2020 Ford Bronco Introducing – Detailed Look

Published on May 26, 2018

2020 Ford Bronco Introducing – Detailed Look https://goo.gl/4dWNzQ
The Ford Bronco is a multi-purpose vehicle manufactured and marketed by Ford from 1966 to 1996, over five generations of vehicles. Ford announced plans to reintroduce the Bronco in 2020 at the North American International Car Show in Detroit, Michigan, January 2017.

The Bronco was introduced in 1966 as a competitor to the small four-wheel-drive compact SUVs that included the Jeep CJ-5 and International Harvester Scout; it was built on its own platform.

A major redesign in 1978 enlarged the Bronco, using a shortened Ford F-Series truck chassis to compete with the similarly adapted Chevy K5 Blazer and the Dodge Ramcharger. Most Broncos are equipped with a swing-away spare tire carrier on the outside of the rear door.

From 1966 to 1996, Broncos were produced at Ford’s Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne, Michigan. After years of rumors, Ford announced that the Bronco would return for the 2020 model year, made in its former assembly plant.

The original Bronco was an off-road vehicle intended to compete primarily with Jeep CJ models and the International Harvester Scout. The Bronco’s small size, riding on a 92-inch wheelbase, made it maneuverable for some uses, but impractical as a tow vehicle. The 1966 Bronco was not only Ford’s first compact SUV.

The idea behind the Bronco began with Ford product manager Donald N. Frey, who also conceived the Ford Mustang; Lee Iacocca pushed the idea through to production. In many ways, the Bronco was a more original concept than the Mustang; whereas the Mustang was based upon the Ford Falcon, the Bronco had a frame, suspension, and body that were not shared with any other vehicle.

The Bronco was designed axles and brakes from the Ford F-100 four wheel drive pickup truck were used, but the front axle was located by radius arms. The initial engine was the Ford 170 cu in 2.8 L straight-6, modified with solid valve lifters, a 6-US-quart 6 L oil pan, heavy-duty fuel pump, oil-bath air cleaner, and a carburetor with a float bowl compensated against tilting.

Styling was subordinated to simplicity and economy, so all glass was flat, bumpers were straight C-sections, the frame was a simple box-section ladder, and the basic left and right door skins were identical except for mounting holes.

The early Broncos were offered in wagon, pickup, and a less popular roadster configuration. The roadster version was dropped, and the sport package, which later became a model line, was added.

Ford more than likely will resurrect the Bronco to go head-to-head with Wrangler and likely will follow the same BOF, removable top, off-road oriented formula as the Wrangler. And much like the original Bronco, this one will sidestep Wrangler by offering a mildly more livable, refined product, at the expense of off-road capability at the limits.

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