Aussie's are working on the next Ford Bronco alongside upcoming Ranger.
Ford won’t confirm it, but after UAW chairman let slip that that the Bronco is headed for production in Michigan, we got the confirmation we needed: the Bronco is back.
Except right now, the Ford Bronco is going down… under. According to reporting by Australia’s Motoring, the new truck is being engineered and developed at Ford’s Asia-Pacific Engineering Centre in Victoria, Australia.
The Aussie development centre is also responsible for the upcoming Ford Ranger. It’s said the new Bronco will share a revised, shortened version of the T6 platform on which the Ranger is based.
Reports also suggest that test mules for both the Ranger and Bronco have been spotted at Ford’s Lara/You Yangs proving grounds in Australia, adding further credence to the Bronco’s existence.
It is expected that Ford will aim to rival Jeep’s off-roading legend, the Wrangler, with the all-new Bronco.
Using the ladder framed T6 Ranger platform, the markers are set for what could be a great off-roader from Ford. Combined with what will likely be a V6 powerplant for the North American market, manual and automatic gear boxes, and a low-range transfer case, the Bronco could really become the four-wheeler most are hoping it will be.
According to an industry report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch known as Car Wars, the Bronco is referenced as being a mid-size SUV for Ford in 2020. If there are no major societal changes - i.e. a major economic downturn or fuel crisis - we predict the Bronco will be officially revealed in 2019 as a 2020 product. Until then, we look forward to these little bread crumbs along the way that are keeping alive hope for the Bronco.
North American models, originally built at Ford’s Michigan Truck Plant, in Wayne, Michigan, and later at Valencia Assembly in Venezuela, the Bronco spanned five generations between 1966 and 1996. Although it’s been 20 years since a new Bronco has rolled off an assembly line, it seems rather likely that it will again soon, and right at home in Michigan at that.
Note: Ford Bronco concept from 2004 pictured above. Ford Troller concept unveiled this week at the São Paulo International Motor Show pictured in gallery below. Cover photo is also the Ford Troller concept.
Photos: Leo Fortunatti / Motor1 Brazil, Ford