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Ford’s Baby Bronco Wants To Take The Fight To Jeep


Photos of Ford’s “Small, Rugged Off-Road Utility” – or Baby Bronco as it’s become known – slipped out of last year’s dealer meeting, but now we’re getting a glimpse of the model in the flesh.

Recently spotted undergoing testing, the heavily camouflaged prototype has a boxy design and slab-sided bodywork. We can also see a squared off front fascia, a relatively flat beltline and an upright tailgate.

While details are hard to make out, previous photos have shown the model will have a distinctive front fascia with a black grille that features prominent “FORD” lettering. The crossover is also slated to have plastic body cladding and circular headlights with an LED light ring.

Also Read: Ford ‘Baby’ Bronco – This Is (Likely) It, As First Photos Slip Out Early!

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The spy photos suggest the model will be pretty boxy, but the production crossover will have rounded bumpers and soft curves around the wheel arches. We can also expect a relatively flat roof that will likely be offered in contrasting colors.

Ford hasn’t said much about the Baby Bronco, but it will be introduced next year and positioned as a more rugged alternative to the Escape. While the models will be aimed at different consumers, they’ll likely share a handful of components.

Engine options remain unconfirmed, but the 2020 Escape features a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder that is projected to produce 180 hp (134 kW / 182 PS) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque. The model can also be equipped with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder developing 250 hp (186 kW / 253 PS) and 275 lb-ft (372 Nm) of torque.

The Bronco could also be offered with a hybridized 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but it remains unclear if a plug-in hybrid variant is in the works as the Escape PHEV is only available with front-wheel drive. That being said, previous presentations have shown the Baby Bronco won’t have a hybrid or electric option – at least at launch.

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Picture credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

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