The Ford Bronco is one of Ford’s oldest SUVs, originally introduced in 1966 and being produced for 40 straight years, until it was discontinued in 1996. Now, 20 years later, Ford has announced that it will bring back the Bronco, with sales most likely beginning in 2020. In light of this exciting news, let’s take a look back at the history of the legendary Ford Bronco.
The first generation of the Bronco was introduced as a small 4x4 SUV meant to compete with the Jeep CJ and had a lot in common with the classic Jeep shape, though its frame and suspension were unique. Originally built with a 2.8-liter straight-6 engine and costing just over $2,000 for the base model, the Bronco was offered in wagon and pickup configurations, as well as a roadster that was quickly dropped.
The Bronco was redesigned for its second generation in 1978 and was based on the Ford F-150 chassis and drivetrain. The second generation saw the introduction of a catalytic converter, a choice between full-time and part-time four-wheel drive, and a merged glass hatch and tailgate that let the glass panel retract completely, which was present in every generation until the Bronco’s discontinuation in 1996.
The third generation started in 1980 and coincided with the redesign of the Ford F-150. The new Bronco was shorter and saw some style updates, which let it stand out from the Bronco II, a redesign of the original Bronco, introduced in 1983.
The third gen lasted until 1987, when the fourth gen took over, with a new design and additions like electronic fuel injection. Lasting through 1991, the fourth generation saw 25th anniversary models, special editions, and new engine and transmission options.
Finally, the fifth generation started in 1992 with a greater focus on safety and new engine options, but due to demand for four-door configurations, the Bronco was discontinued years later and replaced with the Expedition.
Very little is known about the upcoming Ford Bronco, but we’re excited to see it return. Keep an eye out for more information about the new Bronco!