In 1996, Ford discontinued their successful, then 30 years old, Bronco model and the large MPV was replaced by the Ford Expedition. Since then, every other year rumours about a return of the Bronco heat up and die down again. The vehicle was loved much by the public and the discontinuation left a big hole in the market and people’s hearts, so it’s understandable people cling to a little hope of their favourite SUV returning. Especially when that means it’s going to be a bigger and better version!
However, the recent years rumours about the Bronco return became much more persistent, especially after Ford refiled for the Bronco trademark in 2015. Automobile manufacturers do this all the time for older or discontinued models, to prevent the loss of the sole right to use a certain name. However, considering the 2020 Ford Bronco has actually been confirmed, so the refiling wasn’t only meant to preserve the old trademark SUV.
Take a look with us to see what we can expect from the 2020 Bronco!
Some renderings of the 2020 Ford Bronco have already emerged. The creative Bronco aficionados tried to think like the Ford design team and created their own version of the Bronco. Others got a bit more frisky and designed the Bronco of their wildest dreams. We picked the renderings that we think can be closest to reality. That means many design cues from the 1996 Bronco, and also many cues updated to match the current day and age styling ideas.
The rendering made by Bronco6G.com is according to us the most accurate one of the 2020 Ford Bronco yet. The image of the 1996 Bronco is respected, but it is significantly updated to modern design standards, plus a bit of spunk. The blocky, angular front returns, but features perfectly spherical headlights instead of the angular ones of the 1996 Bronco. The headlights are connected by a metal strip which will either spell ‘BRONCO’ in the middle, or will just feature the Ford logo.
The round headlights and blocky appearance may remind of the long discontinued Hummer as well. Probability that Ford will go for this look is high, since that Hummer audience will be drawn to the new Bronco as well.
Furthermore, many renderings feature a tow-and-hook system on the bumper, which is definitely interesting and increases the car’s functionality as well. Such a robust vehicle, with according engine power is perfect for such a towing system.
2020 Ford Bronco side and rear
The side of the car will mostly feature the same profile distinctions as the 1996 Bronco. The wheel arches sitting high on the wheels for perfect off-road driving options and the rear of the car being a long, covered cargo area of a pick-up truck. The lower part between the front and back wheels is probably going to be much lower than the 1996 Bronco. The high stance of the old Bronco appealed to many people, but if the 2020 Bronco features a lower stance that could bring some new glory to a recycled model.
One thing about the exterior that has been confirmed is that the new Bronco will be larger than the original Bronco but smaller than its follow-up Bronco II.
All in all, the Bronco exterior can take on any shape or size. However, seeing the trend lately of SUVs becoming wider and wider, like the classy and decent 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV we expect the 2020 Ford Bronco to hold the record of width in a Bronco version.
What we expect for the interior design is a cool-looking cabin, with many technological features. The expected sale date is somewhere in 2019 and the Bronco needs to make a real splash at its introduction. That’s why we expect a really cool interior, something that fits a car that is going to be an off-road favourite. We also expect the 2020 Ford Bronco to become available in multiple price ranges, in different trims. So for the lower trims the interior will be more basic, with cloth seats and less tech features. Higher trims will get leather seats and stuff like digital radio and a large infotainment screen. Furthermore the seats will be available with extra attenuation.
The Bronco engine is going to be a mighty powerful one. Our expectations range from a smoking V6 to a rumbling V8 with the whole shebang ready, direct injection, Variable Valve Timing and the lot. Since many full-sized SUVs sport the choice of both a V6 and a V8 engine, such as the high off-road performance 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, the 2020 Bronco simply can’t stay behind.
Of course, the 2020 Ford Bronco will share its platform with the Ford Ranger, another big comeback vehicle, so it won’t be a surprise if they will share engine and transmission options as well.
Price, reveal and sale date
Prices of the currently non-existent 2020 Bronco are unknown. We do expect the Bronco to become available in different price ranges, so we predict about four to six trims, with the lowest trim starting around $30,000.
The car will be revealed at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, so if we’re lucky, prototypes of the Bronco will be seen test driving in some camouflage this year already!
The sale date lies in 2019, it will go on sale one year after the revised 2019 Ford Ranger.