As Ford works on crafting a brand-new Ford Bronco SUV, preparing to reintroduce the nameplate for the first time in more than two decades, details about the new vehicle have proven disappointingly scarce. Thankfully, the first spy shots of a test mule for the upcoming off-roader have surfaced at last, demonstrating at least a tad of what we can expect when the new Ford Bronco debuts in 2019.
You can find the photographs on Motor1‘s website.
The test mule is clearly based on the Ford Everest – Ford’s Ranger T6-based SUV for global markets. It’s an ideal candidate because, like the Everest, the 2020 Ford Bronco will utilize the Ranger’s full frame. Judging from the camouflage wrap over the front of the vehicle, however, it could be wearing a front end that’s fairly representative of the future product.
This test mule also features a nice, high ride height, suggesting that it will indeed aim to deliver some off-road capability. In February, news broke that both the next-generation Ford Bronco and its Ranger counterpart will use Dana axles front and rear. (Dana is, of course, the well-known drivetrain parts supplier that continues to help propel the Jeep Wrangler to greatness.)
The future Ford Bronco is tipped to arrive exclusively as a four-door model, although fans can at least take comfort in the rumor that it will feature removable roof panels for an open-top driving experience. Not much else is known at this point.
Be sure to stop by Motor1.com for the first-ever Ford Bronco test mule spy shots.