Ford Motor Company - Is the Corporate decline inevitable?

Haven't read this thread for a while. Has anyone found any evidence that Fords aren't shite or pointless yet?
Yes. The 450hp and 935 lb/ft of torque that the one on my drive produces. That's about 80% more twist than a Ferrari GTC4Lusso. It's a tad heavier though, and not that great on corners. It'll tow 9 tons with another two and a half tons in the bed.
 
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erm Point of order, for 1958 and the announcement of Rover P5 it's page not found. Not surprising really since Rover didn't become part of BLMC until 1966 or there about. P5 was launched by the Rover Company and in fact only the last few P5's came under BLMC auspices before the P5B was launched. I have one of the last. The MK III version. Incidentally the P5 design was not due to be progressed from the 3.0, that was a BLMC decision. Not even P6 was a BLMC design. The first one that was, was SD1

Thread drift- 66 is my watershed year. Steam was just going out, Rover taken over, We win the World cup. After that it was all down hill
 
erm Point of order, for 1958 and the announcement of Rover P5 it's page not found. Not surprising really since Rover didn't become part of BLMC until 1966 or there about. P5 was launched by the Rover Company and in fact only the last few P5's came under BLMC auspices before the P5B was launched. I have one of the last. The MK III version. Incidentally the P5 design was not due to be progressed from the 3.0, that was a BLMC decision. Not even P6 was a BLMC design. The first one that was, was SD1

Thread drift- 66 is my watershed year. Steam was just going out, Rover taken over, We win the World cup. After that it was all down hill
I am certain AROnline, would welcome your input/advice!
 
I am certain AROnline, would welcome your input/advice!
I'm sure they would :mrgreen:
I've been onto them before reminding them that whilst ARO was at one time a Brand name it was very short lived. They were BMC, Then BLMC , then Austin Rover, Rover/ MG then Rover, I forget which way round. But they tend to ignore me. I wonder why:cool:. Anyway no matter what they're all dead. It's all about Bloody Moron Wagons these days.
 
Published by: Autocar magazine, on 02 June 2020.

The car industry now: Could Ford follow GM out of Europe?

Restructuring plans were already in place before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, which could accelerate Ford's plans to concentrate on other markets.


It has been three years since General Motors finally washed its hands of Opel and Vauxhall. After 17 straight years of losses totalling $20bn (currently £16.5bn) from its European division, it sold the business to the PSA Group.

That PSA quickly made the twin brands profitable shows how brilliant an operator Carlos Tavares is. But in the hands of mere mortals, Opel-Vauxhall’s performance under GM shows how hard it has been for US manufacturers to make Europe a successful outpost for their empires. GM hasn’t been the only American giant to have success elude it in Europe. Ford has had its own high-profile problems here, losing money in 12 of the 20 years before 2018, which meant a decision one way or the other needed to be taken.

Last January, Ford boss Jim Hackett announced his global restructuring plan – and Europe remained part of it, putting an end, at least temporarily, to two years of whispers from analysts and investors about whether Ford would ‘do a GM’ in Europe.

Restructuring in Europe includes Ford making redundant some 12,000 of its 51,000 European staff, factory closures – including Bridgend – and an overhauled model range that will include more SUVs, a growth area Ford was slow to respond to.

But then the pandemic hit, and it has hit Ford hard. Its first-quarter global operating loss was £500m this year, and Ford predicts that it could be as much as £4bn in the second quarter. It’s trying to save cash where it can, including by delaying new model launches, pushing back its autonomous vehicle programme and cancelling a joint venture between its Lincoln premium brand and electric car start-up Rivian. Yet eyes have turned to Europe once more, considering whether it’s somewhere Ford really needs to play.

So it has been asked again: will Ford follow GM out of Europe? “It’s too early to conclude,” says Felipe Muñoz, Jato Dynamics’ global analyst. “However, the current outbreak is going to have consequences on the way the industry operates. We will likely see more collaboration, agreements, alliances or even mergers.”

On that point, Ford is perhaps ahead of the game. It announced in 2018 an alliance with the Volkswagen Group, with the two committing to develop commercial vehicles (CVs) together. And it’s CVs where Ford is at its strongest in Europe. It’s the leader in this high-margin market, and it’s said that while Ford doesn’t make money on many of its cars, it does on its CVs.

