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Doing a complete run down of the Bronco. Because I’m bored and we have 5 weeks to kill, also this thread is ONLY ford the Bronco Sport. T6 Bronco will be directed to the Bronco Forum. https://www.bronco6g.com/forum/threads/a-complete-6th-gen-bronco-rundown-because-there’s-nothing-else-to-do.1375/

*This post will be updated as more info needs to be added.

It all started back in the early 60s when Ford wanted to take on the Jeep CJ 5 and International Harvester Scout but offer more family friendly amenities. Enter the first 1966 Ford Bronco. A jeep but better! A completely unique midsized SUV on its own platform.

Then in the 1978 Model Year Ford decided that the Bronco should be bigger, in order to fit more of the Family. Because everything was massive in the 70s. To save Money ford used the F150 platform. From then on the Bronco was more or less a Shorter wheel base F150 SUV sharing styling, drivetrains and parts.

However first gen lovers wanted another small bronco. Enter the 1984 Ford Bronco II. based on the new midsized truck, the Ford Ranger. However due to its weak motors, and tipping hazards, the Bronco II didn’t last. Ending production in 1990. Being replaced by the new family friendly, Ford Explorer.

The F150 Based Bronco didn’t last much longer after the end of the Bronco 2. Ford was having tremendous success with the Explorer over the old Bronco II, 4 doors instead of 2. Lower for ease of accesses. 2 rows and a massive cargo area to fit the whole family and dog.... so they made the Decision to axe the bronco. With the last one rolling off the line 24 years ago on June 12th 1996. in its place was the massive family friendly 3 row Expedition.

Since that day enthusiasts have been BEGGING ford to bring back the Bronco. A fun 2 door off-roader. There were many rumors and theory’s. Even ford fed the flames back in 2004 with its own a Concept car. Which was far from production. It was a Unibody Ford Escape with a body kit and a 2L diesel.

From then on it was just fan concepts and rumors for years and years. Until one fateful day... August 27th 2015

Ford Files the name Ford Bronco with the Trademark office back in February. https://www.bronco6g.com/bronco-trademark-filed-by-ford/

Could be just a renewal but It could be more and boy was it more... enter the UAW collective bargaining agreement of 2015.

Every 5 years the UAW renegotiates its contracts with the BIG3. Ford had made it very clear that they wanted to cut back and even eliminate sedans in the USA. But the UAW said, if were not making the Focus anymore, what will the Wayne plant make? Ford said “The new Ford Ranger starting no later than 2018 and new Ford Bronco starting no later than 2020” https://www.bronco6g.com/ford-bronco-may-return-with-ford-ranger-according-to-latest-rumors/

To me when I read that, I figured Ranger Built Fall of 2018 as a 2019 Model and Bronco in Fall of 2020 as a 2021 Model.

Talk about MASSIVE news. Not only was the Ranger Returning after a short discontinuation. But the Bronco was returning! But what will it be? What will it look like.

Ford Finally OFFICIALLY announced the Bronco at the 2017 NAIAS. not really saying much, Other than the Bronco will be a fun rugged suv build along side the ranger in michigan (presumably on the same platform) https://www.bronco6g.com/20202021-ford-bronco-officially-confirmed-returns-in-2020-as-global-rugged-midsize-suv/

When questioned engineers stated it will be a completely new vehicle from the ground up on the ranger platform. Not a face lifted Everest from Australia. (Where the bronco was being developed)
https://www.bronco6g.com/ford-bronco-to-be-completely-unique-from-the-everest-ford-ranger-t6-sized/

Threw out 2018 info and spy photos trickled out. But the biggest info was, there will be a whole family of Broncos, multiple SUVs squaring up at Jeep. Including but not limited to a new rugged unibody bronco. https://www.bronco6g.com/bronco-to-spur-sub-brand-with-multiple-models-including-baby-bronco/


From then on multiple spy shots and Information leaked out. Which I’ll get to in a little but first. I will get two the 3 new Ford Vehicles fallowing the Bronco and Bronco Sport.

1st the Bronco TRUCK. A Bronco based midsized pick up, also to be built along side (not replacing) the new redesigned ford ranger. Expected to be released ~3 years after the bronco with the Ranger to go head to head with the Gladiator.https://www.bronco6g.com/rumor-ford-bronco-pickup-truck-in-the-works/

2nd is the Bronco Sport Truck Aka Maverick. A Unibody compact pickup based on the Bronco Sport. Roughly the size of the 80/90s Ranger. https://www.bronco6g.com/forum/threads/maverick-pickup-tailgate-leaked-in-cad-image-possibly-bronco-sport-based.1271/

3rd is an unknown vehicle. To be built In the Ohio plant. Where large trucks and vans are built. It could be a new Excursion or a Full Sized Bronco.

So now that we’ve gone over how we have gotten here, and what new ford products are joining the Bronco Family. Let’s go over why we are here.... what’s the New Bronco going to be like.... (Bronco see the Bronco Forum) https://www.bronco6g.com/forum/threads/a-complete-6th-gen-bronco-rundown-because-there’s-nothing-else-to-do.1375/


COMPETITION

The Bronco Sports main competition is the Jeep Compass, especially its Trailhawk trim. Others have pop up in recent years. Including Chevy Trailblazer, Kia Seltos, Mazda CX30.


