The upcoming release of the 2020 Ford Bronco has us all on the edge of our seats. There’s so much about this new car that has been kept tightly under wraps that the intrigue only continues to build.
With so much hype surrounding the worldwide reveal of the new Bronco, there is much speculation about the aesthetics and performance as well as the features that will be offered. There have been very few sightings of test models and, for the most part, Ford has been tight-lipped about most of the aspects of this upcoming vehicle.
A few tidbits of information have leaked, and we’re tracking them to see which, if any, are confirmed by Ford in advance of the vehicle’s release. The suspense and anticipation tells us all we need to know about the 2020 Ford Bronco – it’s sure to be a huge hit! Let’s take a look at 20 surprising facts about the new Ford Bronco.
20 Released In Spring Of 2020
The anticipation is definitely building, but let’s not forget that you won’t be able to test drive the stunning new 2020 Ford Bronco anytime soon. The entire winter season will pass without any sightings of this car, and much of the spring season may as well too. The official release date has not been confirmed but late spring is a fair estimate.
19 It’s Turbocharged
It has to be, right? The 2020 Ford Bronco will very likely be turbocharged. Motor1 predicts that Ford will drop an EcoBoost engine under the hood. This is based on a reported leak from Canadian Tire in which they specified that a 2.3-liter Ecoboost unit would be featured.
18 Might Have A 7-Speed Transmission
One of the many areas of speculation lies in whether or not Ford will feature a 7-speed gearbox in the new 2020 Bronco, and by all indications, it seems this will be the case. Numerous outlets have reported on this feature being an option, although all are careful to say this is their assumption based on an unspecified leaked source.
17 Possibly Features Removable Doors
By all accounts, Ford is designing the new Bronco to directly compete with the Jeep Wrangler. One of the most enticing features on this awesome new vehicle are the completely removable doors.
Road and Track reports that the doors can be stored in the trunk, and that the mirrors will be “mounted to the A-pillars.”
16 Removable Top
This is undeniably cool and we can’t think of a better reason to own the new Bronco than to be able to take the top off entirely to take in the sunlight. Apparently, there were some patents that Ford released to Bronco6G, which indicate the possibility of a mesh piece that could potentially replace the removable hardtop.
15 Cutting Edge Technology
Anyone driving an older model Bronco is sure to be lacking modern-day technology, but with a swift upgrade to the 2020 model, this will no longer be the case. The 2020 Ford Bronco will feature the most cutting edge software for enhanced compatibility with smart phones, as well as intelligent communication about the status of the vehicle’s internal system.
14 New Off-Road Navigation
One of the coolest features we’re anticipating are the Bronco’s off-road navigation features. Hagerty described this best when they used the analogy of the car leaving itself “digital breadcrumbs” so that the driver could re-trace their steps after an off-roading adventure experience.
If you’re looking for another reason to take this beast off-road, we just gave you one.
13 Keeping Relatively Vintage Design
Ford has kept the authenticity of the original Ford Bronco design. By keeping the new 2020 Bronco in-line with the original vintage design, they’re sure to drum up a lot more interest from enthusiasts.
The original Bronco has quite a fan base and the introduction of the new models still shares some original aesthetic flare, keeping it true to form and in high demand.
12 Designed To Rival the Jeep
There’s nothing like a healthy rivalry to push the limits of design and create incredible new concepts. Ford has made no secret of going head-to-head with the Jeep Wrangler by designing the 2020 Bronco with similar features. The removable doors were the first of many design-details that drew parallels to the Jeep.
11 There Will Be A 2-Door Version
The cat isn’t entirely out of the bag on this one, but Automotive News has confirmed that the 2-door version of the 2020 Bronco will likely be introduced. Reports show a dealer event in Palm Springs showcased this top-secret model, and they estimate it will have a more retro-design with rounded lights.
10 Will Share The Ranger Platform
Some of what we’ve learned about the new Bronco has been based on educated speculation, but here’s one thing we can tell you with absolute certainty: it will share the same platform as the new Ranger. Way back in 2017, the operations president at Ford had confirmed this fun fact to Road & Track, and we count on this to become a tangible reality.
9 Might Offer A Manual Transmission
For all the fans of the good ‘ol gear box, we’re excited to see if Jalopnik’s report comes to fruition. Last year, they reported that the 2020 Bronco would rival the Wrangler in every way, inclusive of ensuring the offering of a manual transmission for this rugged SUV. Car enthusiasts everywhere are excited at the opportunity to see the results of this prediction.
8 Massive 17-Inch Wheels
Given the fact that the new Bronco was designed to compete directly with the top off-roading vehicle made by Jeep, it’s no surprise that this car is decked out with massive 17-inch wheels and 33-inch off-road tires. These bad boys will easily maneuver through any terrain with total ease. They also happen to be aesthetically enticing.
7 Inspired A Possible Bronco-Based Pickup
The anticipated success of the 2020 Bronco is unbelievable. It has not been released, yet it’s already being credited as the inspiration for the Bronco-truck. According to Automobile magazine, Ford is expected to release an open-bed, pick-up truck version of the Bronco. The release date is speculated to be sometime in 2024.
6 Many Accessories Will Be Available
Top Speed raves about the numerous customizable features that come along with the new Bronco. They give credit to Ford for teaming up with aftermarket giant, Yakima, to present a wide array of aftermarket options. Complete customization packages will exist for the Bronco, which Top Speed predicts will be showcased at the 2019 SEMA show.
5 Many Patents Exist
Ford seems to know they’re sitting on a gold mine with the reveal of the 2020 Bronco. They’ve gone all-out with the patents for this vehicle, clearly indicating that they’re aware of the impact it will have on the market. Topspeed listed a collection of confirmed patent names, such as Bronco Outer Banks, Bronco Wildtrak, Badlands, Bronco Adrenaline, and Bronco Sport, just to name a few.
4 Bronco-Adrenaline Package
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding many of the newest features that will be uncovered with the release of the 2020 Ford Bronco. One of the most highly anticipated ones is the Bronco Adrenaline package that can be added as an upgraded option. We can only assume this earned its name through some seriously performance-based enhancements, and we can’t wait to learn about the full potential of what this package has to offer.
3 Pricing : $30k+
The production of these new Broncos will take place in Michigan and will follow the trend we have outlined by continuing to create parallel competition with the Wrangler. Motor1 has pegged the starting price of these cars as being somewhere near the mid $30,000 range. Launching the 2020 Bronco with a competitive price point is likely to further increase sales.
2 Baby Bronco News
The fun has just begun with the 2020 Bronco. Kelley Blue Book hints at the Baby Bronco’s upcoming release. It’s reported to be more of a crossover SUV, with a body-type that's more rounded and aligned with competing crossovers in today’s market. Rounded LED headlamps and a boxy profile with “Ford” embossed on the front grille, are all rumoured features we look forward to with anticipation.
1 The Hybrid Is Confirmed
While much of what we’re sharing is based on our expectations and hopes that leaked information materializes, this is something we can tell you with absolute certainty – Car and Driver reported in May of this year that Ford confirmed the release of a Hybrid Bronco. In fact, there are also plans for hybrid versions of the Escape, Explorer, and EV Crossovers as well.
Sources: Motor 1, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Kelley’s Blue Book, TopSpeed