Ford’s historic and iconic Bronco nameplate is coming back, and it’s getting developed here in Australia alongside a new Ranger ute (due in 2019). Details are scant so far, and we aren’t even sure if it’s coming to Australia. But it is coming back to the USA at least.
If we put on our rose-coloured glasses, the Bronco will be a good looking, capable and fun lifestyle-oriented 4WD, with genuine off-road prowess and retro-cool appeal. We’d wager it’s going to take a leaf out of Toyota’s book and do something similar to the old-school-cool Prado-based FJ Cruiser.
There is also talk of the Bronco sporting front and rear live axles. While we’d love to pull wool over our own eyes and believe this, we simply cannot until it is officially confirmed. Considering the Bronco is being developed alongside a new Ford Ranger, adding old-tech live-axle complexities to the development of an IFS vehicle just doesn’t make sense.