A V8-Powered, Manual, Lifted, Jeep-Slaying 2020 Ford Bronco?

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If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. But, let’s not give up on the upcoming Bronco just yet.

The “suits” at Dearborn have a bit of a balancing act on their hands. But, unlike most of us regular folks, their balancing act involves betting billions of dollars on new projects, with the hopes that they’ll please consumers, shareholders, and with today’s political climate — the White House.

So, what does that mean for the upcoming Bronco? It means that even the most hardcore engineers and designers must subdue some of their primal instincts, and listen to the bean counters and higher-ups. It’s not all bad, really; cars nowadays are safer, more efficient — and in many ways — faster and cooler. Like I said, don’t give up on the new Bronco just yet.

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Motor

Could the 5.0L V8 engine make its way to the new Bronco? Absolutely. Why not? After all, the mighty Coyote ain’t dead, yet. The Blue Oval will surely offer several engine options in order to amplify the lineup, which will most likely feature the “normal” EcoBoost motors, as well as the 450-horsepower Raptor motor, and possibly the V8.

Suspension

Things once again trace back to the 2017 Raptor. With the vast knowledge Ford has gathered from the Raptor’s off-road development, it’d be silly if they didn’t share it with at least one trim of the upcoming Bronco. Look forward to similar 3.0-inch “Fox Racing Shox” with variable damping and internal bypass technology.

Transmission

This is where it gets a little tricky. Ford still offers manual transmissions in some commercial vehicles, but not in passenger trucks. To say that the manuals from the global Ford Ranger or other vehicle applications could find their way into the new Bronco is a long shot.

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Only Time Will Tell

Although several camouflaged Rangers have been spotted around the country, no Bronco sightings have been reported. That’s something that should change in 2018, as a prototype should be auto-show bound at some point next year.

In the end, we hope that at least one trim of the Bronco is ready to kick some Jeep Wrangler ass.

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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