2017 Ford Bronco Concept and Rumors
We’re still eagerly awaiting any official information on the 2017 Ford Bronco. In the meantime, interest in the future of this legendary model seems to be growing by the day. Ever since the Bronco Concept was unveiled at the 2004 NAIAS in Detroit, the iconic SUV has been anticipated and talked about by car enthusiasts. Its fans are becoming increasingly impatient to hear what Ford’s final decision concerning the model’s future will be. In case the company decides to give the Bronco a go-ahead, it would be interesting to see what the volume of production will be.
The Ford Bronco came as the first SUV launched by the American automaker back in 1966. The two-door model stayed in production for over thirty years. It proved highly successful and popular during those thirty years in production. However, the SUV segment has changed a lot in the course of time, which made automakers alter their SUV models significantly. As part of that process, the Bronco was replaced by the Ford Expedition which came as a foor-door full-size SUV. That, however, didn’t stop the Ford Bronco from becoming one of the most popular SUVs in history.
The Ford Bronco Concept
Ford decided to showcase a concept version of the Bronco in 2004 in order to test the public’s response to its possible revival. Needless to say, it was welcomed with a lot of excitement among the automotive enthusiasts. Many expected a production-ready model to follow suit shortly after. However, it’s been more than ten years since the Bronco concept made its debut and the company still hasn’t made any official statements regarding its future.
The Ford Bronco Concept was revealed in a two-door configuration with its recognizable boxy design. Although the squared-off shapes became outdated by the end of the 90s, it seems that the same fashion is slowly returning to the automotive industry. There have been several successful models featuring a similar design recently. These trends speak in favor of its comeback as the 2017 Ford Bronco.
Under its hood, the concept version was fitted with a four-cylinder 2.0-liter intercooled turbo diesel engine that generated 128 horsepower and 244 lb-ft of torque. The unit was paired with a 6-speed PowerShift manual transmission and Intelligent AWD system. However, the 2017 Ford Bronco is not very likely to offer the same engine once it goes on sale in the US.
2017 Ford Bronco Possible Engine Options
A large number of Ford’s SUVs and pickup trucks are powered by the new-generation EcoBoost engines. These powerplants have been known for their exceptional fuel efficiency. Despite the smaller size, they generate quite impressive outputs. So, the 2017 Ford Bronco is likely to be motivated by one of the EcoBoost engines.
Some of the likely candidates to find their place under the hood of the new Bronco are those used by the Ford F-150. This pickup truck is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine making 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, and a 5.0-liter V8 that produces 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. As for the diesel options, the only candidate so far is a 4.5-liter diesel engine.
In any case, the possible revival of the famous Bronco will certainly come as one of the most interesting events within the industry in the next few years.
2017 Ford Bronco Release Date
It’s still very difficult to predict the Bronco’s release date, due to the fact that the company still hasn’t issued any official statements. In case Ford decides to launch the 2017 Ford Bronco, it won’t be able to hit the showrooms earlier than the second half of 2016. It remains to be seen what the final verdict will be.