After surprising us with a teaser earlier this year, Ford’s “Baby Bronco” has leaked out from Ford’s dealer conference last month in Las Vegas.
The SUV’s design has changed a bit from the teaser with a boxier front end and a light bar meeting to the “FORD” script in the grill. The overall design appears to be production ready, which is a surprise considering it is not suppose to come out until 2020.
The only other aspect we know is that it will ride on the Focus platform, but Ford says it will still be a capable off-roader. It will take straight aim at the Jeep Compass.
Though Ford has not released a formal name for the vehicle, Ford recently re-trademarked “Maverick.” Though most Americans would like recognize the name belonging to a 1970s compact car, the nameplate has been more recently used on a pair of rebadged Nissan SUVs in Europe and Australia and the first-generation Escape in Europe as well. Ford has also been on a kick to bringing back historical nameplates for new vehicles. The Escort, Freestyle, Aspire, Custom, and Courier have all made recent comebacks. Even Lincoln is getting into the game with the MkC replacement, which is set to be called Corsair – a nod to the Ford and Edsel Corsairs. Finally, Maverick is also be a trendy name, much like the Jeep Renegade.
Though Ford has not announced where the Baby Bronco will be built, with Ford Fiesta production ending at Ford’s Cuautitlán plant within the timeframe, it is the likely suspect. Mexican production also gives easier access into South American markets like Brazil.
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