And yes, there’s a four-door version coming too.
When Ford originally announced the Bronco, the company stamped “Coming 2020” on the promotional media. That’s great, except we had no clue when in 2020 the Bronco was going to arrive. Until now, that is. During a recent Palm Beach, Florida meeting, Ford reportedly took the wraps off its prototype. An Automotive News report indicates attendees told the outlet about Ford’s upcoming plans, including the return of the iconic nameplate.
We still don’t have any official photos of the new Bronco, though. Dealers were asked to hand over their phones at the event, so there aren’t any spy shots this time, either. However, sources said Ford showed off an early prototype of the two-door Bronco, and said a four-door version is coming.
The new Ford Bronco will also have a removable hardtop and removable doors that can be stowed in the cargo area. On that basis, it’s immediately clear which particular vehicle this Bronco is gunning for — the Jeep Wrangler, naturally. Those in the room said the SUV has a “retro” design, which we knew given its boxy shape. However, they also confirmed previous renderings’ take on the new Bronco, in that the truck will have a rectangular grille with “BRONCO” on the front and round headlights. We know Ford will build the new Bronco at its Wayne, Michigan assembly plant, alongside the new Ranger.
According to Automotive News, dealers responded well to Ford’s show and tell. One said it was “twice as cool as I thought it would be. Another said, “It’s going to be a game changer.”
As you would expect, Ford is not commenting on future products, so that is all the information we have on the new Bronco for now.
This isn’t the only new truck Ford’s bringing out
Those of you who have been following our coverage know the Bronco isn’t the only new Ford that will emerge in the coming years. Before the full-fledged Bronco arrives, Ford will bring out the so-called “Baby Bronco” in 2020. The company is also planning a unibody pickup — colloquially referred to as the new Courier. However, that won’t come along until 2021. Finally, Ford is also planning a Mustang-inspired, all-electric crossover with a 300-mile range.
Ford executives at the meeting did not disclose the names for any of those vehicles. CEO Jim Hackett did not make the event, but most of Ford’s other executives were present.