This might annoy quite a few people.
Ask any Bronco fan on the streets what they know about the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco and chances are they’ll mouth off a list long enough to imply that the terrain-conquering SUV’s specs have already been released, gossiping schoolgirls that they are. However, closer examination will reveal that most of that is hot air, a culmination of rumors and speculations based off of the one fact we do know about the Bronco: that it’s actually going to be built.
However, a Ford engineer with loose lips has spoken to Gear Patrol about the Bronco’s powertrain, disclosing some of the machine’s hardware specs for the first time ever. According to the source, there will be a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine underneath the hood, the same as the one placed in the F-150 and Fusion sedan. In the Bronco it’ll make 325 horsepower, ample but derived from a source that’s likely to be reprimanded by hardcore enthusiasts hoping for more cubic inches of displacement. It’s important to take this news with a grain of salt as the last “leak” by a Ford engineer claimed the Bronco would be nothing more than a rebadged Ford Everest that's sold outside of the US.
That would effectively cheat enthusiasts out of a car they’ve been awaiting for a long time, kind of like how Mitsubishi revived the Eclipse and made it a crossover. Fortunately Ford seems to be doing no such thing, having undergone three design phases already (usually automakers only do one). “They just commissioned another design study, because they feel it looks too much like a Wrangler,” said the source. “If you’re familiar with the [Ford] Troller, out of Brazil, that’s the basic concept, but it’ll look like a four-door version of that.” Buyers hoping for a two-door version will be out of luck because “there’s just no market for it.”
The information GP extracted from the source indicates the Bronco will become Ford’s equivalent of the Jeep Wrangler. It was benchmarked against the Wrangler, shares a parts suppliers with it, has a removable top, off-road ability, and bears a slight resemblance to the Jeep even though it won't be a rock crawler. Its similarity to the Wrangler is not bad for Ford as it is one of Jeep’s top moneymakers, but the fact Ford seems so uncertain about the Bronco means it could be born into this world with a mixed identity. Hell, it could even come with a hybrid flavor according to the source, but at least they claimed the SUV will start in the $30,000 price range. Fingers crossed that Ford gets it right. We don’t want to say “no pressure” because, well, there is.