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2020 Ford Bronco coming to USA, unconfirmed for Australia

The 2020 Ford Bronco is unconfirmed for Australia
The 2020 Ford Bronco is unconfirmed for Australia

Ford have just officially confirmed the 2020 Ford Bronco is coming, reviving the historic and iconic two-door 4X4 wagon nameplate for their market.

This also comes along with the confirmation of the Ranger ute for their market, which will join the larger, best-selling F-150 and similarly-sized Chevrolet Colorado. It’s what Americans call a ‘mini-truck’… it’s all about context, I suppose.

This announcement confirms what people have been speculating and suggesting for quite some time now, the return of the 4WD wagon that was popular in the USA between the 1960’s and 1980’s. They were sold in Australia for a short period of time, but were never really overly successful.

1986 Ford Bronco By Joost J. Bakker, via Wikipedia
A 1970’s Ford Bronco. Credit: Joost J. Bakker, via Wikipedia

In saying that, the Australian connection with the 2020 Ford Bronco is quite strong. The Bronco is currently under development in Australia, alongside the 2019 Ford Ranger. This is building upon a strong Australian research, engineering and development centre in Australia, which is credited with the great success of the Ford Ranger in the lucrative and competitive 4X4 ute market.The Bronco is currently under development in Australia, alongside the 2019 Ford Ranger.

The 2018 Ford Bronco will probably have a fair bit in common with the 2018 Ford Ranger
The 2020 Ford Bronco will probably have a fair bit in common with the 2019 Ford Ranger

Details are scant still, except for the fact that it’s definitely going to happen. Ford Australia aren’t able to confirm anything at this stage either. We aren’t sure what it will look like, but that hasn’t stopped a big selection of non-official renderings popping up online. It has been causing a fair buzz online for the past few years, and the confirmation has really set the internet land alight.

This is one of the most popular renderings of the 2020 Ford Bronco, by bronco6g.com
This is one of the most popular renderings of the 2020 Ford Bronco, by bronco6g.com

Repeat: It’s not an official rendering, there isn’t any idea of what the 2020 Ford Bronco will look like. Likewise, with the 2019 Ford Ranger that it will share much blood with. But seeing as the Bronco will join the Everest and Ranger, we think it will follow the template that the FJ Cruiser took with the LandCruiser Prado: Steal the bones and drivetrain, but remodel it with a retro-cool, two-door lifestyle wagon operation, and trade off the legendary icon that is the Toyota LandCruiser FJ40.

Ford Australia aren’t able to confirm anything yet, and we’ll probably have to wait until next year to hear anything solid. We do know that the Ford Ranger heading for the USA market will have it’s own unique ‘styling, engines and features’, so perhaps the Bronco will leverage off these.

Straight two-door mid-wheelbase replications of popular wagons like the Prado and Pajero haven’t worked in the past, but adding that vintage flavour made the Toyota FJ Cruiser a strong niche seller in Australia. We think the 2020 Ford Bronco will make it to Australia, joining the Everest and Ranger. Let’s just hope Ford have learnt their lesson from the MA/MC classification debacle…

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  • I don’t think Aus likes two doors
    The comparison with the FJCruiser misses the profound significance of the extra two doors which give access to the rear seats. Even in the original FJ40 the rear doors gave access to extra seating.
    When you don’t have direct access to rear seating I think Aussies go ‘meh’
    My 2c worth
    🙂

  • Would be great if new model also has a 4 door option. Along the lines of the Ford Centurion, would make a great tow wagon. Got 30 years out of the 1984 model. Very capable and surprised a lot of people. Fuel economy was better than the land cruisers of that era and performance still yet to be matched

  • I would be great if they can put turbo desiel V8 in it. Australian suv’s are under powered for towing and the f250 etc are pricy.
    We need an alternative in Australia and Bronco/f150 could fill that gap if they have the right donk!

  • My dad’s best mate, my godfather in fact, bought a Bronco new in the 80s . If you’re ever in Portarlington Vic, you may see him , still tootling around in it . He’s 85 ! He has a small modern Benz but tye Bronco is still his beloved daily drive .

  • it would be great to see this in aus, would be a great touring vehicle, and I think they made one with the back canopy that could be removed, so would make a great 4×4 work ute

  • Now the Ford Bronco 4×4 although very under rated was also a very reliable vehicle both on and off road and was a really good towing vehicle and the all new Ford Bronco will be a real eye catching vehicle and would have to be one of the best vehicles that Ford will introduce into the Australian Market.

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