Yes, you heard correct, the classic motor company is bringing back what arguably is the most popular SUV/ Crossover that they have ever offered. Before we talk about this new SUV let's talk about the history of the Bronco and why it was pulled from fords line-up in 1997.
The first generation of the Ford Bronco was released in 1965 and ran to 1977 to compete with other vehicles in the off road category such as the Jeep CJ5 and the International Scout. The following years (1977-1996) the car got larger, appealing to the shift in consumer preferences and to compete again but this time against the Chevrolet K5 Blazer and the Dodge Ramcharger.
Although the car got much larger it still maintained the stout four wheel drive system and two door style that makes the bronco such a cool car. Unfortunately for the beloved Bronco the consumer shifted again and people began to prefer large full size SUVs thus driving the Bronco off of Ford's production lines and got replaced by the Expedition which is still in place today.
Now after seeing the design of the new Bronco I must say Ford’s design team did their best to try and give the car some styling cues from the first generation. They went for the boxy design and also included removable doors and roof to both the two and four door models. Yes, I said four door model. This may come as a surprise as the Bronco has never had a four door version, which was a big reason for it being replaced by the Expedition in 1997. This doesn't really surprise me because of the growing trend in america for huge cars, such as the full sized Expedition.
As for the power plant we have yet to have a clear answer from ford but it is assumed that the Bronco will be available in the 2.4 litre turbo four cylinder found in the Ford Ranger or the twin-turbocharged 2.7 Litre V6 found in the F-150. Ford also announced that the bronco will be available in a hybrid variant in the future.
Although there won't be a loud agressive V8 option, there is still hope with the possibility of a seven speed manual transmission with a low geared crawling mode. This is a good thing to see as it seems like companies today have been moving further and further away from what enthusiasts love the most.
All in all I believe the Bronco will be a great addition to the Ford stable giving them an outlet into the offroad market competing with the jeep wrangler. I can't wait to see these on the road and I really can't wait to see them off the road tearing up the trails or maybe even some iconic offroad spots like Baja or MOAB.