“The case of Ford in Europe isn’t exactly as it was for GM,” says Muñoz. “Unlike the latter, the former has more solid operations in Europe and isn’t facing the tough times that GM had to face in the US some years ago [GM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy during the 2008 financial crisis, but Ford never did]. However, there are some similarities: their ranges of products are very similar, Ford is also exposed to Brexit and Ford is extremely dependent on Nafta markets [the US, Canada and Mexico], leaving fewer resources to its divisions in Asia and Europe.”

Like many businesses, this will be a question of balancing short-term pain with long-term gain. Ford has already taken many of the tough decisions it thinks it needs to do to survive and then thrive in Europe, and cars such as the new Puma show Ford of Europe’s ability to create great cars to drive and own that are also on-trend. And with its highly profitable CV business, Ford would be walking away from more than GM ever did.

Indeed, it remains more committed than ever. In a statement, Ford said: "We have redesigned our Ford business in Europe, improving in every area of our business, and building the basis for a sustainable and profitable future in the region. Our new operating model is centered around three business units - commercial vehicles, passenger vehicles and imports - and electrification across our portfolio will provide customer choice and deliver CO2 performance.”

Can Dagenham survive as Ford's last British manufacturing base?

The fact that Ford’s historic plant in Dagenham now produces only diesel engines is enough to set alarm bells ringing, given the rapidly dropping demand for oil-burners. It currently produces more than 650,000 powertrains per year for vehicles such as the Transit and Mondeo, though, and Ford says: “Production volumes at Dagenham for diesel engines remain high for the foreseeable future.”

Even so, the long-term future must be in doubt unless Ford decides to retool the plant for electrification or similar. Peter Wells, an industry expert at Cardiff University, says: “Ford is going to struggle to justify that plant in the future, other than the fact it’s already there. If it has to retool it for electric power, it’s not going to be an attractive option, partly because of [Ford’s] overall market position but also it would have to export all its powertrains to Europe. It would be better off building them in Europe.”

Wells added that questions over the Essex plant lead to concerns over Ford’s research and development centre in nearby Dunton: “If Dagenham were to close, it would be likely to have a knock-on effect on Ford’s broader presence in the UK.”

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This seems like a re-print of an article from ages ago . . . !!

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Published by: James Attwood, AUTOCAR magazine, on 11 June 2020.

Ford and Volkswagen firm up ambitious alliance plans.

Wide-ranging agreement will include new EV, pick-up truck and two vans, with more set to follow.


Ford and Volkswagen bosses have finalised their wide-ranging global alliance, which will involve the two giants working together on electric cars, pick-up trucks, vans and autonomous technology.

The companies initially agreed to work together on commercial vehicle development in January 2019, with the plans expanded to involve pick-ups and a Ford EV built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform last July. The two firms have now signed official agreements for the partnership and outlined full details of the projects that will be involved.

Volkswagen last week finalised a £2.1 billion investment in Argo AI, an American autonomous driving start-up company that Ford had already invested in.

In a joint release, Ford and Volkswagen said that their alliance will help them to “meet rapidly evolving needs of their respective customers in Europe and other regions by leveraging complementary strengths in mid-size pick-up trucks and commercial and electric vehicles”.

The alliance will offer substantial savings for both firms, allowing them to develop new or refreshed offerings in key market segments with substantially reduced development costs. Estimates suggest the combined savings of the agreement could reach $1 billion (£773 million).

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A key part of the agreement will be a Ford EV focused on the European market, due to arrive by 2023 and developed on the Volkswagen Group’s electric MEB architecture. The firms says that the Ford machine will be “highly differentiated” and designed and engineered at the American’s firm’s European base in Cologne, Germany.

While details of the machine are scarce, Ford says it will “add another compelling nameplate” that will sit alongside the electric Mustang Mach-E. Ford has recently begun a trend of reviving old names for new vehicles, choosing to give its first bespoke EV Mustang branding and recently badging its new compact crossover as the Puma. It's also reviving the Bronco in America.

