Citing an alleged Ford engineer with knowledge of the Bronco project, US lifestyle website gearpatrol.com claims that the Bronco is already in its third stage of design due to disagreements over its looks, and that the four-door Wrangler Unlimited was used as a benchmark vehicle.
"They want it comparable [to the Wrangler] in every way, except rock crawling. But that’s based on some of the concerns with the frame," the alleged engineer was quoted as saying, adding the Bronco will instead take styling hints from the Jeep-like two-door Troller T4 sold in Brazil. Due to a lack in demand, it will be produced with four-doors only as opposed the original two-door.
He also claimed that the Bronco, due for market release in 2020, will also sport a three-phase removable roof, have a wading depth of 500 mm and a variation of the 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 powering the US-market Fusion Sport.
What has however been confirmed is that the Bronco will be based on the same T6 platform as Ranger and Everest, and touted as "no compromise 4x4 for thrill seekers". No indication of whether it wil be produced in right-hand drive or remain a left-hand drive market exclusive has yet been made.
IMAGE render from bronco6g.com