The legendary Ford Bronco is back! And it looks the business, there's no doubt they're going to sell millions of these.
Ford has managed to recreate an icon by injecting the new Ford Bronco with a healthy dose of technology, all wrapped up in a skin of nostalgia. It's the business for sure, and it looks like it's been driven straight off the concept-car show stand and into the heart of millions.
The vehicles in the images above are pre-production models, and Ford has said there will be no more design tweaks, which is a good thing. The lineup consists of two- and four-door models, both with removable doors and hardtop. Three trim-specific grills fill the width of the nose, just like the original, and sitting just above the headlights are "trail sights". These help the driver locate the corners of the vehicle, but also act as tie-downs for things like kayaks on the roof.
The wheel arches are filled with protruding plastic bow that covers the enormous wheels and tyres. In fact, the Bronco is the first vehicle to leave the factory with 32-inch tyres fitted.
Under the hood, there is a choice of either a 2.3-litre turbo inline-four with 270hp and 310lb-ft of torque or a 2.7-litre twin-turbo V6 with 310hp and 400lb-ft of torque. Getting that power to all four wheels is either Ford's 10-speed automatic or a six-plus-one manual transmission. The 'plus-one' refers to a crawler gear that works in either low or high range. Yes, the Bronco has two transfer case options, 2hi, 4Hi, 4Lo and neutral.
The new Ford Bronco has the Jeep Wrangler firmly in its sights. According to Ford, their engineers spent a lot of time in all of its competitors to make sure it is class-leading when it rolls off the production line.
So, the new Ford Bronco. It seems more than capable of heading down the beaten track, it's functional, and it takes the retro look to another level. Land Rover must be worried about the impact the Bronco will have on sales of their new Defender, and one can only imagine what the guys over at Jeep are thinking.
It's going to be one hellava head-to-head battle when the Ford Bronco is launched in 2021. Watch this space!
Check out the MOTOR1 video below for a complete look at the new Ford Bronco.
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