BREAKING: New Details On Next Ford Bronco

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Iconic Bronco is about to Make a Big Comeback. Reborn Ford Off-Roader will Be Ranger-Based and Instantly Recognizable

It feels as if it’s been an eternity, but the day has come. We finally finally —  FINALLY! — have official confirmation that the Ford Bronco is returning.

Ford broke the big news — and details about an upcoming Ranger for the North American market — at this week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Ranger will be similar to the truck that’s currently offered in foreign markets. But it will be updated to meet regulations and tastes in this part of the world. No word on specs at this point, but it’s not hard to imagine an EcoBoost of some sort finding its way under the hood. Expect the Americanized Ranger in 2019.

Hitting the market in 2020, the reborn Bronco will share its underpinnings with the Ranger. Fox News spoke with Raj Nair, E.V.P. of Product Development, about it. (Skip to the 2:22 mark in the video below.) Nair said its midsize truck roots will put it in the “sweet spot” in terms of the size customers wants. Its off-road capabilities, which “will be a real focus,” will make it a Bronco and a competitor to vehicles such as the Jeep Wrangler. That implies 4L, serious get-dirty hardware, a generous amount of ground clearance, substantial tires, and a suite of technologies. These include a form of hill ascent and/or descent speed control, a front-facing camera, and a shift-on-the-fly system to handle different types of terrain.

What final form will all of that take in the Bronco? It’s too soon to know for sure. However, Nair at least gave us all a hint, even though it’s on the murky side of vague. Regarding Bronco’s design, Nair said it’ll be instantly recognizable as a Bronco as well as a modern, brand-new vehicle. “It’s a big task for our designers to come up with that combination, but whether it’s F-Series or Mustang or even the Ford GT, we know how to do that pretty well. You’ll see something similar with the Bronco.”

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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