As SUV sales continue to rise, Ford's looking to grab even more of that demand with the 2020 Ford Bronco. Recently, spy shots shown test mules rocking proportions consistent with images of production ready prototypes, leaked at a late 2018 Ford dealer event. This comes after years of Ford teasing the new model on their website
Compared to even the very first model back in 1966, it seems a reasonable amount of Bronco DNA has lived on. Looking back, the first generation from 1966-1977 was intended to rival the Jeep CJ at the time with a few body styles to choose from, later reduced to just the wagon that shares a white top with the 2020 Bronco.
Successful sale warranted a second generation model with a simplified body style. Short lived but in a way it shaped the Bronco DNA we all know and love today; bigger pickup style body on the F-100 chassis, glass window that rolls down into the tailgate and a removable hardtop.
The third generation came to the rescue, addressing concerns consumers had, relating directly to its overall poor performance. Moving to the Rangers platform further refined the Bronco's DNA to become lighter, compact and more powerful with a heavier duty drivetrain. The body also received equally significant upgrades.
As the Bronco's foundation was set, the fourth generation became sportier, adopting updates originally given to the F-150 at the time. Most noticeably, was the massive shift away from boxy designs and to a rounder, more aerodynamically sound exterior. The cabin was completely redesigned as well.
Aerodynamics were further improved on in the fifth and last generation. Although iconic, it did bring a mix of reactions, disappointment from the lack of a removable hardtop and incremental updates that were an early sign of the inevitable end, more family-friendly SUV's followed. Fortunately, the 2020 model changes that, set to bring the best elements of capability and style.