BUZZ KILL! About Those Latest Ford Bronco Renderings…
Last week the Ford world was set ablaze with renderings of the 2020 Ford Bronco that appeared on a forum. While we all can agree that the renderings look pretty darn good, there are a few things that we need to keep in mind about these teasers. Yes, you’re going to want to call me Buzz Killington.
First off, you need to remember that these renders were made by fans of the Ford Bronco, and not straight from Ford themselves. While these renderings do look amazing, and definitely carry a lot of Ford’s current design elements with them, nobody from within Ford Motor Company had anything to do with these renderings.
Secondly, there are a few things about the renderings that wouldn’t make the final version. Starting up from, the factory-installed winch would no way make the final cut. Winches are heavy, and when you’re Ford you do care about fuel economy numbers. The extra weight up front from a winch would hurt that number. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t add one with the aftermarket, but it’s just not happening from the company themselves.
Next, I simply don’t see Ford making a 2-door version of the Bronco. Sales of vehicles with less than 4 doors have diminished significantly in the past few years, especially in the United States. That’s why we don’t get a 2-door version of the Ford Fiesta or the Focus. Four doors are simply more practical than two.
The big question for me is the front end. Specifically, the grille and the headlights. They do have a nice retro touch, and definitely aren’t beyond the realm of possibility when it comes to design. But, would the Bronco deviate from the current F-150 and Super Duty front-end? A lot of that comes down to what the new Ranger will look like, and how that design plays into the overall design of Ford’s other smaller offerings.
Remember folks, all of this Bronco talk is dependent on the new Ranger. The Bronco is going to be a mid-size SUV, and not a full-size offering. It’ll be built alongside the Ranger, and share a lot of the same components.
But that’s good news. If the goal of the Bronco is to be a Wrangler competitor, then it’ll have some serious off-road chops. That means that the Ranger will also have an off-road variant designed to go after the Tacoma TRD pro and the Colorado Trail Boss. It means Ford will enter an already competitive arena with guns blazing.
Which is exactly what we’d expect from a company with the size and influence of Ford. When they decide to re-enter this segment again, it’s going to be whole-hog, all-in. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be worth their time or money. So, we have that to look forward to.
We’ll share with you more news and details as we get closer to the inevitable reveal of the new Ford Ranger and new Ford Bronco.
In the meantime, let us know what you think in the comments below, or over in our forums!