Ford’s new generation Bronco SUV is still pretty far away from the production lines, so we can’t really say that we know how it will look the returnee. However, we managed to catch some pretty unexpected information about the iconic vehicle. It appears that the carmaker plans to add an oil-burner under the hood, which means that there will be a 2020 Ford Bronco Diesel available as well. At least the latest rumors suggest this kind of possibility.
Why the Turbocharged 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel:
If the car manufacturer really decides to add the diesel option, we can bet it will be either Ford’s new turbocharged 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel V-6, or a 3.2L Power Stroke inline 5 cylinder DOHC diesel. The second unit currently powers the Ranger pickup truck, so we know it’s capable of delivering up to 185 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. However, the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel appears to be the more likely option for several reasons. The carmaker wasn’t too specific about the engine, yet we are pretty sure that it will produce more power. Plus, in contrast to the 3.2-liter option that comes mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox, the 3.0-liter oil-burner will be paired with an all-new and smooth-shifting 10-speed auto transmission. In case you don’t like the diesel, you will be able to choose between two gasoline options. It’s not officially confirmed yet, but the 2020 Ford Bronco will definitely use an EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder and a small naturally aspirated V6.
Unlike its predecessors that were based on the F-150, the next-generation Bronco will share the platform with the Ranger. These are really good news because we wound out that Ford’s smallest pickup won’t use any unibody construction, but a proper body-on-frame platform. The carmaker hasn’t started any road tests, so we can’t really say how it will look the 2020 Bronco. However, it’s quite clear that the iconic off-roader won’t keep its traditional two-door configuration. To be more precise, it won’t be the only available configuration for sure.
As we said several times before, the 2020 Ford Bronco will be built alongside the US-specs Ranger at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.