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2020 Ford Bronco undercarriage, Ranger Raptor-size tires spied
Ford seems serious about making this a trail truck

May 9th 2019 at 4:30PM
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One of our spy photographers caught one of those funny looking 2020 Ford Bronco prototypes out running around, and this time he got a shot of the underside of the truck. Besides helping confirm that this is a body-on-frame truck borrowing heavily from the Ranger, it also shows us an unusual-looking sway bar system, plus some beefy off-road tires.

The front sway bar looks quite thick, and it also has a strange round portion in the middle. It looks a bit like the active stabilizer bars used on various Land Rover and BMW products. On the road, these systems can keep the sway bar nice and stiff, but then soften it up off-road for a potentially more comfortable ride, and to possibly gain a bit more wheel travel.

There's also the possibility that it's a sway-bar disconnect like what's used on the Wrangler Rubicon and the Ram 2500 Power Wagon. While those systems provide a lot of benefit for solid-axle vehicles, the Bronco clearly has independent front suspension like its Ranger cousin, so this seems less likely.

Another tidbit worth discussing: the Bronco's tires. Our spy photographer got close enough to get a clear shot of the size, and we can see the prototype wears 285/70R17 all-terrain tires, which comes out to roughly 33 inches. Those are the same size as on both the Ranger Raptor and the new Wrangler Rubicon, and are bigger than the roughly 30-inch tires available on the Ranger FX4. All in all, the Bronco is shaping up to be a pretty serious off-roader.

One of our spy photographers caught one of those funny looking 2020 Ford Bronco prototypes out running around, and this time he got a shot of the underside of the truck. Besides helping confirm that this is a body-on-frame truck borrowing heavily from the Ranger, it also shows us an unusual-looking sway bar system, plus some beefy off-road tires.

The front sway bar looks quite thick, and it also has a strange round portion in the middle. It looks a bit like the active stabilizer bars used on various Land Rover and BMW products. On the road, these systems can keep the sway bar nice and stiff, but then soften it up off-road for a potentially more comfortable ride, and to possibly gain a bit more wheel travel.

There's also the possibility that it's a sway-bar disconnect like what's used on the Wrangler Rubicon and the Ram 2500 Power Wagon. While those systems provide a lot of benefit for solid-axle vehicles, the Bronco clearly has independent front suspension like its Ranger cousin, so this seems less likely.

Another tidbit worth discussing: the Bronco's tires. Our spy photographer got close enough to get a clear shot of the size, and we can see the prototype wears 285/70R17 all-terrain tires, which comes out to roughly 33 inches. Those are the same size as on both the Ranger Raptor and the new Wrangler Rubicon, and are bigger than the roughly 30-inch tires available on the Ranger FX4. All in all, the Bronco is shaping up to be a pretty serious off-roader.
 

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That's the bronco II mid size platform

I wanna see the big brother
 

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Not liking the rounded shape at all. Was really hoping for a retro 1966/2020 blend like some of the internet images showed.

I'm so tired if the retro thing... Now that the boomers are moving on to fixed incomes it will die as it should have a decade ago.
 

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That’s ugly. If it is coming out in 2020 shouldn’t it be further along than that?
 

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Really wonder what is wrong with the development on this thing. Everyone said it was scheduled for an early 2019 release and we are still looking at prototypes. I wonder if they are waiting for another reveal like the new Defender.
 

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Can GM now bring back the 2dr Tahoe or full size Blazer


Doubt it. I don’t think this will sell all that well. The Ranger isn’t selling well because is it a phoned in older truck. Maybe this Bronco is based off the next gen Ranger architecture?
 

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That's the bronco II mid size platform

I wanna see the big brother

This does look like the “baby Bronco” and nothing like the ONLY pic of the full size Ford has released...
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However, there is a lot of talk about the engineers and designers having little say in the final product. The lead engineer drives a black 76 to work daily which gives us EB dorks hope they’ll style it after the 1st gen. They are going after Jeep apparently but since most Jeeps live in mall parking lots it’s hard to say what the “2022” will actually look like or have. Hard to say, just hope Ford doesn’t shit the bed after all the hype.


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I'm so tired if the retro thing... Now that the boomers are moving on to fixed incomes it will die as it should have a decade ago.

Same...…. Retro styling is like artists turning people into cartoon characters!
 

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Seems Ford has been working on the Bronco for 15 years. It's never coming back. A 2 door burb doesn't make sense nowadays. Closest thing is the FJ.
 

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That's the bronco II mid size platform

I wanna see the big brother
Not liking the rounded shape at all. Was really hoping for a retro 1966/2020 blend like some of the internet images showed.

Nope, that's the biggest one. The smaller one is unibody.

Guys, what you're looking at is NOT the Bronco - it's a mule (test vehicle). They haven't shown the Bronco yet.

And the pic of the underside (below) is the Bronoco which shows it's NOT a unibody -it's body on frame. And there's no "bigger one" coming (at least not yet)

2020-ford-bronco-1.jpg
 

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And the pic of the underside (below) is the Bronoco which shows it's NOT a unibody -it's body on frame. And there's no "bigger one" coming (at least not yet)

Yet...

I predict early 2021 for the full size. Motor Trend found recent patients for their removable doors. The hinges look almost identical to the Bronco6g rendering @DrunkenSailor posted above. That rendering is also the closest lines that fit the covered prototype FORD showed in 2018. Time will tell but the baby bronco for sure will look like Euro dogshit.



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I have lost count of the Broncos that I have owned. Two years ago I was pretty worked up about this. I sadly have lost my enthusiasm for the new Bronco. My rep promised me that Jan 1st we would be able to put orders in. My life is Ford, but they blew it on this on this one. I hope they can prove me wrong.
 

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Someday.... I wonder if they are playing chicken with the defender. It seems like those were supposed to be revealed at the beginning of this year.
 

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I really want to see this thing. My 11 SHO is going to be replace in the foreseeable future and this could be a great way to roll. I am also considering a 4 door Jeep but then again I know the long term reliability of pretty much everything made by Mopar in the last 30 years.
 

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I had a 91 Bronco way back in the day and it’s the one car/truck I wish I still had. 351, on 35’s, 410 gears autofab suspension is was sweet!
 

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I really want to see this thing. My 11 SHO is going to be replace in the foreseeable future and this could be a great way to roll. I am also considering a 4 door Jeep but then again I know the long term reliability of pretty much everything made by Mopar in the last 30 years.
"It's a jeep thing" Don't worry about the leaking roof on your brand new $45k vehicle. 3.6l seems to be pretty reliable though...
 

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I hope it comes back on the raptor chassis. But I'm sure it will come back as the new version of a bronco II
 
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