PLATFORM

The platform will be the new Ford C2 Platform. It will be fords global universal FWD Unibody platform for all its FWD Unibody vehicles. (Current Ford Escape, Focus, Focus Active, Future Bronco Sport, Maverick Truck, Transit Connect, Fusion/Mondeo, Fusion/Modeo Active, Edge and more)
So the Bronco Sport is expected to be a Smaller more rugged Escape. The compact crossover will be assembled in Mexico at the Hermosillo Plant where the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ are built (Until July 2020)


SIZE

The Sport is expected to be a few inches shorter than the cousin Escape. With a similar width. However it is expected to be taller and have a higher ground clearance. Resulting in a similar over all cabin and storage space.


TRIMS

A list of trims has leaked out “BASE, BIG BEND, OUTER BANKS, BAD LANDS, AND 1st EDITION.
Now we know a lot of this vehicle will be shared with the Escape. It’s trims include, S, SE, SEL and TITANIUM. However don’t expect the Bronco Sport to offer a “Rental Car Fleet sales ‘S’ Trim” So it should be something like
Base = SE, Big Bend = SEL, Outer Banks = SE+, Bad Lands = Titanium, 1st = limited special edition. However rather than getting more refined and comfy like the Escape does, the Bronco Sport will get more rugged.


POWERTRAIN

Once again the Bronco Sport is sharing a lot of parts with the Escape, so expect the same for the motors. The base motor will be a 1.5L Transverse 3 cylinder turbo Ecoboost “dragon” making 181hp and 190lbft. The optional engine will be the 2.0L Transverse 4 cylinder turbo Ecoboost making 250hp and 280lbft (best in class by a good margin). Hybrid and plug in hybrid expected later down the road likely Mid to late 2021 Again from the Escape. A 2.5L transverse 4 cylinder naturally aspirated hybrid making combine 200hp 200lbft.

I believe the 1.5 will be the only engine available on the base trim. Where all others will have the hybrid and 2.0 available as an option. and the Bandlands wont have the 1.5 option ( once again similar to Escape)


TRANSMISSION

There will be two transmissions on the Bronco Sport. The 8 speed auto from the .... you guessed it ... Ford Escape, for the ecoboost engines. and a CVT for the Hybrid engines.


TRANSFER CASE

As of right now it appears the Bronco Sport will ONLY be available in AWD. There seams to be no FWD configuration available.
Now a big question is will the Bronco Sport offer a 4WD transfer case like the Jeep Compass Trailhawk. Which has BOTH AWD and 4WD.


SUSPENSION

Not expecting anything to crazy. Base suspension and magnaride optional I would expect.


TIRES

2 different tires have been spotted on the Bronco Sport Test vehicles.
225/65r17 street tires, and 235/65r17 A/T tires for higher trims.


OPTIONS

Ford promises lots of official aftermarket parts for the bronco right at launch. Let your mind run wild what that may entail.


COLORS

A full list of colors has been leaked and you see them here :(On Bronco): https://www.bronco6g.com/forum/threads/bronco6gs-2021-bronco-in-production-colors-painted-and-white-top-flares-grille-preview-renderings.1352/
i do expect more colors In the future. There I’ll also be 3 different grills available. No idea if they will be locked into certain trims.


PRICE

Now I expect the bronco to be competitive vs the Competition . I don’t expect to much of a price gap between any if similar equipped. (Remember there is NO FWD AVAILABLE) also I believe the Bronco Sport to be about $4,000 cheaper than the Escape with similar equipment. Yes it’s more “rugged” but it’s smaller and that’s what matters.

Base $25,995
Big Bend $27,995
Outer Banks $29,995
Bad Lands $32,995
1St Edition a refined Outer banks $30,995

2.0 Ecoboost add $2,000
Hybrid add $1,000

IF they ever offer a FWD option take off $1,500.


REVEAL

Reveal is set for some time in July. And it sounds like a full Bronco brand reveal. So both 2/4 door broncos as well as the sport. With possibly more info of future projects. I would expect the reveal to be sooner than later Since the Bronco Sport is already in limited production mode making cars for epa/ iihs tests and wrapping up set up for full production.


AVAILABILITY

The Bronco Sport is already in”Pre-Production“ making a limited number of vehicles to send to the EPA for emissions, MPG and power ratings and to the IIHS for Safety and crash tests as well as getting all the bugs out of the assembly line. That
process is expected to end Mid July and Full Production to start late August. Meaning they should be at your local dealer before years end. 2022 Hybrid likely Fall 2021.


FUTURE

The Bronco brand will continue to grow and more and more Bronco related products are expected to come out in the next couple of years.

Ford Maverick (Bronco Sport Truck). - Revealed 2021. Available late 2021 as a 2022 model.

Ford Ranger - Revealed 2022. available late 2022 as a 2023 Model.

Raptors! - Raptor models of the Ford Bronco and Ranger are expected to be Revealed with the new ranger. In 2022 as 2023 models available late 2022.

Ford Bronco Truck - Revealed 2023. Available late 2023 as a 2024 model. With raptor trim.

Ford “UNKNOWN” - An all new Ford Vehicle is expected for the 2024 model year. Revealed some time in 2023. Available late 2023.
 
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