The plan for the new Bronco is now known!
What is believed to be the most anticipated SUV, the reincarnated Bronco will be co-developed together with the next-generation Ranger which is practically the base for Ford Bronco. A lot has been talked and speculated on this topic, but the latest slip from a US union official gave us confirmation that the Bronco, which hasn’t been produced for 20 years, will see the light of day again.
Thanks to some sources of the motoring.com.au, they informed us that Ford’s Victorian-based Asia-Pacific Product Development Center is currently knee deep into Bronco development which is supposed to be new-generation Jeep Wrangler’s direct competitor. Ford’s Aussie based design and engineering operation are also the origin ground of the new T6 ladder platform that carries Ford’s global Ranger. The T6 platform also underpins the Everest SUV, and this is important to know because a certain number of the heavily camouflaged Ranger and Everest vehicles are already testing in the company’s You Yang proving ground at Lara near Geelong (Vic). Most of these testing mules are just early engineering prototype versions of the next-generation Ranger, but the rest is used as early all-new Bronco mules. The reincarnated Bronco is supposed to follow Ranger into production in the USA around 2020, and both vehicles will be based on a refined version of the current Ranger/Everest T6 platform.
Fabulous Fords Forever was a GREAT success
As expected, over 1800 Fords of all years and models, and 140 Broncos, gathered in the parking lot a Knott’s Berry Farm on Sunday April 17, 2016, when Ford featured the Bronco for it’s 50th Birthday. Were you there?
Bronco 50th Anniversary
It’s all done, and it was great! If you were there, you also know the 50th was our Swan Song. We will not be putting on any future major Bronco events with raffles, etc. Anything we do will be low key and mostly social. It’s been a great run doing this since the 20th Bronco Anniversary. We will keep 1,000’s of fond memories from all the events. Over now to other Bronco groups to keep the magic going as our Bronco’s continue to grow in value.
Our monthly meetings
NOTE: Ignore the following statement for August, September and October. During these months we will hold our meetings along with other events. See the calendar for details. In November, this schedule should resume. (If you live in the San Diego area, we meet the first Sunday of each month at 5:00 PM unless there are holidays in the way. Check the calendar for details and join us if you can. If you own or are interested in the Ford Early Bronco, join us. Meetings are free except for the food you order.)
A new (free) off-road mapping Application for you to try.
TrailConnect Off-Road GPS is is a free off-road GPS Mapping/Tracking app designed by off-roaders for off-roaders. Check it out and let us know what you think! An Android version should be in the works soon, but for your iOS using members it is a great free tool.
[If any of you use this app, please post your comments in the Forum section of this web site!]
Is there a 2017 Bronco in your future?
If you like the looks of this concept as a future Bronco, there were bubbling rumors about building this on a South America Ford platform, but there is certainly NO 2016 Bronco. However there is more creditable recent news about a 2020 Bronco, perhaps based on the Ranger mid-size truck platform. This could be the real deal for a replacement of the Early version of the Ford Bronco! Click here to read this story.