|I would like one of those.. especially the little diesel.
This is a worthy successor to the original Bronco.
I'd love to own one.
It's a cool idea, but yuk! Escape drivetrain, what happened to solid axles and a real low range transfer case. How about giving the Jeep Wrangler a run for its money.
That is pretty cool but i needs more nitrous and I hope that the trannys first gear is ridicuosly low.
Very cool...but it needs more refinement to look more retro (like the new Mustang shown at the NAAS).
Front wheel drive? I don't know about that...I would think that rear wheel is better (like the original) Move the rear tire outside...free up the cargo area, those are mighty big sneakers to be kept inside. The turbodeisel is very nice...other than that...Well done Ford!!
Having owned a few Early Broncos, I love the design...however I agree with the majority, this is not a Bronco! Where are the live axles, V-8, two-speed transfer case??? We don't need another grocery getter, we need something that can actually be used in real world offroad environments, aka Wrangler Rubicon, Land Rover Defender 90. If Ford can build this as a true offroad vehicle and gives us back the original Bronco, I will be the first in line to buy it! When are the auto manufacturers going to give people what they want, not what they think we need?
Not bad, I personally do not like the looks of it though. I would've liked to see it on the Superduty platform, or the new F-150 style image. Oh well, at least they are trying to revive it.
I'd look into buying one.
I agree with most everyone that we don't need another wimpy escape or explorer.Make it like a bronco should be made and put it on the 1/2 ton chassis.
This is the ugliest Bronco I have ever seen. It looks like that honda breadbox suv covered in armour. We need a big bronco that looks like a truck
I like it overall I think ford should redo there legandary 351 to put in it.
I'm thrilled that they're actually considering bringing back the legend! Having owned and loved a 76 and 78, I say it's about time. Like the retro styling, but really hope the weak diesel and 'intelligent' transfer case (or lack thereof) is just showing off gee-wiz stuff that wouldn't actually show up on a Bronco worthy of the original. If they're going to build it, they need to do it right...again, make it a modern version worthy of the name. Along with taking cues from the original 'Classic/Early' Bronco, they should take direct aim at the Jeep Wrangler, specifically the Rubicon.
My top wants would be solid axles front and rear (at least Dana 44, if not bigger in the rear), MANUAL transfer case and hubs (4:1 option would be great, too) and a V8 option (probably 4.6L...maybe they'll make a 3V version, a la the 5.4L), though I'd settle for a torquey V6 (i.e., NOT the current 4.0L). A diesel would be great but 128 HP / 244 ft/lbs torque doesn't cut it. I'd say 200 HP / 300 ft/lbs torque should be the numbers to shoot for (and hopefully exceed!).
We need to barrage Ford with the message to build it and build it right!
Ford Motor Company knows that more than half the people out there never looked under there bronco when they had one. Theres only one reason there bringing the bronco back. They have heard a lot of upset people for them cancelling the bronco they figured they could put something that looks like the old style on the escape chassis and make a greedy killing on people. I used be a diehard ford man but not anymore, my new Wrangler Rubicon will be in my driveway in a few days and my 2002 F150 will not
This is the right truck at the right time. I was so excited about the pictures I actually joined this site. The original Bronco was perfect, this one is perfection.
I'd buy one
something bother me with what 640 CI Aluminum FORD said 66
I think it should have the 4.5L PowerStroke that they are going to put in the F-150's and Expeditions. I like the idea of a 6 speed automatic, though. They need to put something like that in the F-150's and the Expeditions. Or even in the SuperDuty's.
I love the look. But They need to build it with some better off road power. Bring back the Bronco not some wimpy Escape with Bronco looks..
I love the design. I've been waiting for something that was less flash and more utility and this LOOKS like it, the question is whether Ford will a: make it and b: make it well. I can only echo the hopes of others regarding the drive-train. I also dislike all the computers and such that are in vehicles these days. Keep it simple, tough, usuable and fun.
this new car/retro trash has got to stop. and we especially dont need mini H@2/wrangler's tunning around town with a FWD drivetrain and tiny motor ruining the bronco name.