The two firms estimate that Ford “could deliver 600,000 electric vehicles atop the MEB architecture”, with Volkswagen saying the deal is “another cornerstone” in its EV strategy. While the MEB platform will underpin a range of EVs from Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda and Audi, it was also developed to enable it to be licensed to partner firms, helping the Volkswagen Group to achieve better economies of scale.

That volume could be key for Ford. While the Mustang Mach-E is due on sale in 2021, it has yet to announce further bespoke EV models, and the sale of the Volkswagen deal will likely prove key in meeting rising consumer demand and hitting its European Union CO2 targets.

As previously hinted at, the firms said that they “plan to explore additional ways to cooperate on electric vehicles.”
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The alliance between the firms will include the development of two commercial vans and a pick-up. The commercial vehicle segment is a key market for both firms in Europe but particularly Ford, with most of its profits in the region coming from it.

Ford will develop and build a new Volkswagen Amarok mid-size pick-up that will go on sale in 2022, and which will effectively be twinned with the Ford Ranger. Volkswagen has already teased the design of the new Amarok. While the model is popular in Europe, it would have been prohibitively expensive for Volkswagen to develop a new pick-up platform purely for it.

Ford will also develop and a new one-tonne cargo van for both firms, which will be the new version of the Ford Transit and Volkswagen Transporter respectively. Volkswagen’s Commercial Vehicles are will use its new Caddy as a basis to develop and build a new Ford Transit Connect city van.

The two firms expect to produce a total of around eight million of the three shared machines across their lifespans.
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Volkswagen's investment in Argo AI, completed last week, will lead to both Ford and Volkswagen working “to form distinct, highly capable autonomous-vehicle businesses based on Argo AI’s self-driving technology.”

The firms said they each “independently” chose to invest in Argo AI due to the “technical leadership” of the Pittsburgh-based firm’s autonomous technology and will use their combined scale to help the start-up expand its geographic testing reach.
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Published by: Lawrence Allan, AUTOCAR magazine, on Monday 13 July 2020.

New Ford Bronco 4x4 to be revealed tonight, image leaks.

First official shot of rugged reborn 4x4 icon appears online ahead of reveal tipped for 1am UK time.
Ford is set to finally reveal the long-awaited reborn Bronco tonight, but the first official image has leaked online in advance.


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Published over the weekend on the Bronco6G fan forum, the image tallies with a previous leaked shot by a Ford insider at one of its US facilities. This time, we can see the two-door model, featuring the same bluff front end but a significantly shorter body and wheelbase. It also features a Jeep Wrangler-style removable roof.

Ford has confirmed the car's reveal time will be 8pm Eastern Daily time, which is 1am BST. Like most reveals during the pandemic, it will be a wholly online affair, streamed across Disney TV channels ESPN, ABC and National Geographic.


Earlier this year, pictures of a four-door Bronco were leaked alongside its smaller, more road-focused sibling, the Bronco Sport. The leak stemmed from another forum post, with the images seemingly taken on a smartphone by somebody deep within Ford's US facilities.

It showed what looks like the full-size car in physical prototype form, with styling very similar to that seen in previous images leaked from an earlier behind-closed-doors dealer presentation.

The car's front end is emblazoned with the Bronco name, while a distinctive LED light design comprises a straight strip stretching between semi-circles. Pronounced wheel arch extensions are necessary to cover huge off-road tyres.

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Aimed to compete directly with the rugged Jeep Wrangler, the new Bronco will launch in both two- and four-door forms, with a pick-up truck version possibly following later to rival the Jeep Gladiator.
Side mirrors mounted to the A-pillars and a 'floating' third brake light above the rear-mounted spare wheel seen in earlier disguised prototypes also suggest a version could arrive with a removable roof and removable doors.

Power could come from Ford's turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine or turbocharged 2.7-litre V6, paired with a 10-speed automatic gearbox. A manual version is also rumoured and a hybrid version could arrive later.

Significantly, Autocar understands that the Bronco won't be offered in Europe or the UK. The original wasn't either, but it was assumed that Ford's renewed SUV focus may have paved the way for its introduction here. US delivery of customer cars could commence before the end of this year.

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I would imagine that in markets where it is offered, the new Bronco will be eating Land Rover’s lunch with the new Defender. Depending on price point, possibly Jeep’s too. The Jeep JL is enormously expensive. We looked at one when it came out a couple years ago. It was cheaper to go with a Mercedes GLE.

