep checking in here at Ford Addict!

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Render from Bronco6G.com – Let’s hope the 2020 Bronco looks this good!

 

 

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