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The New Ford Bronco Will Debut July 13. Here’s Everything You Need to Know

June 22, 2020 Cars By
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A little more than three years ago, Ford excited everyone by announcing a new Bronco for 2020. After a protracted development process, we have seen leaked photos, speculative renderings and odd-looking test mules cruising around Detroit. But 2020 has long since arrived, and Ford…is still not commenting on upcoming vehicles.

Here, then, are the big outstanding questions about the new Ford Bronco — and what we know about the answers.

When will the new Bronco launch?

We finally know: July 13th, 2020.

Wait, wasn’t it July 9th a few days ago?

Yup. While past reporting had set the Bronco reveal for March 2020, with the smaller, crossover-based Bronco vehicle arriving at the New York Auto Show in April, the coronavirus pandemic set those plans back. Ford first announced on its official Bronco site that the new SUV will make its debut sometime in July, then revealed on its official Instagram that the formal arrival would be on July 9th.

But almost immediately, many in the media picked up on an unexpected synchronicity: that date also happens to be the birthday of O.J. Simpson, who…well, you remember. After the family of Nicole Brown Simpson and members of the United Auto Workers brought up their problems with the date, Ford moved the reveal to July 13th.

How many Broncos will there be?

We should see three versions of the Bronco, to start. Expect off-roading two-door and four-door Broncos based on the Ranger’s truck platform. A smaller, unibody-platform “Baby Bronco” is coming too. Many names have been discussed, but Bronco Sport seems to be the front-runner. Reports suggest a Bronco pickup may emerge later during the Bronco’s life-cycle.

What will the Bronco look like?

Expect the new Bronco to be boxier and more traditional looking than the new 2020 Land Rover Defender. This Bronco R race truck from the Baja 1000 is the best preview we’ve gotten so far.

What engines will the Bronco have?

That’s still in the educated-guess stage. A Canadian Tire parts lookup tool listed the Bronco as having Ford’s 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which is used in the Ranger, Mustang and elsewhere. That would be a natural fit for a base engine.

The original Bronco offered a V8; not offering one again would disappoint some, but the twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 from the F-150 might be a better fit for the larger engine.

Ford president Jim Hackett also noted the Bronco would offer a hybrid powertrain at a shareholders’ meeting. Ford could potentially even use the 3.0-liter V6 hybrid system from the Lincoln Aviator.

Will the new Bronco get a manual transmission?

That seems likely. A Jalopnik report from 2018 says Ford has picked transmission supplier Getrag to produce a seven-speed manual bound for the Bronco — possibly one with a super-low “granny” gear for off-roading. Having that option would help build the Bronco’s cred as a legitimate Wrangler/Tacoma fighter.

Will the new Bronco’s roof and doors be removable?

They should be. Uncovered Ford patents suggest the new Bronco will be able to remove its top and doors like the Jeep Wrangler. Ford has patents for a removable hardtop system and a doorless side airbag system. There’s even a patent for removing the roll bar for complete open-air driving.

What are the new Bronco color options?

Not quite 50 shades of gray, but close. A recent leak listed the following color options for the new Bronco: Antimatter Blue Metallic, Cyber Orange Pearl, Fighter Jet Gray, Carbonized Gray Metallic, Oxford White, Race Red, Lucid Red Pearl, Area 51, Absolute Black and Iconic Silver Metallic. The one surprise may be the lack of a classic light blue option, as seen in these renderings.

How much will the new Bronco cost?

Ford does not comment on upcoming vehicles, but the expectation from Kelley Blue Book and others is that Ford will price the Bronco to rival the Jeep Wrangler. The two-door, truck-based Bronco should start around $30,000. The crossover should be a bit more expensive than the Ford Escape ($24,885).

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Tyler Duffy

Tyler Duffy is Gear Patrol's Motoring Staff Writer. He used to write about sports for The Big Lead and The Athletic. He has a black belt in toddler wrangling. He's based outside Detroit.

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