As one of the world’s leading four-wheel-drive vehicles for three decades, the Ford Bronco ceased production in 1996 but is geared up for a comeback. In 2017, Ford announced the return of the midsize SUV at the North American International Auto Show held in Detroit. Similar in style to the Jeep Wrangler, the 2020 Bronco shares a platform with the Ford Ranger. Keep reading to learn what else you should expect with the 2020 Ford Bronco, which is scheduled to hit the showroom floor in late 2020.
Removable Doors and Roof
What sets the 2020 Bronco apart from others in its class is that you can remove the doors and roof, just like you can with the Jeep Wrangler. The Bronco has a removable hardtop and doors that you can easily store in the trunk. Also, the mirrors are mounted to the A-pillars and not the doors, like they are on the Wrangler. Mounting them to the A-pillars allows you to still have the mirrors once you remove the doors. This allows you to be street legal even if you are driving without doors.
Once you remove the hardtop roof, you could use a roll-out mesh or soft-top roof as a substitute. The mesh piece lets the airflow through the cabin while shutting out the sunlight. You could also deploy the cloth top behind the vehicle once stopped to use it as a tent.
Drivetrain Similar to the Ranger
As mentioned, the 2020 Bronco shares similar features with the Ranger and its 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four engine. This engine produces 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. However, the Bronco might come with a seven-speed manual transmission paired with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. Although offering an SUV with manual transmission might seem like an odd choice, again, this is what the Wrangler offers.
Although it’s not known for certain what the 2020 Bronco will look like, speculation is that the vehicle will feature round headlights and a rectangular grille. It also might have the truck’s name stamped across the boxy grille. This design is similar to the original Bronco constructed between 1966 and 1977. But the manufacturer is implementing new ideas as it might feature aluminum body panels to boost fuel economy and performance. It’s also cheaper to construct the vehicle and allows it to weigh less.
The 2020 Bronco is one of several Ford models that will come with a hybrid variant. This hybrid option goes along with plans for other Ford hybrids, including the Escape, Explorer, F-150, and Mustang as well as a plug-in hybrid Escape.
The 2020 Ford Bronco is a smart choice if you’re looking for a quality vehicle with modern features. If you’re interested in taking the Bronco for a test drive once it hits the market, reach out to the professionals at Gary Crossley Ford. They can help to answer any questions you might have so that you can drive off in this dream vehicle when it becomes available.
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