Back in October last year a UAW chairman confirmed, by accident, the upcoming 2018 Ford Bronco. However, Ford actually decided to keep quiet about the whole incident. Despite that, earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show the SUV was confirmed by Ford. They said the car will return to the market in 2020 but it seems a concept, and later a release candidate, will be released beforehand. There are very few details about the Bronco but the available information is still quite interesting. It seems the new model will be based on the same chassis as the Ranger. Ford’s CEO even said the car was going to be overbuilt thanks to its truck-chassis. Because of this statement, it is safe to assume the Bronco’s chassis and running gear won’t change much from the Ranger. This likely means a solid axle in the back with an independent front suspension setup. The Bronco will likely boast the same brakes as the truck, so it should more than capable of doing everything the truck does and more.
2018 Ford Bronco Price, Release Date and Detail
Like its main rival, the upcoming Bronco is actually expected to receive an all aluminum body. This will allow Ford to keep the weight down while not compromising on the durability of the SUV. While the first generation of the Bronco was meant as a go-anywhere crossover, the new model will be slightly different. It seems Ford really wants a true off-road machine and the Bronco will be the one doing it. The release date or price is still unknown. We can expect a concept revealing most of its design in the upcoming year. The production model will likely hit the market closer to 2019 or early 2020 at a price lower than $30,000.
It seems the 2018 Ford Bronco is not going to be a two-door model only as the early rumors reported. Instead, the SUV is going to be available as a four-door for sure with a possible two-door model coming shortly after. Apparently, Ford made this decision due to the fact their main rival is selling more than 5 four-door versions for each 1 two-door model. This 5 to 1 ratio is more than enough to basically discontinue altogether the two-door model. Due to the aluminum body, the Bronco is not going to be available with a soft-top like reported. Instead, the car will receive a hard-top which is expected to be fixed. The doors won’t be removable either due to safety concerns but even so, Ford might think about a solution for the damaged doors during off-road sessions. In terms of looks, the Bronco will likely boast design cues from the original. Expect it to boast a rather boxy look with a lot of aggressive cues meant to make it as fun-looking as possible.
Inside the Cabin of new 2018 Bronco
Even though the exterior will be unique, the interior of the 2018 Ford Bronco is actually expected to be mostly similar to that of the Ranger. The two cars are likely going to share the same dashboard and instrument cluster. However, the Bronco might receive slightly different features as well as better off-road assistance systems meant to allow it to go further during off-road sessions. All versions will be able to accommodate up to 5 people with more than enough spare room for luggage. Some suggested the Bronco could receive a removable rear roof portion in order to become something similar to a pickup but this hasn’t been confirmed yet.
2018 Ford Bronco Engine and Specs
The base model of the 2018 Ford Bronco is more than likely going to receive a 2.0-liter turbo four EcoBoost good for around 250 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. This should be more than enough to allow the car to go pretty much anywhere. A more powerful V6 EcoBoost with over 300 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque is also a real possibility. Just like its main rival, the Bronco is also set to receive a diesel powertrain offering right around 200 horsepower and over 350 lb-ft of torque. All of them are expected to be available with a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 10 speed automatic. Four-wheel drive will be available as standard while the higher-end models are expected to receive an electronic torque vectoring system instead of the usual lockable differentials.