The prototype version of the 2020 Ford Bronco wrapped in heavy camouflage has recently been spotted for the first time on its public road test. Back in 2017, Ford Motor Company officially announced at the Detroit Auto Show that they planned to bring back the legendary 4×4 Bronco SUV to the United States. It will be fully based on the 2020 Ford Ranger with a full-boxy design and dashing appearance. Looking at a few spy shots that appear on the internet, it’s very clear that the upcoming Bronco is intended as an off-road vehicle and has a Ranger cab with its full truck ride height.
Based on Body-On-Frame Ranger Platform
As a mid-size pickup truck, the Ford Ranger is basically aimed specifically for the Asia Pacific market since 2010. So the Ranger may look a little older for the U.S. market, even though this pickup truck is offered with a new fully-boxed frame in the United States. In order to compete with the Jeep Wrangler, the 2020 Ford Bronco will obviously get a lot of changes and total redesigns for both the exterior and interior design. The powertrain range, standard equipment and its features must be completely new.
Tech Specs and Powertrain Choices
Under the hood, the all-new 2020 Ford Bronco will most likely be powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine mated to a ten-speed automatic gearbox that is able to cranks out up to 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. It’s actually the same powertrain as you can find on the current Ranger, although Ford has claimed that they will offer a new unique engine for the upcoming Bronco. Other powertrain options derived from the Ford Edge ST and F-150 pickup truck with a standard seven-speed manual gearbox. It’s a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 unit capable of producing peak output of up to 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.
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The upcoming Bronco is a serious off-roader that is directly targeted to fight with the Jeep Wrangler in the same off-road SUV segment, so it’s the right decision if Ford places a manual transmission on its rugged iconic mid-sized SUV. The new Bronco will obviously adopt a body-on-frame Ranger platform with smooth handling when driving on the highway and will turn out to be very tough on the off-road track.
As an iconic and legendary SUV in America, the 2020 Ford Bronco will be launched in a four-door version. But it’s not clear whether the Detroit automaker will offer two-door Bronco in the future. Given that Jeep has been very successful with sales of the four-door Wrangler along with its two-door model (shorter wheelbase), both are available at U.S. dealerships. However, several spy shots of the new 2020 Bronco show that this compact SUV will also be available in a two-door version in order to counter dominance the shorter wheelbase Wrangler
Pricing and Release Date
Ford apparently will also offer a sophisticated hybrid version on the next-generation Bronco. The Bronco hybrid powertrain will consist of a 3.3-liter V6 engine combined to an electric motor and a 10-speed automatic gearbox. It seems to be an extra weapon for Ford to fight Jeep with its tough Wrangler on the U.S. market. Release date has been confirmed, the 2020 Ford Bronco is scheduled to arrive at U.S. showrooms at some point next year with official pricing details to be announced closer to the release date.