It’s official now. The legendary Ford Bronco will definitely make its comeback as a 2019 model. The news has recently been confirmed by the chairman of United Auto Workers. According to his words, the 2019 Ford Bronco will be built at the company’s Michigan Assembly plant. It appears that this SUV will benefit from the recent political pressure on Ford to bring production back to the States. Numerous Bronco fans have been waiting for its resurrection ever since the model got axed in 1996. However, there are several conflicting reports concerning the next-generation model.
2019 Bronco Features
It has recently been speculated that the all-new Bronco will share its underpinnings with the 2017 Raptor. Although an interesting theory, it’s not very likely to come to fruition. Since Ford intends to build the revived SUV alongside the new Ford Ranger, we expect it to borrow its body-on-frame platform. With the global Ranger pickup returning to the U.S. market, that seems like a viable scenario. As for the sheet metal design, the 2019 Ford Bronco could mimic the current Ford Everest SUV. Of course, it will sport a number of styling cues that link it to its famous predecessor.
Another possibility is the company’s decision to base the new Bronco on one of its other SUVs. That could very well be the Troller T4 which is Ford’s SUV aimed at the Brazilian market. This Ranger-based model could adopt a few retro touches that will make it more in line with the old Bronco. When it comes to the interior design, we’re still pretty much in the dark. However, the Bronco enthusiasts expect Ford to offer a uniquely styled cabin space. That means the upcoming Bronco will feature its own interior styling that differs from the rest of the lineup.
2019 Ford Bronco Engine Range
The 2019 Ford Bronco could borrow some of the engine choices from the current F-150. The base model might use the 2.7-liter V6 that gives 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. Another option includes the tried and tested 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 making 365 hp and 420 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic gearbox will likely transmit the power to either front or all four wheels. More detailed and reliable reports on the Bronco’s mechanical department have yet to surface.
Automotive web sites have been speculating about the Bronco’s comeback for years now. After two decades, the time has finally come for this great SUV to hit the U.S. streets again. However, the 2019 Ford Bronco will have to face a much more contested SUV segment than it was the case with its predecessor.