Earlier in the year, everybody was thrilled when Ford officially announced that the Bronco and Ranger would return. This is important because they will increase the competition for the vehicles such as the Chevrolet Colorado, Jeep Wrangler, and Toyota Tacoma. However, we have to wait for 2019 for the new Ranger and 2023 for the Bronco.
Ever since the announcement, Blue Oval didn’t want to talk about the production of the popular cars and all we had were rumors, speculations and unreliable leaks to rely on. We posed questions about the new Bronco, whether it would be like the Bronco concept which debuted in 2004 or could it borrow design cues from the boxy Ford Troller sold in Brazil. There were speculations that the new Bronco could be a suburb-friendly mainstream SUV, just like the ongoing Everest model.
The spy shots emerged, and they might make you think that Ford wants to base the new Bronco on the Everest. However, according to Raj Nair, Ford’s chief technical officer, this isn’t the plan of the company, and he told Autoline back in January that Ford would be unique and different when compared to the Everest. Moreover, the Everest caught on camera is right-hand drive vehicle.
The front end of this test mule is covered, which means there is something we shouldn’t see. You probably wonder why the rest of the vehicle isn’t wearing any camouflage since it is early in development. Ford wouldn’t display the new Bronco just like that. The reason is probably that the production version will look entirely different from the car you can see in the photos.
A supposed inside source said: “If you’re familiar with the Troller, out of Brazil, that’s the basic concept, but it’ll look like a four-door version of that.” The two-door Bronco would be ideal, but that is probably not going to happen since the two-door SUVs are not so popular. As for the four-door version of Troller, that is fine, but take this statement with a pinch of salt.
Last but not least, the new Bronco will be “true to his heritage,” and we will “recognize it as a Bronco,” says Joe Hinrichs, the company’s president of the Americas. Hopefully, this will be true. Follow us for more details.