Finally, we get to see a Ford Bronco test mule roaming the streets of Detroit.
Woah. This is not what we expected when we were told that the Bronco would have a cool “retro” design at the Ford dealer meeting last month. This thing actually looks a lot more like a Ranger than a Bronco, and for good reason.
The Bronco is said to share the same chassis as the Ranger, so the test mule you see here is basically a Ranger with some Bronco modifications. The body, chassis, and probably the engine are all Ranger, but the suspension, tires, and axles are definitely what we’ll see on the 2020 Bronco.
That running gear is damn thick. Those are Dana 33 front and Dana 44 rear axles, along with big chunky all-terrain tires and what is widely reported to be coil spring suspension on each corner. This would mirror the Jeep Wrangler’s solid axles with coil springs and give the Bronco similar off-road performance.
It’s also been widely reported that the body will be boxy and not rounded like this Ranger body here. Expect the overall look of the Bronco to be complemented by a removable roof and either 2 or 4 doors.
Under the hood, we’ve got a few options. Motor1 reports it to be the same 2.4-L turbocharged 4-cylinder as found in the Ranger, while Autoblog reports that an optional 2.7-L V6 will also be available. Your choice of 7-speed manual or 10-speed automatic is also rumored.
We’ll have to wait some time for more official details from Ford. The Bronco is set to debut later in 2020 after the Baby Bronco--which will be based on the Ford Escape--has already had its debut. We still haven’t seen anything about the Baby Bronco, but we can expect to see a mutant Escape wandering around with big solid axles in the near future. Probably.