Well i have mixed feelings about it. First off u cant have the engine it has in it now. they should either bring back the 302/351 or put a triton v8 in it. that little disel doesnt have enough power in it. it needs the spare tire on the back and it needs to sit about 6 more inches off the ground. and one more thing, GET RID OF THE NOS!!!!! i feel its a slap in the face to american car owners. only little rice burners that cant produce the power that engines twice the size of them can
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Our college age daughter has wanted a '68-'72 Ford Bronco for 5 yrs. We have followed her from place to place dragging our feet about having an older Bronco on the interstate. She was probably the 1st to see the Bronco concept & made sure we were the 2nd. Bring it on! It's similar in size/shape to her old idol & with airbags too! If you need a beautiful 20yr old student to model it around campus I've got just the girl for you.
Can't wait for its debut.
I like it. If you look at what happened with the '05 mustang and it's concept, the production version was more refined and toned down from the concept. I'd expect the same here. As for the drivetrain, FWD is a BIG mistake. RWD or 4WD/AWD is the way to go.
If I were the one calling the shots on it I'd do the following: D44 sized axles front and rear, real lever operated T-case with 4:1 low and a viscious center diff (lockable) that would allow full time 4WD. 6sp manual or auto (Ok, even a 5sp manual / auto would be good) disks all around with optional ABS.
For the engine, I kinda like the idea of a 4cyl turbo oil burner. Keep the weight low and make it run 0-60 in less then 9 sec and make it knock down 25+mpg real world average and I thing life would be good. A gas V8 would be good too, I'd say the 3.9L from the lincoln would fit the bill, but they have to keep the weight down.
They need to keep it simple. It doesn't need automatic climate control or reverse sensors or drive by wire active stability yaw control this and that. Live axles, manual trans, manual transfer case, and (ok I will take hi-tech here) E-Lockers front and rear. If you want more high tech then that, get the optional automatic. Price it under 25K and call it a day. I'd buy one.
I agree with everyone who thinks this should be a powerhouse. No 4 cylinder makes me think wow thats a Bronco. I dont care if its a turbo or not. It should have a ford V8 something with a little muscle. They dont evn have to go crazy just put something that says Ford truck. Even my Ranger has a V6 and that would be acceptable to me. I just would like to see a little more FOrd tradition in it. Also, I couldnt tell if the Back comes off or not. If not thats has to occur, or once again you do not have a Bronco. You have the Escapes little sister. Thats not the Bronco of Old. I would not buy it as it stands.
By duke ranger
Please donít take the name off of a legend, and place it on another soccer momís suv. A Bronco should be "full Grown" this truck needs 2 more years of watering and direct sunlight before it can earn the name Bronco. It looks good and has a good throw back appearance but even the early Bronco's had true grit. Reserve the name for a worthy vehicle
Nice rig but: Escape drine train? That in it self turns me off.
common! what is that..... you ppl call that a Bronco. I laugh at that. You want a Bronco i'll show you all a Bronco. Im in the process or rebuilding a 1967 Bronco. Id rather rock a rusted Steel Beast than that pice or plastic and fiberglass, **laughs** Make it more original and mabe this 19 yr old will think about buying one... untill then.... THE 1967 BEAST AWAITS!
OMG! Your kidding right? That's a Honda with the name Ford on it! I've owned Bronco's since 88. Were's the V8, big size, rear wheel drive dana 4x4 truck? The interior sux. And that interior...Who wants to crank up the windows by hand anymore? The dash looks like crap. Why waste the interior space on those big tires, put them back outside guys. I'm willing to bet that it will cost a small fotune to own this new wonder also, LOL! I guess that all the engineers at all the auto manufactures have run out of talent and have to resort to retro styling. Please, do something original, stop the retro crap, this is 2004, not the 60s and 70s.
Merciful Zeus! This is nothing more than an atempt by Ford to cash in on the retro trend that's sweeping the nation. If Ford wants to bring the Bronco back, I am all for it. But not this way. I was brought up on Broncos by my father. I now know what the sound is I've been hearing lately. My father spinning in his grave because of this disgrace to the name
It cool no doubt!
I would take a early bronco over it any day if given a choice
Its too geared toward the city Suv business men and maybe women off road want to bees Not practical enoung for everday off road use. Ps Very bad Choice of colour.What were you thinking BMW user?????????????????????Audi As like the guy in the above comment i was brought up on my Grandfathers 1975 For Bronco (you guessed it Orange).Hes Wouldnt appriecate this rig.
the new look is awesome! if ford puts that little diesel engine in a ford legend it would ruin it.i once had a 92 full size bronco with a 351 in it,it was one bad truck.bring back the 351!make it a little higher off the ground and make its 4-whell drive capabilities surpass its past abilites.Andy Stuart
Long time lover of Fords.
