When Ford Motor Company discontinued the Ford Bronco in 1996, many speculated that it was because of O.J. Simpson’s infamous white Bronco chase. Well, now the year is 2019, O.J. is making fantasy football picks on Twitter, and the Ford Bronco is coming back.
Ford officially announced the return of the compact SUV in January 2017, but since then, it’s been a fairly plodding development process. That said, there is an arrival date in site. Here, we’ll look at what we know so far about the new Ford Bronco.
Ford Bronco Release Date
The new Ford Bronco is set to premiere in spring 2020. It will be produced at the Ford assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan, which is the current production site of the Ford Ranger and also where the original Broncos were manufactured from 1966-1996. The new Bronco will likely debut during the 2021 model year.
Ford Bronco Specs
Sharing its platform with the Ranger, the new Bronco will have a retro styling, as well as removable roof and removable doors like the Jeep Wrangler. Its powertrain will likely consist of a 2.3-liter turbo-four engine, producing 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, and a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ford Bronco R
In early November, Ford unveiled the Ford Bronco R, a racing version of the production Bronco that will compete in the Baja 1000 in Mexico on November 22. Design-wise, it’s inspired by the original, mid-’60s Broncos, with peaked front fenders, the uniquely-shaped wheel openings, and a rectangular grille with “BRONCO” written across it.
The beastly off-roader also comes with four-wheel drive, an independent front suspension, a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine, and a roll cage.
Ford Bronco Pickup Truck
There have been rumors that Ford will release a Bronco pickup variant in 2024 to compete with the Jeep Gladiator. The pickup would likely be a sleeker, more expensive version of the Ranger, with a focus on off-road capability.