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Ford Comes Out with Statement about 2016 Ford Bronco Rumors
There have been some rumors about the 2016 Ford Bronco lately, and while they have been getting stronger and stronger, there was no response from Ford about the situation. That is, until now – the company finally stepped forward, although it wasn’t for the reason many fans were expecting. They actually decided to deny the rumors about the new Bronco, stating that the project is not on the table right now.
This was understandably disappointing to all fans who have been patiently waiting for Ford to come out and confirm the rumors. Indeed, many of the “reports” about the 2016 Bronco seemed quite legitimate, so it’s easy to see why some got mislead in the whole ordeal. Many news sites were reporting on the rumors as well, which further added to their apparent legitimacy.
With all this in mind, it’s probably for the best that Ford decided to speak up, because the situation could’ve gotten a lot worse. If they had waited a little longer before making the announcement, this would likely have been even more disappointing to their fans.
What was the 2016 Bronco going to feature in terms of specifications, according to the rumors? It was said to have a 5.0 liter engine capable of outputting 420 horsepower, as well as two other variants with a 4.9 liter Power Stroke diesel engine, and a 5.8 liter 8-cylinder engine, outputting 330 and 662 horsepower respectively. Those claims were partly what attracted so much attention to the rumors about the new Bronco, as they seemed like a good deal for buyers looking for a lot of diversity and a good selection of options.
There was also going to be a choice between a manual and automatic transmission, according to the rumors, both with six speeds, although it wasn’t really clear from most rumors how those were going to be offered for the different engines.
Why are we repeating all those rumors? Because after all this, some dedicated Ford fans who love the Bronco still refuse to believe that the 2016 edition of the truck is not coming, and are instead choosing to believe that Ford are just trying to pull wool over their eyes, preparing them for a surprising announcement.
This is probably just wishful thinking in the end though, as the company could have easily stayed quiet and let the rumors keep flowing. It was basically free advertisement for them at the time, in case they were really preparing a new Bronco. Ford are generally not a company to mess around with confusing statements like that, so most likely what they said about the Bronco is true and we won’t be seeing a new entry into that line any time soon.
Previous Report – – –
If you are looking forward to a 2015 Ford Bronco, things are a little sticky. No one (outside of Ford) has any idea as to when the car is going to show up or if it is going to show up at all. Right now the closest thing to it is the Ford Troller T4. We cannot expect this to come to the US at any time soon as it is only out in the South American market. Maybe Ford could work with Troller and they could design something that would work in the US. Perhaps we could even get to see the Troller turn into the Bronco for the US. Both the Bronco and the Troller T4 share a lot of things in common. This could mean that there may not have to be that many design changes to get the truck to become the 2015 (or 16 or 17 or ?) Ford Bronco. Why is a Troller a worthy candidate for a new Bronco? (1) It is in production in Brazil. (2) It is diesel powered, good torque off-road. (3) It is Bronco-tough in appearance. Click here to get a Troller introduction! BUT Ford said that it would be almost impossible to bring the Troller T4 into the US market due to some restriction. They also added that the build of the Troller T4 is totally different from the Bronco.
Some people believe that the Bronco name was destroyed thanks to the OJ Simpson case when he took the truck onto the highway. Do you agree or disagree?
Without a Troller derivative, that leaves us with just one possibility, the Ford F-150. Some are saying that Ford will be using the architecture of the Ford F-150 to make the new Ford Bronco. Speculators are speculating that we might be seeing the new Ford Bronco is 2016. We did hear rumors going around that maybe Ford could base the new Bronco on the Ford Atlas. The F150 Atlas would be a great concept as it has the 360 degree camera. If the Ford Special team worked on it then they may be able to transform it into a new Ford Bronco.
Since Ford has not said anything, all we can do is wait.
Oh, but WHY would Ford renew a trademark for a vehicle it doesn’t plan to make!? Because companies, you see, generally like to protect themselves against having the names of former properties scooped up and used against them.
Sometimes, they like to use those old names for other merchandising purposes even if they don’t intend to bring a new version to production. To be clear, the Standard Character Mark covers everything from:
Automobiles; trucks; vehicle parts for automobiles, namely, shock absorbers, shock absorbing springs, vehicle anti-roll bars, braces for suspension struts, exterior metal decorative and protective trim, exterior plastic extruded decorative and protective trim, differentials, gear shifts, hoods, fascia, steering wheels, seat trim, parking brakes, wheels, brake discs, brake calipers, brake pads, engines, engine or motor mufflers, exhaust pipes, exhaust headers, air intakes, oil fill caps, coolant fill caps, engine valve covers, ignition coil covers, radiators, and exterior insignia badges.
So filing a trademark, in essence, don’t mean much. Don’t believe us? Exactly one year ago, Toyota reapplied for the Supra trademark once again, and everyone went crazy thinking that we would be getting an FT-1-based Supra before you know it. Since then, Toyota has sold approximately zero Supras.
So, in short, don’t go getting all excited for a 2017 Ford Bronco. (And, to be sure, if Automobilesays they have it on good authority that a new Bronco is coming, be extremely skeptical.) You’re likely to only wind up disappointed.