The Bronco is the SUV that a lot of people are waiting for in the US. It was originally intended as a work vehicle but it later became a competitor for the Wrangler. Unfortunately it was discontinued back in ‘96 and replaced by the Expedition. This became a much bigger car than it though and because of that Ford was left without a compact crossover to compete with the Wrangler. The first concept for an upcoming Bronco was released back in 2004 but nothing was then said about it. Last year rumors about a 2018 Ford Bronco started to surface but Ford dismissed them and said that they were not currently working on such a car.
Interestingly enough though, a few months back a UAW official said that the Michigan plant where the Focus was built is not going to be closed. Why? Well, he also said that Ford is going to move there the production for the new generation Ranger and the new Bronco. This basically confirmed that the Bronco actually exists and it is well under development. So far Ford did not say all that much about it but we do know some facts. For starters, the development is actually happening in Australia where the upcoming generation of the Ranger is being developed.
2018 Ford Bronco Release date & Price
At the beginning of 2017, many people got the same New Year’s present. Blue Oval finally announced that new Bronco would arrive in 2019 as 2020 MY. Few have anticipated that Ford has this in plans for 2017 Detroit Auto Show. In addition to Bronco, they have tingled everybody’s imagination with the announcement that this modern 4×4 is only one of the five utility vehicles coming by 2020. Unfortunately, the leak of information has stopped here. We know that it’s coming, that it’s going to be built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant, while the rest of information is still based on speculation and expert opinions. Read more about it in the remainder of the article.
If you like long shot guesses then here’s what the price of 2018 Bronco is going to be. Considering that its main competitor is going to be Jeep Wrangler, new Bronco won’t be too far from Jeep’s SUV. One important thing is that Bronco was absent from the market since 1996, while at the same time Wrangler’s price has been steadily going up. The current gen of Wrangler Unlimited starts close to the $28,000. With the upcoming model, it will be few thousands more expensive. The above-written means that 2018 Bronco will be priced in the region of $30,000 for the entry model. With higher trim and more equipment, we think that it will go up to $45,000. Anyway, this is all pure guessing, so stay tuned as we bring you more reliable information.
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Is it the Everest?
Ford is already making a crossover based on the Ranger with the Everest. However, it seems that the 2018 Ford Bronco won’t be it. Instead, it will be an all new model which will likely come with an entirely new design as well. Most rumors suggest a utilitarian design with a removable top, two and four door versions and a rather retro-modern feel. We do expect the Bronco to come with rugged materials inside and the latest generation gadgets needed by the young generation.
The rumors that 2018 Bronco is going to look same as the Everest or Endeavour what is called in some markets were heated again after the first spy photos appeared. The test mule for this 4×4 was spied together with upcoming 2019 Ranger. These two are loyal companions through their development because they share platform. And, while ranger looks closer to the production, we suspect that Everest shell is only used for testing of the underpinnings and powertrains rather than hinting on its final appearance. The general public want’s that new and modern Bronco retains some of its boxy shape that made it so famous. Also, considering that there are a few years until 2018 Bronco is fully developed this is likelier to happen than that it’s going to borrow Everest’s look.
How it will look?
So far most renders point out at a design inspired by the first generation Bronco. This features round headlights and a really Wrangler-like feel. However, most people also forget that the last Bronco was actually identical to the Ranger. This may very well be the case with this new model as well, especially now when Jeep is also releasing a pickup Wrangler. Things may change until release and it remains to be seen how the finalized vehicle will actually look. No matter what the case will be though, we are sure Ford is going to hit home run with it.
Under the skin- 2018 Ford Bronco Specs
At this point it has been confirmed that the 2018 Ford Bronco is going to use the new Ranger-platform. Ford said that this will be quite light thanks to the information they have from developing the F-150. An all aluminum body on a high strength steel chassis is not impossible. Also, they said that the Bronco will be overbuilt because it will have the same components as the truck which will need to tow and carry a lot more than it. The front end will benefit from an independent suspension while at the back a solid axle will be used.
There are two pats that 2018 Bronco might take regarding powertrains. It’s not likely that Ford will manufacture new engines for this SUV. The real possibility is that it will borrow drivetrains from Ranger or F-150 Pickup. The best option would be a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 available with 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. The primary purpose of this engine would be to outrun competitors such is Jeep Wrangler. Another option is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. The latter unit might find its way onto Bronco performance version. When on an SUV of Bronco’s size it would be able to create 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
Most recent speculations have included a possibility that new Bronco might come as a hybrid. Their main efforts are focused on bettering the Wrangler. Pairing Bronco’s engines with electric motors is just one option. At the moment it is not known to which engine would E-motors would be paired or what sort of a plug-in hybrid would 2018 Ford Bronco would be.
The gear shifter would probably be Ford’s 10-speed automatic. But, what most people are hoping for is a six-speed manual, but this option is not planned. You can hope, that’s not forbidden. Another interesting feature is going to be transfer case which will be used for the 4WD system. Its function is going to be to move power in-between front and rear wheels.
Also, the car is might hit the market with a pair of 4 or 5 cylinder turbocharged diesel. Ford has both a 2.2 liter and a 3.2 liter engine. The latter is the 5 cylinder which is also currently used on the Transit, so it would make sense to use it again in the Bronco.