Ford is assumed to be offering a four-door version of the new Bronco, but there has also been some speculation as to whether or not it will also be available as a two-door model that would compete directly with the two-door version of Jeep's popular Wrangler. At a dealer event, Ford showed off a prototype of a two-door Bronco, lending credence to rumor that the new Bronco will indeed be available in two and four configurations. The design of the vehicle is said to be more retro, keeping in line with past Broncos, as a nod to the nostalgia of the brand.
Will the 2020 Ford Bronco Have a Removable Top?
Another big appeal of the Wrangler is that its doors and roof are removable, allowing for the ultimate in off-road sensory overload. The same is being said about the new Bronco, and its hardtop roof is expected to be detachable, and the doors can be stored in the trunk when not in use. Apparently, the side view mirrors will be attached to the vehicle itself, so even with the doors off, that functionality won't be lost. Patents submitted by Ford indicated that once that hardtop roof has been removed, it can be replaced by a roll-out mesh roof, which would block out sunlight but still allow plenty of airflow into the interior of the vehicle.
How will the Bronco Fit into the Ford Lineup?
Will the Bronco be based on a fellow member of the Ford family? Only time will tell for sure, but there is some speculation that the 2020 Ford Bronco will share the same underpinnings as the new Ford Ranger pickup, which returned to the lineup in 2019. The return of the Ranger was announced at the same time as the Bronco's rebirth. Related to its kinship with the Ranger, the Bronco may also get a bed in the future as well, but not at the 2020 launch time. Ford seems focused on competing with Jeep, and this new pickup version of the Bronco, tentatively expected for 2024, is expected to go head to head with the Jeep Gladiator.
In its continued competition with Jeep, Ford is also rumored to be designing a small-scale version of the Bronco, based on the front-wheel drive Focus. Such a design was apparently previewed during a ford dealer event in Las Vegas. If this rumor pans out, this will pit the smaller Bronco up against Jeep's Renegade.
More Clues about the Ford Bronco
In a further cue to what the consumer model Bronco might look like, Ford recently released a racing truck dubbed the Bronco R, which reportedly takes its design direction from the street version.
While most of the design and engineering will be taking place in Australia, the manufacturing of the new Bronco will be at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. This is the same factory where the original Bronco was made in the 1960s.