The wait for the new Ford Bronco is almost over.
Ford Motor Company will debut the highly anticipated off-road SUV next month. The reveal of the smaller off-road crossover variant, called the Bronco Sport, will follow in April – most likely at the New York auto show. The Bronco Sport will go on sale late this year, while the Bronco won’t be available until early 2021.
The larger Bronco will be a direct competitor to the Jeep Wrangler, while the ‘Baby Bronco’, officially known as the ‘Bronco Sport’, will be built on the Ford Escape platform and will compete with the likes of the Jeep Cherokee.
Ford says the larger Bronco will be a real, no-compromise, body-on-frame 4×4 – built to take on some of the toughest terrains.
It will offer notable features such as solid front and rear axles, as well as an “Open Air Roof.” Ford says it’s a “no-compromise midsize 4×4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city.” It may or may not get a two-door option.
According to former Ford Product Development Chief Raj Nair, the Bronco will share its frame with the Ranger pickup, which made its debut for the 2019 model year. Ford’s agreement with the United Auto Workers hints that the SUV could use an aluminum body because the panels come from the same stamping plant as the F-150.