2-Door Bronco Previewed to Dealers with Retro Styling, Removable Top and Doors

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Need someone in Detroit to get a better belly shot of those ugly Mules scooting around.
 

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Awesome - a slide show of recycled unofficial renderguesses, complete with synthetic voice repeating numerous previously known mundane details, rumors, and undocumented/unsubstantiated speculation.
Yeah, there's a lot of that, but I admit it feels good every time it gets retold. :)

I would also be curious about the source of the solid axle as I believe the video did mention that came from that dealer meeting and who knows what could have been shared there that just isn't official at this point. The closest I've heard about the front susp is a 4/2018 Motor Trend article apparently paraphrasing Jim Farley at Ford *hinting* that the Bronco would take on a "desert runner" approach as oppose to taking on the Wrangler "head on". Not sure really what that means at this point but the IFS seems to be relevant here. Here's the article:

https://www.motortrend.com/news/2020-ford-bronco-what-to-expect-reborn-off-roader/

As for the manual, this all falls back to that Jalopnik article from October. Interesting, and kinda wild research - digging through LinkedIn profiles. But I am hopeful - Ford has been more aggressive already than I thought they would be with the removable doors and roof. But we really have no idea at this point. Not gonna lie tho, I'm happy with either an IFS or solid axle - the manual is what would make it for me. I mean, a seven speed - aka a six speed with a 1-low? Shut-up and take my money, I didn't want it anyway.

https://jalopnik.com/the-2020-ford-bronco-could-get-a-7-speed-manual-transmi-1829563048?utm_medium=sharefromsite&utm_source=jalopnik_copy&utm_campaign=top
 
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Yeah, there's a lot of that, but I admit it feels good every time it gets retold. :)

I would also be curious about the source of the solid axle as I believe the video did mention that came from that dealer meeting and who knows what could have been shared there that just isn't official at this point. The closest I've heard about the front susp is a 4/2018 Motor Trend article apparently paraphrasing Jim Farley at Ford *hinting* that the Bronco would take on a "desert runner" approach as oppose to taking on the Wrangler "head on". Not sure really what that means at this point but the IFS seems to be relevant here. Here's the article:

https://www.motortrend.com/news/2020-ford-bronco-what-to-expect-reborn-off-roader/

As for the manual, this all falls back to that Jalopnik article from October. Interesting, and kinda wild research - digging through LinkedIn profiles. But I am hopeful - Ford has been more aggressive already than I thought they would be with the removable doors and roof. But we really have no idea at this point. Not gonna lie tho, I'm happy with either an IFS or solid axle - the manual is what would make it for me. I mean, a seven speed - aka a six speed with a 1-low? Shut-up and take my money, I didn't want it anyway.

https://jalopnik.com/the-2020-ford-bronco-could-get-a-7-speed-manual-transmi-1829563048?utm_medium=sharefromsite&utm_source=jalopnik_copy&utm_campaign=top
Right?!

You had me at 7 speed manual, now there’s going to be removable doors and a soft retractable roof.

I don’t/won’t care if they’re extra.

Me at the dealership:

“FUN OPTIONS!”
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The Motortrend article paraphrases Farley, not directly quoting him and turning it to their own interpretation. "With the Jeep Wrangler all but owning the rock-climbing scene, Ford head of global markets Jim Farley hinted that the Bronco would follow the Raptor's desert-runner path rather than taking Jeep head-on." I'm always suspicious of those who won't post their sources or give a direct quote; it generally means they either don't trust you with the truth, or in some way benefit from you swallowing their interpretation without question. We have an epidemic of lazy and incompetent media sourcing each other's incorrect (at best) information today, people should strive to ascertain facts.

Here is an actual quote from Farley, the one that I believe Motortrend is paraphrasing, from a Ford press conference on March 15, 2018:

"For Jeep, it’s all about rock crawling in Moab, but our premise is completely different," "We want to give people true off-road vehicles that are comfortable at higher speeds, on two-track trails and do well in deep sand on the beach. And they don’t want their SUVs to look like doomsday vehicles or have spartan, government-issued interiors."

https://autoweek.com/article/rumormill/ford-bronco-may-get-new-seven-speed-manual-report-says

Now, take from that what you will, but it doesn't mention desert-runners OR Raptors, images of which could conjoure up a radically different set of renderguesses that will be as inaccurate and uninformed as dozens of them already out there polluting the web. I agree the quoted statement does not lend any support to the solid axle argument, but it allows people to reach their own conclusions rather than place a particular image in your mind.

If there IS a quote from Farley that references desert-runners and Raptors in relation to the new Bronco, I'd love to see it and will happily concede the point.
 
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This one is could be a bit more applicable, although I'm not sure what to take from this caricature of the vehicle. It looks like they may have used the Troller for the drawing. That mirror seems rahter impractically placed (though, to be honest, thats where the side mirrors are on my side by side).

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This one is could be a bit more applicable, although I'm not sure what to take from this caricature of the vehicle. It looks like they may have used the Troller for the drawing. That mirror seems rahter impractically placed (though, to be honest, thats where the side mirrors are on my side by side).
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That looks EXACTLY like a troller, I wouldn’t put any stock into the looks of it from that picture. Just looks a bit too... weird.
 

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That looks EXACTLY like a troller, I wouldn’t put any stock into the looks of it from that picture. Just looks a bit too... weird.
For the purposes of patent application and review, the line drawing of the vehicle is of zero relevance.
 

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