The Bronco should hold true to its heritage.
Hotly anticipated doesn't quite seem to cover the fervor surrounding the new Ford Bronco, and we don't have long to wait for the new model to debut. A while back, we heard a rumor about the Bronco being equipped with a seven-speed manual transmission, and thanks to some sneaky videos, we expect it to be pretty good off-road. Now, thanks to The Fast Lane, we can confirm that it will certainly have a six-speed with an additional crawl gear and that there will be a number of other off-road enhancements that befit a vehicle that has such a rich trailblazing history.
Based on the images revealed in the video, it appears that the Bronco will have independent front suspension, rather than a solid axle like the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator. However, those worried about the off-road chops of the Bronco will be happy to note that the Bronco appears to have sway bar disconnect abilities and Bilstein shocks with external reservoirs.
Front and rear differential locks also appear to be included, and the switches seem to be weatherproof. Another nice detail is that the pictures reveal physical knobs for climate control, something that will please those who don't like touching a dusty fingerprint-attracting touchscreen for every function.
We also see evidence of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that currently does duty in the Mustang and the Ranger. Interestingly, the Ranger can only be had with this motor if you have the 10-speed automatic, so it'll be interesting to see if a manual is indeed included with this engine option. Yet another detail that the leak has revealed is the apparent inclusion of a removable roof, although we only get a close-up of the latch. Still, the Bronco seems to be a compelling package.
The only concern is that these photos depict what is clearly a prototype model. Still, with the launch of the production version around the corner, it's unlikely that a test vehicle would still be running around with the wrong parts.