Both two-door and four-door variants of the new 2020 Ford Bronco are going be made, and we have even more Bronco news to report. According to Automotive News, top-selling Ford dealers were gathered in Florida last month and were told that the 2020 Bronco will share components with the current Ford Ranger.
Back in January of 2017, we reported that Ford Chief Technical Officer Raj Nair said the forthcoming Ford Bronco will not simply be a tweaked version of the Ford Everest SUV, but rather, both vehicles will share the Ford Ranger’s platform. Most recently, sources say that Ford will be building the 2020 Bronco at its Michigan Assembly Plant, alongside the Ranger that went on sale in January of 2019.
Although the Ranger was slightly modified for the U.S. market after having global success, it is essentially the same truck. The new, fully-boxed frame in the North American Ranger will be responsible for carrying the new 2020 Bronco.
As far as the drivetrain is concerned, the Ranger is currently equipped with Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four. It produces 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque through a 10-speed automatic transmission. According to sources, the 2020 Bronco is likely to contain the same 2.3-liter engine and 10-speed tranny. With a shared platform between the two vehicles, it doesn’t sound far fetched that they will also have the same drivetrain.
As we have previously reported, Ford has been putting the Jeep Wrangler JL through its paces at its proving grounds in Michigan to gain insights and Intel in the development process of the 2020 Ford Bronco. By Ford choosing the body-on-frame Ranger platform for the Bronco, it could cause it to be little less refined on road, but much more capable off-road in order to take on a Jeep.