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Ford Bronco-Inspired Off-Road Crossover Leaked At Dealer Meeting

Update: we received a request from Ford lawyers to remove images of the Ford Bronco CUV that previously appeared in this article.

No, it isn’t the forthcoming 2020 Ford Bronco SUV that we’re seeing here, in the image above. It’s Ford’s future “baby Bronco”: a small, unibody crossover utility vehicle seemingly destined to go head-to-head with the likes of the compact Jeep Compass. Ford first announced the vehicle back in March of this year, as part of a (small) onslaught of rugged new utility vehicles to help Ford “reclaim [its] rightful place as the off-road vehicle leader,” in the words of Ford President of Global Markets Jim Farley.

The photo above, which according to was taken at a Ford dealer meeting in Las Vegas, depicts a square, boxy, retro-looking CUV that certainly seems to mesh with the shadowy teaser image Ford published when the vehicle was first announced. To our eyes, the rugged CUV looks rather like a smaller version of the soon-to-be-discontinued Ford Flex, with some Jeep Renegade tossed in for good measure.

In a loving homage to the retro-fabulous round sealed-beam headlights of yesteryear, and their use in the original 1966-’77 Ford Bronco, this modern Bronco-inspired crossover has a set of circular LED daytime running lamps. We dig it.

In one of the images shown to dealers at Ford’s Las Vegas meeting, the baby Bronco’s shadow appears to be a silhouette of the actual 2020 Ford Bronco – as in, the one that will ride on the all-new Ford Ranger’s full ladder frame. So worry not; the modern Bronco will not be a unibody crossover, and the “Bronco” name won’t be applied to this separate off-roading crossover. Maybe. Unless Ford decides to call it “Bronco Lite”, or something.

Reportedly, this Ford Bronco-like off-road crossover will ride on the same platform as the all-new Focus – the one that’s not being sold in North America. It’s expected to ship with all-wheel-drive as standard, with a range of small, petrol-powered four-cylinder engines to choose from.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. Howard Miller

    Please, more info on the Ford F-150 with the Achates opposed piston engine that was built for Aramco. Chevy had one built too.

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  6. Charles Puglisi

    I have owned several Broncos from the 80’s and 90’s. When they stopped production I drove Expeditions but still had Broncos fever. I am holding on to my Edge waiting for the Broncos. Please don’t emulate the Jeep which I consider one of the cars I would never buy they are just plain ugly. I have owned Ford’s all of my life I am hoping to continue brand loyalty hopefully in a Broncos.


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