FORD has launched a new promotional video on-line displaying a prototype of its upcoming Bronco SUV present process testing within the desert forward of its official debut later this yr.
In the video, Ford is fast to level out the car is an “experimental prototype” and never the ultimate car however it’s troublesome however to not see the car’s relation to its platform donor, the Ranger pick-up.
The similarities are so shut it might be akin to a bob-tail Ranger with an appropriately shortened cover, although a far squarer physique nearer to the unique design of the primary Bronco is greater than more likely to be revealed.
One huge distinction to the Ranger – a direct results of the shortened tub – is a dramatically decreased rear overhang and subsequently drastically improved departure angle, one thing that got here in useful through the video shoot with skilled off-road racer Brad Lovell on the helm.
Pushing exhausting via the Johnson Valley in California, Lovell tackles rocky outcrops, slender climbs, delicate sand and even some rock crawling, clearly pushing the suspension and giving us sufficient of a glimpse beneath to make some pretty protected assumptions concerning the Bronco’s underpinnings.
Just just like the T6 Ranger on which it’s based mostly, the Bronco seems to have an unbiased entrance suspension setup and a strong axle out the again although with the vigour Lovell was attacking the testing floor, it might be truthful to imagine the setup has been developed for extra hard-core off-roading than the ute.
With a racing Bronco R prototype taking over 2019 Baja 1000 we additionally wouldn’t rule out an much more hard-core, probably even Raptor model to comply with in coming years.
As GoAuto reported final month, the race automotive was powered by twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 of undisclosed capability that Ford Performance off-road racing supervisor Brian Novak stated was “representative of what the production Bronco will offer”.
A force-fed 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 is at present in service within the Fusion (Mondeo) and F-150 pick-up, good for 242kW of energy and 474Nm of torque which might give the Bronco a useful leg up on its principal rival, the Jeep Wrangler – Jeep’s three.6-litre V6 presently produces 209kW and 347Nm.
These figures is probably not too far off the mark going by Mr Novak’s remark and piece of promotional textual content on Ford’s web site which reads “And now, Bronco is coming back, strapped with thrilling power and go-anywhere capability, uniquely equipped to carry true adventure seekers deep into the wild and untamed places their souls long to be”.
The new Bronco shall be constructed alongside the upcoming T7 Ranger at Ford’s quickly to be upgraded Wayne plant in Detroit and regardless of prototypes being noticed testing in Australia, Ford’s HQ has maintained it won’t be engineering a right-hand drive model, regardless of the new Ranger being Australia-bound.
GoAuto has approached Ford Australia for remark.