The Ford Motor Company officially confirmed the return of the legendary Bronco. After years of speculation, rumors and an increase in consumer demand we know the new midsize 4×4 utility vehicle is scheduled to hit the showrooms by 2020 as a 2021 model year truck.
The legendary two-door truck will come out with a four-door rendition as four-door SUVs sell extremely well in the current marketplace. At this point, we are not clear on whether or not the hardcore Bronco fans will get to see a two-door version as well.
According to Bronco6g.com:
“As we now know from official Ford statements, the sixth generation Bronco will share a modified T6 platform with the 2019 Ford Ranger. Raj Nair recently confirmed the new Bronco will be similar in size to the global Ford Ranger currently offered outside of North America which means a four-door Bronco is a virtual guarantee.
Our four-door 2020 Bronco concept shows an ultra-rugged body-on-frame offroader that is equally at home on both pavement and trail–and with the battle scars to show it. We’ve retained the classic round headlights and blunt inset grille with retro cues while adding beefed up off-road tires and a 3-inch lift.”
Although the new Bronco will not be considered an extreme rock crawler like the JEEP Wrangler. Some experts agree that the iconic SUV may be a direct rival for the Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited.
Others speculate it will have additional competition with larger-midsize trucks like the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma.
This sixth-generation Bronco will also come complete with the latest in smart technology and a fresh new look while remaining true to its rugged roots.
Here’s what Ford had to say:
“The rumors are true: the Ford Bronco is coming back!
“We’ve heard our customers loud and clear. They want a new generation of vehicles that are incredibly capable yet fun to drive,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas. “Bronco will be a no-compromise midsize 4×4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city.”
The Ford Bronco was first introduced in 1965 as a 1966 model. The original Bronco became an icon of an adventurous lifestyle and off-road capability. Available options during the 10-year production of the first Bronco included a CB radio, an auxiliary gas tank, a power take-off, a winch and a post-hole digger.
The Bronco would continue in production for 30 years, seeing a total of five generations, and growing from what was considered in 1966 to be a compact SUV to eventually share height and width specs with the Ford F-150.
The rugged new Bronco will be a midsize SUV, and will be part of the global Ford vehicle portfolio in 2020.
The Ford Bronco will be manufactured at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, which is the same plant where the 1966 through 1996 models were built.”
Based on leaked images, spy photos and speculation we really do not know what the actual truck will look like. However, if it’s anything close to the renderings from Bronco6g.com and other sources we will be thoroughly impressed.