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This isn't going to make those of you happy that are expecting a retro Ford Bronco, or one with a solid front axle:

It may look like an Everest, but it's definitely a Bronco.

The eventual arrival of the new Ford Bronco should have fans of the Blue Oval, and off-road enthusiast in general, pretty excited. Already we know that the Bronco will get a rugged design, an equally rugged body-on-frame setup (in contrast to other forthcoming off-roaders), and four doors. Now, new images show what looks to be a prototype testing for the first time on public roads.

Though it may look like a Ford Everest at first glance, the Euro SUV rumored to be the inspiration for the upcoming Bronco, the underbody is all Bronco. Only the front fascia is camouflaged, likely hiding a near-production grille, headlights, and hood plastered on top of the Everest body. It’s obvious by the ride height of the prototype that Ford will be taking the Bronco’s infamous off-road characteristics seriously.

Rumors suggest that the new Bronco will come equipped with an EcoBoost engine and somewhere in neighborhood of 325 horsepower, as well as a healthy amount of torque. A new diesel engine will make its way to the F-150 and is rumored to be present on the upcoming Ranger, but its remains to be seen whether the Bronco will get the same treatment.

The new Bronco will be built at Ford’s Wayne, Michigan production facility, but most of the engineering and development will reportedly take place in Australia, specifically Ford’s Asia-Pacific Engineering Center in Victoria. Together with the Ranger, the Bronco will ride on a shortened version of Ford’s T6 platform. The new Bronco will make its debut in 2019, likely at the Detroit Auto Show, before going on sale later in the year for the 2020 model year.

Yes, those pictures were taken here in the states. The Everest. Bronco, or whatever you think it is....has a Michigan license plate.

Resource: https://www.motor1.com/news/177561/ford-bronco-spied-testing/

According to Truck Trend:

Rest easy: Our photographer’s source all but promised that this vehicle is a mere mule for the 2020 Ford Bronco, not a preview of its styling. The powertrain that lurks under this anonymous global-market Ford Everest bodywork is reportedly all that will transfer to the Bronco when it hits our shores sometime in 2019. Not that we don’t like the Everest, which is a three-row family SUV with plenty of off-road capability, but we seriously hope the heritage SUV will come with heritage styling. (Probably just a facelift ~ B2C)

The camouflaged front end hides conventional Everest styling, but under the hood of the production Bronco will be the same powertrains as the contemporary Ranger. The base engine could be a 2.0L EcoBoost I-4, with an optional 2.7L EcoBoost V-6 or 3.2L Power Stroke I-5 diesel available. We also expect a variety of trim levels and off-road options, possibly including a whole-hog Bronco Raptor. The mule here is wearing the same alloy wheels as the Ranger Wildtrak, and it’s missing the Ranger Raptor’s widened track and fender flares. That means we’re probably looking at a midlevel Bronc tester, presaging the ute that will be built alongside the Ranger in Michigan.

Resource: http://www.trucktrend.com/future-trucks/1708-spied-2019-ford-ranger-and-2020-ford-bronco-mule/
 

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