Many Bronco fans are still very curious and wondered if Ford really keen to bring back the legendary Bronco SUV into the real life. The Dearborn automaker still keep the Bronco concept since it was introduced for the first time at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show, but we know that Ford never brought it back to the production line. We don’t know what the main reason behind Ford’s plan.
If you’re a handsome man who navigates life in 1966, you would know that it’s the first year when the Ford Bronco comes to the market. Talking about the Bronco history, the first-generation model made its first appearance in 1966 and utilizes a front engine layout. Destined to come as a two-door sport utility vehicle in the small compact SUV segment, the first-gen Bronco is set to fight against its strongest competitors at that time such as, the International Harvester Scout and Jeep CJ-5.
Unfortunately, the four-door passenger vehicle sold quite well in mid-1996 and four-door models seem to be the new market trends at that time. So, Ford may think that they should replace the Bronco with the new four-door models in order to respond to consumer demand. In the same year, the Bronco successor has finally come in the form of a four-door full-size SUV and the new model is widely known as an Expedition, which is destined to fight against General Motors product line such as, the GMC Yukon, Chevy Tahoe and Suburban.
Ford Bronco History
Bronco has a great name in its history, especially for the fans. In 2004, Ford finally decided to bring the legendary Bronco concept at the Detroit Auto Show and our memories seem to go back to the past when looking at the concept version. However, as you can see in the picture, the sixth-generation Bronco seen adopting a much better design than the previous production model. The exterior design adopts box-like roofline combined with the round headlights and adopts a short wheelbase configuration.
Talking about engines and performance, the Ford Bronco Concept is powered by a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine that can deliver at least 128 horsepower and 244 lb-ft of torque. This 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine featuring four-cylinder setup, complete with intercooled and Intelligent 4WD system. In order to transfer power to all four wheels, the sixth-generation model is equipped with a six-speed PowerShift manual gearbox.
Now, some reports indicate that Ford seems really serious to bring back the Bronco to the market. What we know so far is that the 2017 Ford Bronco will likely be based on the concept version, but the new model will get some changes and improvements in every aspect. The exterior and interior may be redesigned, but we doubt if the sixth-generation model will be completely redesigned.
The Dearborn-based automaker may be utilizing a design language from the concept version, given that the 2004 Bronco concept hasn’t been entered into the production line until now. So, we suspect the 2017 models will have a many similarities to its concept version. However, we don’t deny if Ford will provide a significant upgrade in terms of interior features. Meanwhile, the interior materials may be enhanced by high-quality materials and revised equipment.
2017 Ford Bronco Features and Specs
Rumors also suggest that the next Broncos will ride on the same platform as can be found in the Ford Ranger and Explorer. Speaking of features, the all-new 2017 Bronco will allegedly be equipped with several high-tech features as has been seen in several other Ford models, such as SYNC with MyFord Touch, BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert, Active Park Assist, Navigation System with SiriusXM Traffic, Rear-View Camera and much more.
Under the hood, the 2017 Ford Bronco will likely offer three different engine options and two of them will be taken from the current F-150 pickup truck. This means that the Broncos will be powered by a Twin-Turbo 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with a peak output at least 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.
Next, the new model will also get a 5.0-liter V8 engine delivering 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, followed by the last option would probably come with a 4.5-liter turbodiesel engine. All engine options will reportedly only offered with four-wheel drive setup, but the Broncos will be available both with a six-speed manual and SelectShift automatic transmission.
Release Date Schedule and Price Tag
As for the release date, the sixth-gen 2017 Ford Bronco rumored to be making its first debut at an auto show before the end of 2016 and will likely be available in U.S. dealerships later this year or early next year. We’re guessing this new model may be introduced at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, but keep in mind that this is just a guess. Speaking of price, the new Bronco is expected to go on sale in the North American market with a price tag around $31,000.