Ford’s Forthcoming ‘Baby Bronco’ Small Off-Roader Rendered

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Last month, Ford Motor Company announced that in addition to the rugged, Ranger-based Ford Bronco┬ámaking its way to the North American market, the automaker is working on a second, smaller off-road SUV in the hopes that they can “reclaim our rightful place as the off-road vehicle leader,” as Ford President of Global Markets Jim Farley put it. The yet-unnamed future SUV, which we’ve been referring to as the “mini-Bronco” – or at times, the “baby Bronco” – will probably fit into the compact or subcompact class, most likely featuring unibody construction.

A dark, obscure teaser image of the forthcoming small off-roader (featured above) was shared by Ford last month, but the image leaves most everything to the imagination. Thankfully, Autoblog has taken the liberty of commissioning a complete rendering of the future vehicle, using that teaser image to inform the front-end design, and recalling elements borrowed from the compact Ford Escape and subcompact EcoSport to fill in the blanks.

You can see the rendering on the Autoblog website.

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Given that Ford has genuine off-road-performance ambitions for the forthcoming utility vehicle, the tow hooks, front skid plate, and rock rails are all sensible touches with a fairly high probability of making their way onto the production vehicle. The ride height looks to be a fair bit taller than on either the Escape or the EcoSport – as it should be, given the off-roading goals Ford has in mind – and the front and rear overhangs have been rendered appropriately short, for good approach and departure angles.

More than likely, Ford’s forthcoming mini-Bronco will be based on a transverse, front-wheel-drive platform, with clutch-based all-wheel drive either standard or optional. That could give hardcore off-roading enthusiasts┬ácause to look down upon the vehicle, but for what it’s worth, we’ve taken the unibody, FWD-based Jeep Renegade subcompact utility vehicle rock-crawling before, and it was brilliant. There’s no reason the baby Bronco couldn’t also perform well with a similar platform.

And if the small off-road SUV ends up looking anything like Autoblog‘s commissioned rendering, it will look far better doing it.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

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