The Ford Bronco rumor mill has been fairly quiet recently, but that silence is ending by way of a recent Ford dealership meeting. At the meeting, Ford Motor Company offered up additional details regarding the upcoming Bronco and other new models; of course said details have started to leak out.
There’s a lot of information to unpack, but lets start with the Bronco itself. Dealerships are reporting the revived nameplate will feature two and four door models, both of which will offer removable doors and hard-top roof. Dealers also confirmed it will be available in rear and all-wheel-drive, somewhat of a given since its based on the same platform as the Ranger.
Keeping with the Jeep Wrangler like setup, Bronco will also offer a full-size spare tire mounted on the rear.
From a styling perspective, the Bronco will have its namesake embossed across the grille, much like the F-150 Raptor. Styling is also supposedly more linked to the 1965 Bronco than the 1996, indicating this is going to be more of a retro design than possibly originally assumed.
Powertrain information on the Bronco has not trickled out with great certainty just yet, but there is speculation it will leverage both the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. A hybrid model is also expected at some point in the future.
Where things get really interesting is with the additional models Ford has planned. Ford informed dealerships that it will eventually offer a whole portfolio of off-roaders, including the Bronco, a front-wheel-drive “baby” Bronco and a new small unibody pickup. The exact timing for the other two model is unclear at this time.
Dealerships report they were also shown Ford’s upcoming battery-electric SUV, which is based on the Mustang. Thus far not a lot of details from the event have been offered up on this model.