After being pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which eventually resulted in the cancellation of the New York International Auto Show, Ford today announced that the world premiere of the new Bronco is set for July.
While an exact date is not yet public, the chance of the timing being pushed back even further is slim since it will be a virtual reveal.
There’s still a lot to find out about the Bronco, but there are some concrete things we do know starting with where it will be made – Wayne, Michigan. The SUV will be built alongside the Ford Ranger so it’s reasonable to assume that they share many components.
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We also know that the Bronco size and styling will remain true to the original Bronco design, which was conceptualized by Ford’s first African-American designer McKinley Thompson Jr. Its boxy shape and upright posture are nearly swoon-worthy on their own.
AutomotiveMap has already heard the Bronco’s power plant in action, in person, while riding with the Ford team during the festivities surrounding the SCORE Baja 1000. Reporting indicates that the engine will be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission like what is found in many Ford vehicles including the F-150, and a seven-speed manual transmission will be available.
Various patents filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office reveal that some sort of removable top is likely on the Bronco. Will it be a targa? A soft top? Fully removable panels? Only time will tell.
Another thing is for sure. the Bronco will be capable. Ford has been testing the model in a variety of off-roading situations. It tested the power plant and other equipment during last year’s SCORE Baja 1000.
The Bronco isn’t the only model Ford is introducing this summer. The F-150 is slated to debut on June 25. The Bronco Sport, the SUV that has been dubbed the “Baby Bronco” is likely to be revealed shortly after the Bronco.
The “Baby Bronco” is a model that is slated to be built on the same platform as the Ford Escape. Recently, a leak revealed the Bronco Sport’s trim levels, engines, features, and packages. The SUV was also shown in a leaked photo earlier this year.