It's clearly a Ranger with a chopped bed and cap. There is nothing "final" about the body design at all. This is simply a mule for testing the underpinnings.Yuck ... I don't know about any of the mechanical aspects, but this body style looks horrible! It's a bubble egg and too small. Been thinking all along that Ford is going to mess up this come back
Agreed. Even the 2.3 should smoke all the Jeep engines.if it does indeed have an IFS... I'm buying another wrangler or maybe a gladiator. If it does have a solid axle, I'll be the first one at my dealership putting in an order.
i'm not too worried about looks or what engine/tranny it has in it honestly. There's not one Ford engine that would upset me in this thing.... I can see them sticking the 2.7 in a raptor-esque version of the bronco/ranger.
Optical illusion caused by the disproportionate negative space around the rear tire. I can only guess that they did some extra hacking away at the wheel well arch because they were also going to use this mule to test flex range of the rear suspension, and expected some interference because the track width doesn't match the Ranger parts.Is it just my old eyes or are the front tires bigger? ...
I find it hard to believe they haven't picked the general front suspension architecture for the Bronco yet. Having two types of suspension under one set of mules sounds like something else is going on to me: they are using this platform to test future suspension for both the Bronco and Ranger. Which makes sense, because they're supposed to share a chassis platform. Ranger would presumably continue on with IFS, and Bronco would get the solid. Because the next version of the Ranger will ride on the frame being developed for the Bronco, might as well make sure both sets of parts are going to work with one set of mules now....So I got a confirmation that there are quite a few different Bronco mules, and this one is primarily to test rear suspension. HOWEVER, my source also stated that they HAVE NOT yet finalized the front suspension. There are test mules with a solid front axle, and also with double front wishbone IFS. It is one of the last things that has not been fully decided yet for the production model. So basically... we’re going to have to wait to find out!