2020 Ford Bronco
On Friday August 10, 2018
Car and Driver created a list of 25 Cars Worth Waiting for: 2019-2022 and that list included the long awaited 2020 Ford Bronco
What It Is: The long-awaited and highly anticipated return of the mid-size off-roader.
Why It Matters: More than two decades have passed since the last Broncos rolled off the production line. And those were the low-speed-O.J.-chase Broncos, not the mountain-climbing, desert-racing originals. In that time, Jeep has sold more than 2.3 million profitable and popular Wranglers in the United States. It’s a Jeep thing, and we hope Ford understands.
Platform: The Bronco will use the same body-on-frame bones as the 2019 Ranger. Many fingers and toes are crossed for a live front axle, but optimism is subdued; the Ranger uses an independent front suspension. Short and long wheelbases will beget two- and four-door configurations. Like the Wrangler, the Bronco will have a removable top and doors.
Powertrain: Following the path of the Ranger, the Bronco likely will be powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four making around 300 horsepower and driving the wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission. A boosted 2.7-liter V-6 could also find its way under the hood. It would be criminal if Ford bucked a manual from the options list. But not O.J.–level criminal.
Competition: Jeep Wrangler.
What Might Go Wrong: It’s hard to imagine a Wrangler alternative with this kind of heritage wanting for an audience.
Estimated Arrival and Price: It should hit dealerships in fall 2019 as a 2020 model with a base price under $30K.