2020 Ford Bronco Hybrid – If Wrangler could do it… So, what do we know about the Bronco? We know that it is coming in the model year 2020 with truck-ish underpinnings. That was said by Ford itself, while the majority of other stuff are rumors. Possible resurrection of big nameplates triggers speculations naturally, while Bronco certainly caused an avalanche of them. Let’s focus here on one of those, and a fairly interesting one. 2020 Ford Bronco Hybrid.
Ford’s Current Deal With Electricity
At this moment “blue oval” has a decent number of vehicles involved in some way with moving electrons. It offers C-Max and Fusion both as regular hybrids and also plug-in ones, while Focus is offered in pure electric shape. That would make five of them, while problem doesn’t lay in number, more in the fact that none of them excels in its area as they all appear more as an afterthought than carefully developed products.
Let’s just note that Focus Electric’s driving range of 76 miles appears rather silly to the majority of rivals pushing well over 100 miles, and that is without even mentioning Chevy Bolt. Anyway, Detroit is turning the page as plans are fairly exciting.
Ford has promised 13 hybrids and electric cars by 2020. That would be a lot of them, and that would be not so far from now. That “unlucky” number includes stuff like Mustang and F150, believe or not. Undeniably important part of America’s list of biggest icons, both are about to brake some boundaries while Ford promises to do it in the right way. Hack, the lots of frames are already broken as Mustang hides four-cylinder under the bonnet, while F’s twin-turbo V6 robbed the flagship pole from naturally fed V8. If a truck has a hybrid future, what about the Bronco?
It Could Make Sense
Delivering such a big number of electrified vehicles in such short time span is not easy, so that number might as well counted Bronco in. Why not? Bronco is destined to carry truck underpinnings (Ranger’s one), and if real truck (F150) has hybrid intentions, it is much easier to accept the same for an SUV. Plus, a bunch of crossover SUVs offer hybrid variants, Kia Niro went further as a dedicated hybrid, while Tesla went furthest with completely electric Model X, leaving Jaguar and Audi soon to follow.
Although body on frame proper SUVs hasn’t been associated much with electric assistance so far, that is probably going to change. A new generation of Wrangler is set to introduce hybrid technology to famous mid-sizer, so it shouldn’t be so strange to expect the same from 2020 Ford Bronco Hybrid heavily set on rivaling it.
Chance for Aggression
Rumor suggests that Jeep is taking it slowly and that possibly only mild hybrid is in preparation. Wrangler is an icon, and by brand’s view, it should be compromised too sudden, rather by gently and peacefully introducing a new way of thinking to the buyer’s minds. Ford could follow the same philosophy with Bronco, or it could act more aggressively and push it into the spot light with plug-in variant or at least regular hybrid. It is left to see how electricity could influence off-roading, but plentifully and instantly available torque is what every off-roader craves for.
2020 Ford Bronco Hybrid Price and Release Date
It is too early to guess whether the hybrid could potentially debut for 2020 model year or it could do that some time afterward. Price would also be a premature guess, but if you insist let’s say in the area around $35k perhaps? That would be based on estimated price of around $30k for a start for more regular Bronco.
UPDATE: One of the most iconic SUVs is coming back to the market! The Blue Oval Company officially confirmed at 2017 Detroit Auto Show 2020 Ford Bronco SUV and 2019 Ford Ranger pickup will be back in just a few years! The iconic model will be built in the US, at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant. Ford’s Joe Hinrichs says “a no-compromise mid-size 4×4 utility for the thrill-seekers who want freedom and off-road functionality, with the space and versatility of an SUV. It’s capable of conquering everything from your daily commute to gravel roads and boulders.”
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According to Reddit AMA, an anonymous redditor (user named FordDesignBurner) designer at the Ford Development Center in Dearborn said new Bronco 2020 will be nearly identical to the Ford Everest (Everest is a 4-door SUV based on the Ranger platform), that means the 2020 Ford Bronco will only be available as a four-door SUV. These are few interesting questions with some interesting answers; not verified by ©Ford
If the new Bronco would take cues from Broncos of yore, the Redditor said “Not really, both vehicles will be based on current production models,” “Both vehicles (Ranger and Bronco) will likely have similar off-road capabilities in their off-road oriented trim level. One of our most important considerations is to prevent one vehicle from cannibalizing sales from another vehicle in the Ford lineup. This is why the Bronco will take an extra year to be released, we’re having a bit of a tough time fitting it into the SUV lineup, which by 2020 will have 6 other SUVs already.”
Ford Bronco Review
The Bronco is one of the original crossovers but it was unfortunately replaced by the Expedition all the way back in the ‘90s. Since then there have been numerous rumors about an entirely new car bearing the same name. Unfortunately, Ford decided to keep quiet for a very long time but quite recently they confirmed the 2020 Ford Bronco. The car will be released at the same time with the upcoming Ranger and it is set to be showcased at the end of 2019. There are going to be quite a few differences between the last generation of the Bronco and the upcoming model.
2020 Ford Bronco Price
For starters, it is not going to be a full-size crossover. Instead, the Bronco will be Ford’s offering for a compact crossover aimed at the off-road market. In size, it should be quite similar to the Explorer. However, it will most definitely have a body on frame design and it will be more powerful than its close sibling. Also, the price for a Ford Bronco 2020 might hover around $25,000 for a base model which would be significantly cheaper. This would be achieved with the help of a more minimalistic interior and a lot of optional extras.
Platform and Review
Because the 2020 Ford Bronco won’t be using the same platform as the F-150 it means that it won’t get the great aluminum body. This is both good and bad. The aluminum body would have saved a lot of weight over the steel counterparts. However, a steel body is usually easier, and cheaper, to repair and it is easier to modify as well which will likely make it a favorite in its class. Also, it’s the truck chassis which will be installed will be the same one as in the Ranger.
However, in the Bronco it is expected to use an independent suspension system all around the car, larger brakes as well as softer springs and shocks as it won’t have to carry too much weight inside the car. The towing rating should be similar and most other things will likely be identical between the two. The boxy design of the older models won’t be used here. Instead, expect the new Bronco to have a lot more in common with the latest Escape or Explorer. The back will be quite different, though. Here the car will definitely share a few design cues with the Ranger pickup truck.
Interior of New Ford Bronco
In order to save money and reach the $25,000 base price, the upcoming 2020 Bronco should have a nearly identical interior to the Ranger. The two will feature only basic commodities in the base models such as air conditioning and a basic infotainment system. Further up the range, better seats, materials, and equipment are going to be available, most of them as standard features.
Engine of Upcoming Bronco
Powering the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco will likely be a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine. This would hit the market just in time to compete with the Wrangler’s upcoming 2-liter engine. There is no word on its output for now but we expect at least 250 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. A larger 2.7-liter twin turbo V6 is also a real possibility. Both of these should be mated to a 10 speed automatic only.
The engine most people are going to be interested in though will definitely be Ford’s upcoming diesel. It seems that the Bronco and the Ranger are going to use a 3.2 liter inline 5 diesel derived from the current unit. This should be capable of more than 200 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque and it should be the perfect choice for anything but on-road use. Unlike the other two, a real six-speed manual gearbox might be offered as standard.