2020 Ford Bronco Raptor Edition Review – Ford already has a mid-size pickup in the market, the Ranger, but it can give Bronco a bed, too. Automobile Magazine reports that this truck will arrive in 2024 as a competitor to the Jeep Gladiator, a pickup based on Bronco’s closest rival, the Wrangler. Ford has made its intention to compete with the Jeep quite clearly, so it’s easy to understand why the Blue Oval would have a Bronco pickup, even though it already has Ranger in production.
2020 Ford Bronco Raptor Edition Review
After its final production in 1996, the legendary Ford Bronco is making a comeback. Ford announced Bronco’s final return to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit back in 2017, and we’ve been waiting patiently ever since. As for when it will make its debut, we’re not 100 percent sure. Ford said it will arrive by 2020, though, so there’s a very good chance we’ll see that debut at some point this year.
But there is a great deal we know about Bronco, based on credible rumors and comments from various Ford higher-ups since the announcement of the 4×4’s return. We have gathered all the info for you here.
Spy photographers managed to catch this strange truck test recently in Michigan, and we think it’s a test mule for the new Bronco. Why? Well, it’s too wide to be a Ranger, and Ford doesn’t make a single taxi F-150 Raptor. Plus, judging by our rough estimates, the dimensions line up.
Our spy photographer managed to Nab some good pictures of a Bronco test mule out in public in Michigan. The body is clearly from a current-generation Ranger pickup, but note how far back the rear wheels are pushed in this mule. Short overhangs are good for off-roading, so it seems Ford is really trying to make this thing a Jeep rival. This truck is also wearing BF Goodrich off-road T / A tires, which you can get for the FX4 package Rangers and on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
There will reportedly be a two-door
The Jeep Wrangler’s great success is directly linked to the availability of a four-door model, but you can still get a short-shaft base two-door version. Ford will almost certainly offer a four-door Bronco, but there has been a question if there will be a two-door to rival the Shorty Wrangler.
However, Automotive News now reports that at a recent dealership event in Palm Springs, Ford displayed a two-door Bronco prototype. Dealer sources who speak anonymously to Automotive News said Bronco had a retro design with round headlights and a square grid with truck name stamped across.
The doors and roof will come out
One of the great appeals of the Wrangler is that its doors and roof are removable. The same will be the case with Bronco, which, according to Automotive News, will offer a removable hardtop and doors that can be stored in the trunk. Apparently the mirrors will be mounted on the A-pillars, and not the doors as on a Wrangler. This means you still have mirrors when you remove the doors.
Patents filed by Ford in April and published by Bronco6G.com indicate that Bronco could use a roll-out mesh tag or soft top to replace the hardtop when removed. A mesh piece would allow air to enter the cabin while blocking out sunlight. The patent drawings also suggest the cloth top could implement behind the vehicle to create an interim tent area. Clever.
It will be based on the new Ranger
When Ford announced that Bronco was making a comeback, it also confirmed that the Medium Ranger would make a comeback. The 2019 Ranger arrived last January, and we’ve already run it.
Back in 2017, Ford Global Operations President Joe Hinrichs confirmed to Road & track that Bronco and Ranger would share a platform. The ranger may be new to the US, but it’s actually something of an old truck – it was originally released for the Asia-Pacific market in 2010 and received a significant update in 2015. For the US, the platform was changed even more, with a new, fully boxed frame.