Ford Off-Road Small Utility: Everything We Know
The 2020 Ford Bronco isn’t the only off-road-focused SUV coming from Ford. We take an in-depth look at the Blue Oval’s new mini-ute!
When you’re talking about something as massively important as the return of the Bronco, it’s easy to experience tunnel vision. Which is pretty much what happened to the entire automotive world when Ford finally gave us a teaser shot of the 2020 Bronco. Making matters worse, that very same press release also contained our first look at the hotly-anticipated return of the Mustang Shelby GT500. And then, tucked away in between, was this: a brand-new “Ford Off-Road Small Utility,” as they call it.
Outside of its existence, Ford didn’t tell us much about this yet-to-be-named off-road small utility. In fact, that’s all they told us. Though they were gracious enough to share a shadowy image of what it might look like. Armed with this tease, we decided to have our resident artist remove those shadows for us. The result is pictured above.
The original, shadowy image does give us a good look at the front end, which sports an aggressive, angry face. And we can clearly see the roof rack, designed to transport all the goods you need for a proper overlanding adventure. You can’t tell in the image, but we’re assuming the Ford Off-Road Small Utility will be a two-door, based on its short wheelbase.
It might be clearly overshadowed by the Bronco, but we’re admittedly pretty excited about this tiny off-roader. It looks poised to compete directly with the Jeep Renegade, which our friends over at JK-Forum seemed to genuinely enjoy. It’s unclear what sort of powertrain options the Ford Off-Road Small Utility will come with, but we’d imagine it’ll share at least one with the equally diminutive EcoSport. Most likely, its 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder, which produces 166 hp and 149 lb-ft of torque in that guise.
Ford hasn’t announced pricing yet, but we’re guessing the Bronco will likely carry a formidable price tag. So it’s smart for Ford to also offer a smaller, more affordable option. After all, off-roading is incredibly popular these days, and everyone should be afforded the opportunity to enjoy this growing hobby!