Just don't officially call it the Baby Bronco.
Only a few hours ago a leaked photo of the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco's headlight fnd its way online. This large circular design is a direct throwback to the original 1966-'77 Bronco and we're thrilled it's been revitalized in a modern way. And now the folks at the Bronco6G.com forum have found another leaked image: the front grille of the also upcoming Baby Bronco. How do we know it's for the Escape-based smaller SUV rather than the Ranger-based bigger Ford Bronco? Because of the different headlight shapes: these cutouts are oval. Also, notice the name "BRONCO" stamped front and center across the grille. This leaked image, however, shows some potential differences than earlier leaked images from a Ford dealer meeting.
They showed a Baby Bronco with a circular headlight design, just like the Bronco itself. But these oval cutouts could probably accommodate round headlights as well. Just saying.
We'll reserve final judgment until the vehicle is revealed in full, but so far we like what we're seeing. For those who think the latest Ford Escape looks too wagon-like, then the Baby Bronco seemingly brings some rough and tough SUV attitude back into the picture. Because they share a platform, the Baby Bronco, a nameplate that's very unlikely to stick, will also sport the Escape's engine options. There's the base 1.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost good for 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque and the optional 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four with 250 hp and 275 lb-ft.
It's also possible the smaller Bronco will share the Escape Hybrid's 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle inline-four backed by a pair of electric motors for a total of 209 hp. Meanwhile, the full-size Bronco could possibly come powered by the 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 EcoBoost. Also like the Escape, the Baby Bronco will certainly have optional all-wheel drive but we wouldn't be surprised if this were to come standard.