Ford could hit a home run here, if they keep the price sensible and don’t pitch it too high.

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I would imagine that in markets where it is offered, the new Bronco will be eating Land Rover’s lunch with the new Defender. Depending on price point, possibly Jeep’s too. The Jeep JK is enormously expensive. We looked at one when it came out a couple years ago. It was cheaper to go with a Mercedes GLE.

Ford could hit a home run here, if they keep the price sensible and don’t pitch it too high.
Totally agree. Despite Ford's woes, if it offers a functional vehicle, why would you shell out mega bucks for a Land Rover that is no better.

Price will be key here. Sub £40k in the UK, and I think it'll fly off the forecourts.
 
Totally agree. Despite Ford's woes, if it offers a functional vehicle, why would you shell out mega bucks for a Land Rover that is no better.

Price will be key here. Sub £40k in the UK, and I think it'll fly off the forecourts.
Ford has said it’s not going to be sold in the UK.

It’s a shortened Ranger chassis with a retro body on top. It won’t be anywhere near as capable on or off the road as a Defender. They will sell millions of them in the US, probably cannibalising some F150 sales. Margins will be ultra-thin like they are on the F150.

The Bronco won’t touch Defender sales or margins; Landrover will be making strong money at 60000 sales a year and can’t make more than 100000 units. Ford could well sell that number of Broncos a month.
 
ONE - New Ford Bronco

Much like the Ford pick-ups (of whatever size/flavour), the wearing of a Stetson cowboy hat and cowboy boots, will be compulsory with this new, big, BRONCO model . . . wherever they are purchased and driven, inside or outside of the USA . . . ;) !!

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Published by: James Attwood, digital editor, AUTOCAR magazine, on Tuesday 14 July 2020.

New Ford Bronco: revived Jeep Wrangler rival revealed.

Long-running nameplate is brought back for new family of rugged off-roaders, including two-door, four-door and road-biased Bronco Sport models.


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Ford has revived the long-running Bronco nameplate after a 24-year absence for a new family of rugged SUVs. The line-up will include two-door and four-door versions of the four-wheel-drive Jeep Wrangler rival, along with a more road-focused (second, totally separate different model . . . ), Bronco Sport.

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The Bronco was launched by Ford as a two-door Jeep rival in 1965 but has been out of production since 1996. The long-awaited revived versions are part of Ford's strengthened commitment to the lucrative SUV segment and are designed for the hugely popular off-road market in America. There are no plans to offer either version in the UK.

Both the Bronco and Bronco Sport - shown in the below video - are now available to order in the US, with deliveries due to start later this year.



Ford boss Jim Farley claims the new, sixth-generation Bronco is “built with the toughness of an F-Series truck and performance spirit of a Mustang”. It is based on the same platform as the Ford Ranger pick-up, and the classic two-door model will be joined by a four-door version for the first time.

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The model features ‘heritage-inspired’ styling designed to evoke the Bronco’s history, with the firm saying initial design work was developed from a full-size digital scan of a first-generation model.

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It features short overhangs, square bodywork and a wide stance for off-road use, and it's built on a steel chassis that Ford claims offers 17% more suspension travel than rivals. The machine sits on tyres of up to 35 inches in diameter.

The Bronco will feature a ground clearance of 11.6 inches, a maximum 29deg breakover angle and a 37.2deg departure angle, along with the ability to ford water up to 33.5 inches deep.

The Bronco will be offered with a 2.3-litre Ecoboost four-cylinder engine producing 266bhp and 310lb ft, and a 2.7-litre Ecoboost V6 offering 306bhp and 400lb ft. It will be offered with a seven-speed manual gearbox that features a crawl gear as standard, with a 10-speed automatic also available.

Independent front suspension will be standard, with a solid axle at the rear that features coil springs and five locating links. Long-travel Bilstein dampers will be available as options. There will also be an optional semi-active hydraulic stabiliser bar, which Ford says offers extra articulation and increased ramp angle.

The Bronco will feature a new Terrain Management System that features what Ford terms GOAT – Go Over All Terrain – drive modes. The system will offer seven settings: Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Sand, Baja, Mid/Ruts and Rock Crawl.

