Images of what appears to be reborn 4x4 icon and its soft-roader sibling are posted online well ahead of time
10 March 2020

Ford has been open about its intention to revive the Bronco but has yet to announce officially when we'll get our first look at the reborn 4x4. However, it now appears the Bronco and its smaller, more road-focused Bronco Sport sibling have been snapped and posted online.

The apparent leak stems from a forum post, with the images seemingly taken on a smartphone by somebody deep within Ford's US facilities. It shows what looks like the full-size car in physical prototype form, with styling very similar to that seen in previous images leaked from a recent behind-closed-doors dealer presentation.

The car's front end is emblazoned with the Bronco name, while a distinctive LED light design comprises a straight strip stretching between semi-circles. Pronounced wheel arch extensions are necessary to cover huge off-road tyres.

The 'baby Bronco' was previously rumoured to be called the Maverick, but these leaked images seemingly put an end to that speculation.

Aimed to compete directly with the rugged Jeep Wrangler, the new Bronco will likely launch in both two and four-door forms, with a pick-up truck version possibly following later to rival the new Jeep Gladiator

Side mirrors mounted to the A-pillars and a 'floating' third brake light above the rear-mounted spare wheel seen in earlier disguised prototypes also suggest a version could arrive with a removable roof and removable doors.

Power could come from Ford's turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine or turbocharged 2.7-litre V6, paired with a 10-speed automatic gearbox. A manual version is also rumoured and a hybrid version could arrive later.

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The Bronco is expected to launch some time in March, meaning there are only a few weeks until its official debut. Delivery of customer cars could commence before the end of this year.

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10 March 2020

It certainly looks the part of a proper off roader a much better reboot of the Bronco than Land Rover has done with the new Defender and probably priced to sell by the shedload. Will we see it over here in Europe? after the failiure of the Edge to make it's mark in the European market Ford will need something to sell in the keenly contested SUV field,maybe the Bronco Sport could just be right for that.

10 March 2020
The version on the chunky tyres - Sport? - looks brilliant!

10 March 2020
ianp55 wrote:

It certainly looks the part of a proper off roader a much better reboot of the Bronco than Land Rover has done with the new Defender and probably priced to sell by the shedload. Will we see it over here in Europe? after the failiure of the Edge to make it's mark in the European market Ford will need something to sell in the keenly contested SUV field,maybe the Bronco Sport could just be right for that.

The original Bronco was a ghastly beast beaten with the ugly stick, This new one is a shameless ripoff of the new Defender.

10 March 2020

Ford 4 pot 2.0 Diesel Basic Wildtrak pickup starts at £36k!

10 March 2020
xxxx wrote:

Ford 4 pot 2.0 Diesel Basic Wildtrak pickup starts at £36k!

 

Exactly which points of commonality do these two vehicles share?. Fool. Then you go on, oh , how you go on, to expand upon your useless, meaningless point further on. ALL you are good for is...nothing. Fool.

11 March 2020
Takeitslowly wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Ford 4 pot 2.0 Diesel Basic Wildtrak pickup starts at £36k!

 

Exactly which points of commonality do these two vehicles share?. Fool. Then you go on, oh , how you go on, to expand upon your useless, meaningless point further on. ALL you are good for is...nothing. Fool.

Don't normally reply to you saddo but keep my comments in context.   What is the point of your sad life, I bet your partner left you as you sound unbearable!

10 March 2020

What?! Actually make a vehicle that aligns to it's forebear's market?!

Jerry McGovern will tell you that's a mugs game...

The Bronco will eat the Defender for breakfast, and just as JLR aim their Defender at the US market.

Too bad they couldn't make a vehicle that appeals to the Defender's market.

10 March 2020
Very well said CarNut.

McGovern will be very poorly remembered as the man who spat on the soul of Land Rover.

11 March 2020

LOL - the Defender wont be eaten alive by this over weight underpowered heap - its fashion over form, and i suspect from all i have read over on the Ford forums from staff and people concerned it is not going to be off road capable - just like the first one.The Defender has been built to be the best off roader you can get, and from all i have seen and heard from people that have driven it at Eastnor, then that will be the case.... Go back to your Vauxhall Forum and bleat on about your Nova

10 March 2020

The key thing for European buyers will be credibility. Ford was well aware that in day's past that the Mustang appealed to fur-coat wearing Elvis enthusiasts and so they were nervous that the new one might be seen a bit naff. But no, the world is so connected that it was a huge hit in Europe and the Mustang now grabs share from those tired with German coupes. It's also more size-appropriate of course which helped.

So, if the Bronco gets launched properly as a proper, "real thing" positioning itself against the Defender as yet another JLR scramble upmarket then Ford may strike gold. Rightly or wrongly people bough the Capri and RS cars in the belief they had a bargain. If the Bronco is as good as it looks, not too big for Europe, and gets proper marketing then they could be on to a winner if people want blue-collar 4x4 authenticity rather than upmarket designer tags.

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