With a soon arrival of the new Bronco SUV, we examine what options it could have. We already wrote all we could find about the upcoming vehicle and you can read it here. The return of the iconic model is causing a lot of attention. The latest reports are saying that the 2020 Ford Bronco will focus on its off-road performance. This is not a big surprise, though. But, will it be a complete off-road SUV or it will have a trim level suitable for tough weather and terrain situations, like Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro? Let’s see what is 2020 Ford Bronco Off-Road all about.
Bronco is coming back after 20 years. Ford announced the return in 2016 and it is finally happening in 2020. With a rise of crossover and SUV segment, the company will find the spot for its legendary model. So, the 2020 Ford Bronco Off-Road lands in a mid-size segment. We couldn’t see too much on the only teaser photo since the vehicle wore a blanket. But, experts could analyze its shapes, at least, and concluded the Bronco brings back its old-school boxy look.
Finally, with the latest rumors pointing on 2020 Bronco’s off-road capabilities, we can cut some engines from the list of possible drivetrains. So far, we could hear everything – even diesel and hybrid power sources.
So, why Ford decides to bring back the Bronco SUV? First of all, this market is in the expansion. If there is a room for a new model, no company will miss the opportunity to make its squad larger. This time, the 2020 Ford Bronco Off-Road should take the spot in a mid-size class. The Blue Oval company already has a representative there – Explorer. Fans are waiting to see what roles both vehicles in this tier are getting.
The latest info about 2020 Ford Bronco Off-Road might solve the dilemma. Explorer SUV is going to remain where it is, while the Bronco is more off-road oriented. Explorer is not so capable of such tasks, so this is kind of reinforcement.
2020 Ford Bronco Off-Road Official Info
The upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco Off-Road, or as some call it Baby Bronco, is confirmed by company chiefs. Hau Thai-Tang, head of the development office said this kind of vehicle will improve the versatility and utility. Also, he was saying the new Baby Bronco will use the new Focus platform. Furthermore, Tang unveiled the model belongs to the premium class, while details about specs and details are not for public yet. We are still trying to figure out if the 2020 Baby Bronco is going to be the special edition of its bigger sibling or independent SUV.
It is strange to hear and hard to imagine something built on Focus’ platform being an off-road capable. The same concept is going to be used for the upcoming all-electric crossover by Ford. We could see similar tries by other companies which were not so successful. Porsche Cayenne is one of the examples, but it is far away from an off-road vehicle.
2020 Ford Bronco Off-Road Powertrain Options
As said, there are a lot of possibilities for the engine room of the new Bronco. But, what kind of drivetrains engine room of the off-road model demands? A lot of torque. So, diesel comes to our mind. It might be pretty possible, with the Ford F-150 diesel coming in 2019. But, that is the only pro of this idea. All other facts say the carmaker will think more about some heavy unit. While the base SUV is probably getting a turbo V6, 2020 Ford Bronco Off-Road could use V8 engine. With it, Bronco will provide enough power for adventures on tough terrains and bad weather.
Could it be a Hybrid?
Hardly. But, if the Baby Bronco is going to share the same platform with the upcoming all-electric crossover, the 2020 Bronco Off-Road built on the same architecture could use it for hybrid setup as well. On the other hand, it is hard to imagine how the US carmaker is going to pull that off. Well, if we can call any company a magician in the automotive industry, that is Ford.
2020 Ford Bronco Off-Road Release Date
With lack of info about 2020 Ford Bronco Off-Road, we can’t know much about its release date. Experts, fans, and enthusiasts are sure the base version is coming for the NAIAS 2019. But, the off-road model could be launched later. Also, the debut and release date depend on the hybrid engine, if it happens.