Ford reveals the 2020 Ford Bronco prototype. This is one of the most anticipated releases and a fan favorite. Last month at a Florida event, Ford showed top-performing dealers an early prototype of the 2020 Bronco. Dealers present at the event described the Bronco prototype as a retro design with a rectangular grille, round headlight and the signature name stamped across the front. It will have the customizable design, with removable hard top and doors. The top and doors can fit in the cargo area for storage. A novel concept, the driving mirrors attach to the A-pillars versus the door. This solves the issue of a relocation kit for the mirrors to drive legally. One dealer at the event said the Bronco “was twice as cool as I thought it would be.”
Automotive News reported that dealers saw a two-door Bronco and were informed that a four-door option will also be offered, with the model serving as the basis for a family of upcoming off-road vehicles. This family will include the Baby Bronco and a compact unibody pickup truck, however, both will not mechanically resemble the larger Bronco. The standard Bronco will be constructed with a body-on-frame and more closely related to the Ranger midsize pickup.
The automaker has not released an official name for the Baby Bronco. Ford said it is scheduled for an early 2020 release, with the Bronco at the end of that same year. At the Florida event, Ford also showed dealers the Mustang-inspired, 300-mile range battery-electric crossover. This car does not have an official name yet, and will also be released in 2020. There have been camouflaged spy shots circulating, showing an SUV with short front and rear overhands, plus a good amount of group clearance. Watch out 2020, Ford is coming for you.
The Ford Bronco was always an iconic SUV, and one of the world’s leading 4×4 for over thirty years. The new generation Bronco will rock the retro appearance, but have all the technology upgrades. Ford’s president of The Americas, Joe Hinrich, said, “We’ve heard our customers loud and clear. They want a new generation of vehicles that are incredibly capable yet fun to drive. Bronco will be a no-compromise mid-size 4×4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city.” The Ford Bronco will be manufactured at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. This is nostalgic because it’s the same plant that manufactured the Bronco from 1966 to 1996.
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