New Ford Bronco May Have Solid Axles. Or Not
Speculation Surfaces that the New Ford Bronco Might Have Solid Front and Rear Axles. But is it Too Good to Be True?
As details continue to emerge regarding the forthcoming new Ford Bronco, we’re beginning to get a better idea of what to expect. One of the most interesting tidbits came from Ford Executive Vice President Raj Nair, who confirmed that the 2020 Bronco would focus on “off-road capability.” So it comes as no surprise that they would consider the use of solid front and rear axles, a la the Jeep Wrangler.
And that’s exactly what a recent Automotive News column claims will happen. The idea comes from axle manufacturer Dana’s recent investor presentation, where the company confirmed that it will produce the drivelines for the 2019 Ranger and 2020 Bronco. In that presentation, Dana said that both would feature “front and rear axles featuring our latest AdvanTEK gear technology.”
The Jeep Wrangler already uses solid front and rear Dana axles with similar technology. Thus, this bit of information would lead you to believe that the Bronco and Ranger will also employ solid axles. But things are rarely that simple. Beginning with the fact that Dana produces both solid front axles and independent front suspensions that utilize AdvanTEK gearing. And Dana classifies both as “axles” on their web site.
For the record, Ford would neither confirm or deny these allegations. A spokesperson for the automaker told Automotive News: “It will meet the needs of our most demanding off-road enthusiasts. We will have more information to share about Bronco’s suspension closer to launch.”
Since Ford killed the Bronco, the Wrangler has enjoyed tremendous success as a niche off roader. Jeep grew a huge enthusiast base by producing a vehicle that is capable and simple. And if Ford truly is serious about renewing the rivalry that began way back in 1965, perhaps we’ll see solid axles in the new Bronco after all. Just don’t hold your breath.