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The 2020 Ford Bronco adds some new twists to an old favorite

Quick notes

-Ford has reintroduced the Bronco for the 2020 model year. It will be the first time the Ford Bronco has been produced since 1996.

-The Ford Bronco is being reintroduced as a direct competitor for the Jeep series of products, particularly the Wrangler.

-Many of the features offered on the Ford Bronco are similar to those offered on the Jeep series of products.

The Ford Bronco is back after a 24-year absence. What a time to be alive! The 2020 Ford Bronco brings back some of the classic boxy styling of the Bronco we all loved, but it also introduces new high-tech features.

It’s slated to be mid-sized with 2 rows of seating, including split rear seating to extend the cargo compartment. Currently, it’s believed to be offering a 4 and 6-cylinder engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 2020 Ford Bronco is expected to offer 5 trim levels, the Bronco, XLT, Limited, Platinum and Raptor off-road. It is expected to be priced starting at the low $30,000 range.

Body-on-frame platform

The 2020 Ford Bronco will be the only Ford SUV with a body-on-frame platform. The others are built on a uni-body frame. For an SUV, the benefit of this is in the handling and feel of the off-road ride.

A body-on-frame platform involves a separate body mounted on a rigid chassis that contains the powertrain. The body-on-frame platform relies on heavy steel rails, which resists twisting, unlike a unibody vehicle. It significantly increases the weight of the Bronco, but also means that will be quite suitable for towing and aggressive off-roading.

The 2020 Ford Bronco brings back some of the classic boxy styling of the Bronco we all loved, but it also introduces new high-tech features.

Rival for Jeep

Ford has made clear that the Bronco is intended as a Jeep rival.This means that some of the features are taken directly from the Jeep Wrangler and similar Jeep models, but ‘Fordized’. This includes a flatbed truck version, removable tops and doors, and also a smaller 2 door version.

Flatbed Truck Version– Positioning the 2020 Bronco as a rival for the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep line of products also means that Ford has considered offering a flatbed version of the Bronco to rival the Jeep Gladiator. Unfortunately, confirmed details of the Bronco and pictures are being held under tight wrap so we can only speculate at this point. Based on mock-ups of the Bronco released so far, this should be quite the interesting harkening back to the days of the Land Rover Defender.


Removable top and doors– The 2020 Ford Bronco is rumored to also feature removable doors and top. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to get our hands on any photos confirming this.

Baby Bronco–A smaller, 2-door version of the Bronco, called a Baby Bronco, will also be available. It has been speculated that because the 2020 Bronco will be geared towards the luxury off-roading crowd the Baby Bronco will be offered as a smaller, cheaper version of that.

Release date up in the air

There have been many guesses about the potential release date of the Ford Bronco, as it’s now November of 2019, and we have yet to see a lot of information about it. It was estimated that it would be a late-2019 release. It’s not yet listed on Ford’s website along with the other 2020s available for late 2019 so a late-2019 release date is looking less and less likely. Considering the buildup for the return of the Bronco after 24 years, it may be best to take that extra time and work out any kinks.

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