The unibody crossover is shaping up really nicely
Loads of coverage has been going towards the new Ford Bronco, and with good reason, too. The body-on-frame off-roader will share underpinnings with the Ford Ranger and will finally give us a real rival to the Jeep Wrangler. It'll be packing some innovative tech, too, or at least some crazy customizability right from the factory, so it's no surprise that American off-road enthusiasts are salivating at the thought of it already. But there's been another Ford garnering attention too, and while it might not be the body-on-frame warrior the full-size Bronco will be, the 'Baby Bronco' could still be a fantastic way for Ford to continue its SUV onslaught.
While we've seen spy shots and heard of rumored names for the Baby Bronco, the folks over at Motor1 have been sent a photo of what looks to be the production-spec Baby Bronco on Ford's production line.
Of course, Ford was quick to take no credit for the product in the photo, as a spokesperson for the manufacturer declined to comment, but the snap allegedly comes from within a factory where bare shells of the pre-production Baby Bronco, or potential Bronco Adventurer, or Bronco Sport, are being built and stored - possibly for development, or even concept car purposes. While Ford didn't confirm anything, the C-pillar and boxy dimensions of the spied body very closely mimic those of the camouflaged pre-production prototypes we've seen out in the wild, and the photos snapped at Ford's own dealer conference earlier this year, leaving us almost certain that this is the real deal.
While details are scant at this stage, the Bronco Adventurer/Sport is expected to share underpinnings with the Ford Escape, with the boxy body being the big differentiator between the two models. As such, the little Bronco will likely share engines with the Escape, finding power from a range of 1.5- or 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engines. With the Baby Bronco expected to be more rugged than an Escape, we have doubts it'll be available in front-wheel-drive guise, and instead we expect all-wheel-drive as standard.
The Ford Bronco itself will be revealed late in November, at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, but when the little one will be unveiled is at this stage, anyone's guess.