Ford really built a large fan base for its large SUV that became famous for the O.J. Simpson slow-speed chase in the 1990s. Ultimately discontinued as a result of Ford shifting focus to the growing demand for "family" SUVs, the Bronco was left in history and memories.
Now, however, Ford is about to release not 1, but 2 Broncos! The medium-sized Bronco is slated for debut in the summer of 2020 and the newly added "Baby Bronco" will hit showrooms in the spring! Naturally, there's a ton of interest and intrigue on these much-anticipated Ford models. Here's everything we know so far about the little sibling to the forthcoming Bronco.
10 Based On The Ford Escape
The "Baby Bronco" will be based on the new Escape platform. While many details are still yet to be determined, including an official name, this little sibling of an SUV will be a unibody construction shared with the Ford Escape.
Spy photos are aplenty and by the looks of things, while sharing many key attributes with the Escape, the Baby Bronco will greatly differ in design. It will be squared off and made to resemble what we are thinking will be more of a "husky" off-roader.
The "Baby Bronco" will definitely be a sub-compact class SUV. The market is full of SUV sizes ranging for large to the extra small. This vehicle will be the "right-sized" for someone who wants off-road capability but still can fit it in their driveway without needed a guided escort.
While Ford already offers less than a subcompact option in the Eco-sport, the Baby Bronco will be a step above that while still sharing the Escape's power plant under the hood.
8 Should Be Released before The full-sized Bronco
While the truck community is waiting with great anticipation for the reintroduction of the medium-sized Bronco, Ford decided to release its "mini-me" beforehand.
Estimates say that it will be ready to roll off the assembly line by Springtime. Timing will be a key factor in how well the public receives this new addition to the Ford SUV family.
7 What's in a name?
While there is much buzz surrounding Ford's upcoming lineup, especially with the new Bronco (midsize) coming out in the summer of 2020 and the "Baby Bronco" in the spring, there is no official name yet for this compact SUV.
Mustang purists are presumably glad this vehicle didn't get the "honor" of being named after that pony icon. There are rumors however that suggest names such as Adventurer or Bronco Sport. Time will tell soon enough.
6 Early 2020 reveal in NY or Chicago!
The new Bronco's younger sibling will be revealed either at the New York or Chicago auto shows! As the Detroit auto show takes place later in the year, it fails to coincide with Ford's likely gameplan when it comes to revealing this new "pony-SUV."
While there is no hard date, Ford has options. They may do a private reveal similar to the one held for the Mustang Mach-E recently. The SUV market is rather crowded so it will be interesting to see how the Baby Bronco fits in.
5 Jeep in the Crosshairs
In a world full of SUVs of all shapes and sizes, it is an understatement to say that the market is currently crowded. That said, Ford has its eyes on specific target segments, namely Jeep. To be more specific, the ever so popular Renegade and Cherokee models.
The Jeep Compass is also in Ford's crosshairs, as the company aims to produce an off-road-capable smaller SUV that can hold its own against the trail-rated ruggedness of the Jeep lineup. Specs are still yet to be revealed but there is mention of having 2 hybrid choices.
4 Hybrids are King
Many details are still sketchy but there should be two hybrid choices in the lineup, both coming equipped with the 2.5L Atkinson cycle 4 cylinder.
Buyers will have a choice between a conventional and plug-in hybrid. Gas-powered engine choices will be based on what the Escape already has to offer, 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline-three with 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft to a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.
3 Price roughly In The $25 - 30K range
Among the details that are available for sure, price is still a mystery. Estimates land the Baby Bronco at the $26 thousand dollar range before any trim levels are added, which would mean the car should be priced quite competitively.
If this proves correct, the Baby Bronco would be a reasonably affordable option for those on a budget. Higher trim levels may bump the price well over 3oK. That said, the drivetrain is still not nailed down, so that is an additional variable to the final price.
2 A Pickup Is also in the works!
Ford is certainly going crazy with the reintroduction of the Bronco! It not only plans to have a mid-sized Bronco and a compact one dubbed the "Baby Bronco," but apparently, there are talks of a Bronco pickup truck too!
Naturally, this has led to many speculating whether the Baby Bronco could also spawn a pickup variant. Just imagine - Ford, the maker of the best-selling full-size truck, might also produce a mini Bronco pick-up! While this is little more than speculation, it is pretty fun to think about.
1 Drivetrain uncertain
As we're learning more about the Baby Bronco there is still a lot of loose ends to be tied up. The drivetrain, for example, is still undetermined. Being that it is based on the Escape, it is logical to think the Baby Bronco will, at least, offer an AWD option.
What's not clear is if they're planning on a front-wheel-drive standard or if AWD will be the default. In today's competitive SUV market, at the very least, the Baby Bronco should offer AWD as an option. Frankly, Ford might be better off making it standard since this vehicle is supposed to be off-road capable.