What a peice of crap. Its ugly, the engine sounds like it sucks, the transmission sounds stupid. Get rid of the nitrous. that's for retards in their ricegrinders. Having a 95 Bronco in our house, I have to say this thing sounds like nothing more than a cheesy escape with a crappy driveline. Bring back the 351, the solid front and rear axles, and the RWD with selectable 4H, 4L. I really like the 95 bronco and when it quits we are going to find another one. I am not going to buy that softie peice of crap. I'll stay with Jeeps unless ford changes their lineup and starts making real SUVs and Trucks again.
I love the way this new Bronco looks Ford did great with that. This drive train and building it off the Escape. No one wants that. I would want something with solid forn and rear axles (prefer Dana 44 front and rear at least) and rear wheel drive. A solid frame under it not unibody crap. With a good transfercase with high and low not automatic crap.
We need a Bronco we can take off road and have it work.
Not something that looks perty in the drive way.
Anyway, if Ford gets all that taken care off, i'll be first inline to get one.
By Cheshire Cat
no, no, no. diesel? nos? FWD?? this is not worthy of the name Bronco. this is simply a rice burner in a metal box with the name of a Legend printed on what seems to be a grill. If Ford can't come up with a concept worthy to wear the name and prestige of the Bronco, then they should start from scratch until the design and drive-train are worth it.
ok. This is the first time I've seen this concept... and I have to say I hope the guys (and gals) at Ford are reading these comments. We all want to see the Bronco come back. But please... not like this. The looks are definitely a good start, but it should be distanced FAR FAR fron anything related to the Escape. While that is a great little SUV... it's nothing close to what we (the target customers) want in our garage. We, as current and former owners of Early and Big Broncos, want a big, Ford Tough, off-raod capable TRUCK. I'm so glad to see that they are keeping the removable roof (BTW, how about a factory-option soft top system?). I'm glad to see that they squared off the lines, and kept the looks more in line with the Early Broncos. I didn't get to see one at the Dallas Auto Show this year, but if it's anything close to the size of an Escape... let's just say "supersize it". Tire out back. v8. real transfer case. The new F-150 has all these things (other than the tire, obviously), why should the Bronco do without? Take these looks, move it up to the F-150 platform and everyone is happy. Ford sells lots more trucks. get it? :-)
Why are so many people obsessed with having a V8 and RWD in the new bronco? The fact that it's normally FWD shouldn't matter at all. When you're not off road, what does it matter if your front wheels or rear wheels are driving you? Around town and on highways, FWD means better fuel economy (lots of lost energy when you have to transfer power all along the chassis through a heavy driveshaft and then through a rear differential). When you want to go offroad, you'll still have all four wheels powering you. I would have to agree that solid front and rear axles would be nice, though that would probably hurt fuel economy a bit. Also, I agree that a MANUAL transfer case is the way to go. (maybe electronically actuated, but I don't want a computer telling me when it thinks I need 4WD engaged) It would be nice if they included a super-low range 4WD system with front and rear lockers as well. I think the diesel engine is an excellent choice, though one that outputs more torque might be a better choice (maybe an inline 6 diesel). A diesel will likely get excellent fuel economy and still provide a generous amount of torque. Most Truck/SUV buyers want tons of power and as a result you get poor fuel economy. Most truck/SUV buyers NEVER take their vehicles off road, and thus a big v8 and primarily RWD drivetrain is wasteful. I would love to have a daily driver that gets excellent fuel economy around town, yet on the weekend will handle the most extreme off-road trails. The new Bronco seems like it will accomplish exactly that! No need to "supersize it" if it is the same as the original Bronco. I will be sure to buy one, though if it turns out to be some weak and cheap-feeling toy (Escape) I'll look for something else. I love the new F-150, but my only reason for not getting one was the fuel economy. I'd rather drive an econobox during the week, then have a '70 Bronco as a weekend toy!
