Any child of the 70’s or 80’s should remember the iconic Ford Bronco. Originally put into production in 1966, this iconic SUV had a total of five generations, ending production in 1996. Since then Ford lovers have been pining for a new version of the Bronco with no help in sight from Ford.
The new look harkens back to the original design with an updated body and components that you’d expect in a new SUV, but the heart of the original Bronco is still there.
History of the Ford Bronco
As we said above, the first Ford Bronco was released in the 1966 model year and was built until 1996. The 2-door SUV had five generations with the early models running from 1966 to 1977 and the full-sized models starting in 1978 and running until production stopped in 1996.
The original Bronco was released to compete with the Jeep CJ5-5 and the International Scout, and was built on a brand-new platform. These continued until the redesign for 1978, where the Bronco started sharing a frame with the F-Series trucks, albeit with a shortened frame.
Arguably one of the greatest 4x4 SUVs of all time, the Bronco was used from your everyday driver to US Border Patrol, showing that it truly was an amazing SUV. Sadly, for the past 20 or so years we’ve been without a new Bronco but hopefully that’s about to change.
2016 Ford Bronco Specs
The all-new 2016 Ford Bronco will be built on the F-150’s platform and will most likely feature the engines available for the F-150 as well. This means you should expect to see the 2.7L Ecoboost that has 325 HP, the 3.5L Ecoboost with 365 HP, and the 5.0L V-8 that has 286 HP and 387 lb-ft of torque.
The suspension will most likely be borrowed from the F-150 platform as well with a lean towards the upgraded parts from the SVT Raptor. While Ford shouldn’t build a clone of the Raptor in SUV form, it’s still the home to great tried and tested hardware, so it’d be silly to avoid them just because they were already used.
When Can We Get It?
There’s no release date or pricing information for the 2016 Bronco and while there’s a pretty strong chance this will be announced, it’s still up in the air if the new Bronco will stay a dream or if after 20 years we’ll finally get our hands on this king of the 4x4s.