The removable top and doors does make it highly plausible that they're targeting the Wrangler, but like you've said about the suspension, if the driveline hardware doesn't compete with the Wrangler as well, then I would have to wonder if they're just aiming to make the Bronco a "lifestyle" competitor. All show and no off road substance, competing for the mall crawler segment of the market?...
The removable doors is a big bonus I wasn't expecting. That to me really shows they are going for a true off-road focused Bronco and taking on Jeep seriously.
The small truck coming along with it is interesting and I think a good idea. Though I don't really get how they are putting the baby Bronco and this truck in an actual "off-road" package with it being a unibody, but sure why not. I see this small truck being a new updated Courier. If they can make it with some off-road features then even better....
My only concern I have now is the front end suspension...
I would have to wonder if they're just aiming to make the Bronco a "lifestyle" competitor. All show and no off road substance, competing for the mall crawler segment of the market?
Ford hasn't built any vehicles, including Falcons, in Australia since Oct 2016.For example, while the Falcon ute might have had a solid axle in previous generations, current ones are fully independent. Fine for toting small cargo loads around on city streets, but hardly an off road vehicle by most standards.
They did stop building Falcons. That hasn't stopped them from selling vehicles down under though -- they're just built in Thailand / Malaysia / whatever. The development team in Australia has/does play a big part in Ranger design also.Ford hasn't built any vehicles, including Falcons, in Australia since Oct 2016.
Whether it has IFS or SFA, it'll do great offroad. 4Runners, Tacos and FJs are very popular offroad and do extremely well right out of the box with IFS/SRA combo and you guys seem to forget that. The wrangler with its SFA is practically a single purpose vehicle. It does great over massive axle crossing obstacles but driving it from the driveway to those obstacles is a chore. Im not sure why everyone is quick to writing off the Bronco if it has IFS. The Raptor is awesome with its IFS. Bronco will be the fun and rugged 4x4 for those who want a better quality built rig than what Fiat offers. There's plenty of Ford fans that don't want a Jeep or Toyota but they want their offroadability coming out of the blue ovals plant. As long as it has a solid rear axle, it'll be great.
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