Put a real ladder frame under that thing, an NV4500 tranny and NVG241 t-case (like the Rubicon Jeep), a High Pinion Dana 44 solid axle front w/ part time manual hubs and coils/radius arms/track bar suspension, a Dana 60 full floater out back on leaf springs (or maybe 4 links and coils), low gears and some kind of lockers in both axles, and I will be wanting one. If they're gonna make this thing nothin but a poser (which it appears that's exactly what they're doing), you won't see me driving one. This comming from someone who KNOWS what real Broncos are about: have owned a '69 Bronco for the past 15 years and love it! DONT CHEAPEN THE NAME OF THE BRONCO BY PUTTING IT ON SOME CRAPPY POOR EXCUSE FOR A 4X4!!
if their gonna bring back the bronco, they should at least make it look somthing like the mid-1990's broncos. and ford should put a real frame, engine, axel etc. in it. their ruining it by making it look like a junk honda and putting an escape chassis in it
This thing is a joke... what on earth are they thinking? Take this thing, rip out the horrid 2L diesel engine, drop in the powerstroke, put a real frame under it, transmission and transfer case that makes sense and that we can mod... I wonder how many yuppies will own this one since that is obviously where their target market is. Guess it will look good in a driveway or in front of a grocery store or a highschool parking lot.
bassic, wth is wrong with you. for us real offroaders out there, we want a genuine vehicle. not a wussy vehicle. when you buy a bronco, you dont buy a bronco to get your groceries. you buy a bronco to have the baddest son of a gun off road beast you can buy. go buy a honda crv or escape but let us have what we want. i dont need someone telling me what i should be driving cause you think its wasteful having rear wheel drive and a v8. these days there are plenty of crappy little wannabe suvs and trucks out there, we dont need another one. if i wanted a crappy suv with a car unibody i would go buy one but i dont . its a fact that solid axles, big tires, tough tranny, real 4wd = real bronco tough. why do you think they steered away from the crap ass independent front suspension on the super dutys and threw a dana 50 up front? wake up man, and wake up ford, if theyd just build what customers want and not what they think we need, wed be happy, and theyd be making money.
I have always loved the body of the first Broncos so this body stlying is a nice compliment to the Bronco. I do share the same sceptisism of others about the drivetrain. I just want to know how I will be able to turn 39.5 boggers as I do on by 84' with only 128 horsepower.
To Ford some suggestions for marketing:
Make the axels solid. Maybe some planetary hubbed or portal IFS. Add a true part time T-case or a tailshaft system that has the same bolt pattern as a 205...catch my drift? The powerplant is efficient and sufficient, im sure us pros can drop whatever engine we want in there otherwise. Oh Yea...fix that ugly grill! BTW, EVERY vehicle is going to be wussy stock. Youll never fully satisfy us. Yes I know you have to sell them to everyone, not just us. The trick is to manufacture an easily MODIFIABLE vehicle to make it truly popular. Thats why everything from 66 - 96 was such a winner; particularly 66-79.
To everyone else:
Going FWD was not a fuel economy reason necessarily unless its for a tiny car, its more a cost factor. And Yes, it sucks in more ways than most people realize.
Everyone wants it bigger and I dont understand this exactly, there are plenty of advantages of the small off road vehicle...you go ahead and plow into things and get stuck, ill fit between em.
I dont care what you make, Ford, Ill just turn it into whatever I want to drive. And lets all stop asking car companies to make fuel inefficient vehicles. Were the only ones who will be screwed from this. Do you want some soccer mom wasting YOUR gas when she normally wouldn't care about what she drives? Hell no! Just give her this "bronco" and let us build our toys.
I like the idea of a small turbo diesel, I'm tired of 10 Miles/Gal. with my 351. I don't know why some of you are whining about needing a V8 and solid axels. If you want that I'm sure Ford can sell you something that has that. It does however worry me that now we rely totally on some electronic brain to deside when we need 4WD, that should always remain a manual operation, I guess Ford is trying to attract that class of people who actually have the money to buy these new Broncos as an extra toy, and who will just pay for the repairs when all those sensors start going bad. The styling I find alright, but it does look a bit like a goonie-googoo mobil. I hope that in the future turbo diesels will be put to use in more rugged vehicles as it is my opinion that an escape chasis is good for momma when she goes to get groceries.
Im jsut waiting until Ford finaly realizes that they need to bring back the Bronco. Ford has hit the nail on the head with the mustang, and now its time for the bronco to come back to life.