We just recently got a peek at Ford’s latest SUV offering, the upcoming “infant Bronco.” Potentially called the Adventurer or Bronco Scout, the little SUV will take numerous of its mechanical bits from the recently exposed Ford Escape. However, the Baby Bronco will be properly intensified for legitimate off-road work.
Familiar Mechanicals, Bronco Flavor
Based on the Escape’s modular architecture, the Adventurer/Bronco Scout/whatever will be sized like the Jeep Compass, a little bigger than the Renegade and a little smaller than the Cherokee. Nevertheless, it ought to have as much off-road capability as the Trailhawk variants of each of those SUVs, which makes it a luring proposition.
2021 Ford Baby Bronco Engine
The Escape will also likely donate its engines to the infant Bronco, including its top-spec 2.0 L EcoBoost I-4 that creates an approximated 250 hp and 275 lb-ft. Base versions of the off-road SUV might get a naturally aspirated 2.5 L I-4 with about 180 hp, however it’s also possible that the Escape’s entry-level 1.5 L turbocharged I-3 might move. It’s unclear what transmission Ford will use or if the drivetrain will consist of a two-speed transfer case, however Jeep’s front-drive-biased crossovers offer reduction equipment, so hopefully, Ford will too.
In regards to suspension layout, don’t expect the baby Bronco to stray too far from its donor SUV– four-wheel independent suspension is likely, courtesy of the Escape’s new “isolated rear subframe.” We believe we’ll discover MacPherson struts up front and short-long arms in the back, however most likely with taller springs and off-road-tuned shocks for higher ground clearance and reaction. The little Ford will not use Wrangler-grade articulation– that’s going to be the Bronco’s province– but it needs to offer a lot of rough-road grace while still preserving a degree of on-road composure and effectiveness.
2021 Ford Baby Bronco Debut
Ford’s child Bronco SUV should arrive on the scene at some point next year (maybe at the 2020 North American International Auto Show in June). It will be a 2021 model, predestined for dealerships by fall 2020.