The 2019 Ford Ranger has just been spied for the first time right in Ford’s backyard on the streets of Dearborn, a big first step towards the repatriation of the midsize pickup truck and along with it, the revival of the Ford Bronco nameplate.
Watch out Jeep Wrangler, the 2021 Ford Bronco will feature sold axles! Supplier Dana has revealed (via Automotive News) that it’s working on the driveline for the new Ford Bronco and that both the Bronco (and Ranger) will have “front and rear axles featuring our latest AdvanTEK gear technology.” That means solid axle for both front and rear!
Dana also makes the solid axles for the Jeep Wrangler, and here’s the kicker — the Bronco’s solid axles will also be made in the same new plant in Toledo, Ohio that will begin making axles for the next generation Wrangler (JL) later this year.
This news just made our wait for the true off-road capable new Ford Bronco that much harder!
The auto industry has been abuzz over the Ford Bronco return ever since it was officially announced at the 2017 NAIAS and little morsels of information continue to be given in interviews with Ford higher ups.
Autoline caught up with Ford Chief Technical Officer Raj Nair at the auto show who spoke about Ford’s upcoming Bronco and Ranger vehicles.
We just received breaking info from a tipster that the 2020 / 2021 Ford Bronco will feature a removable “Air Roof” with either four or six modular roof panels that can be taken off and stored in the vehicle, in line with concurrent info provided by well-placed insiders reported today.
In the face of recent rumors from an alleged Ford designer that the 2020 / 2021 Bronco would be a “facelifted” Ford Everest, Raj Nair told members of the press at the 2017 North America International Auto Show that the Bronco will be more than a re-badged Everest. This combined with another report published today should please Ford Bronco hopefuls that the next iteration of the Bronco will live up to its iconic nameplate.
Following Ford’s confirmation yesterday that the Ford Bronco will be built in 2020, executive chairman Bill Ford told a group of media including Bronco6G, that the 2020/2021 Ford Bronco will offer a true body on frame construction (Note: F-150 Frame Pictured Above).
After years of rumor and strong hints of the Ford Bronco in the UAW Agreement and statements from UAW Chairman, Ford has just now officially confirmed that it is bringing back the Ford Bronco in 2020!!
This new report claims that Ford Australia (Asia-Pacic Development Center) is leading the development of the all new Ford Bronco, alongside the next-generation Ranger with which it will share a platform and mechanical underpinnings.
This isn’t very surprising considering Ford Australia is the global development center for Ford’s global T6 light truck platform, which will debut under the all new Ranger and Bronco.
According to the report there are already early engineering prototypes of the next gen Ranger, as well as early mules for the new Bronco. Both models will be based on a reworked version of the current Ranger/Everest T6 platform.
Bill Johnson, chairman of UAW Local 900 just provided the first direct confirmation that Ford Motor Company will in fact be reviving the Ford Bronco and it will be produced at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.
To date, all information about a next-generation Ford Bronco revival have been a collection of balled up rumors, conjecture, unnamed sources and even outright hoaxes. Until now.