Bronco rebirth to feature modern suspension and power
Ford’s upcoming Bronco revival is widely anticipated. A new report from Car and Driver says the production version will have retro styling with a boxy body and round headlights, removable doors and a canvas roof to help it compete with Wrangler.
A new video from Ford shows a prototype Bronco tearing up the desert and climbing over rocks. The new Ford is to be based on the T6 Ranger platform and so, unlike the Wrangler, the Bronco will have independent front suspension. The rear will use a live axle and leaf springs. It may also inherit the locking rear differential from the Ranger Raptor. Another possibility is an AWD system similar to that used by the Everest.
As to power, the range will likely kick off with the same turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder as in the North American Rangers, which outputs 201kW/420Nm, paired to a ten-speed automatic transmission. Moving on up, buyers can opt for the 242kW/542Nm twin-turbocharged 2.7-litre V6 engine, a version of which is found in the F-150. The Blue Oval may even include a manual transmission with this version, as well as the standard ten-speed auto.
Cool as it all sounds, there’s little chance of this making it to New Zealand. According to Aussie publications, Ford sadly won’t be building the rugged SUV with the steering wheel on the right.