Two 4x4 systems will be offered. The base setup will use a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case, while the optional advanced system is built around a two-speed electromechanical transfer case that can automatically switch between 2H and 4H.

A range of driver assistance systems named Trail Toolbox will also be offered, featuring the likes of low-speed off-road cruise control and an off-road turn assist function.

Two-door models will feature a three-section removable roof system as standard, while four-door models will have four removable sections. Frameless doors, designed to be easy to remove, are also standard.

The interior of the Bronco features an instrument panel inspired by the first-generation model, with Ford putting a focus on “tough and rugged” materials to ensure durability and ease of use when off-roading. The 8.0 or 12.0in touchscreen features the latest version of Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment system and has access to more than 1000 curated trail maps.

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The Bronco will be offered in six trim levels, with the base version joined by Big Bend (cough!!), Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Wildtrak and Badlands specs. There will also be more than 200 accessories.

The starting price for the base two-door model in the US will be $29,995 (£23,700).

 
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TWO - New Ford Bronco SPORT.

Why the “Blue Oval” would launch/introduce this second, totally separate different model, AT THE SAME TIME AS, the expected/anticipated big BRONCO is beyond me. Regrettably, this smaller vehicle . . . sharing NOTHING with the big one, other than (part of) its name . . . is probably going to be lost in all the ballyhoo and confusion. It is a shame :( .

Although we are told the smaller vehicle will (also!) NOT be exported, it is to be hoped that this decision will change.

This smaller vehicle looks far more suited for a “World” vehicle . . . rather than “Stetson and cowboy boots” vehicle, that is the big BRONCO.

For the moment Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), must be relieved that their new DEFENDER will not have to compete with the attractive BRONCO SPORT, in world markets. I don’t think that situation will last long ;) !!


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Published by: James Attwood, digital editor, AUTOCAR magazine, on Tuesday 14 July 2020.

New Ford Bronco: revived Jeep Wrangler rival revealed.

Long-running nameplate is brought back for new family of rugged off-roaders, including two-door, four-door and (a second, totally separate, different model, the . . . ) road-biased Bronco Sport models.

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Launched alongside the new off-roader, the Bronco Sport is described by Ford as “the Bronco of small SUVs” and expands the nameplate to a more road-focused vehicle for the first time. As with the standard Bronco, there are no plans to launch it in the UK.

Although the Jeep Compass-rivalling Bronco Sport takes its retro styling cues from the regular Bronco, it is built on a different platform, utilising Ford’s C2 architecture that also underpins the Focus and Kuga.

While it's built more for on-road use, the Bronco Sport offers four-wheel drive as standard and is designed to still be capable off road. High-end models will feature an advanced 4x4 system that features a twin-clutch rear drive unit with a differential lock.

The Bronco Sport will be offered with a choice of two Ecoboost petrol engines: a 1.5-litre unit producing 179bhp and 190lb ft, and a 2.0-litre unit with 242bhp and 275lb ft. Both engines will use an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

As with the regular Bronco, up to seven GOAT driver models will be offered (with the totally separate, different SPORT model), depending on trim. All models will feature independent front and rear suspension, while higher-end models will gain specially tuned front struts with hydraulic rebound. The Trail Control suite of off-road driver assistance systems will also be offered.

The Bronco Sport features a more comfort-focused interior, although still features washable rubber flooring and easy-to-clean cloth seat covers. The boot is designed to accommodate two standing mountain bikes, while LED floodlights can be built into the tailgate. The rear window can be opened separately from the boot, while a slide-out working side table is also offered.

Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system features an 8.0in touchscreen. More than 100 factory and aftermarket accessories will be offered.

 
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Er, I may have fcuked up here. I showed it to my wife.

We now have one reserved :)
Which one?

The shopping mall/mummy sized one, or . . .

The Stetson, Yee Haa!, full size one? ;) .
 
ONE - New Ford Bronco

Much like the Ford pick-ups (of whatever size/flavour), the wearing of a Stetson cowboy hat and cowboy boots, will be compulsory with this new, big, BRONCO model . . . wherever they are purchased and driven, inside or outside of the USA . . . ;) !!

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Published by: James Attwood, digital editor, AUTOCAR magazine, on Tuesday 14 July 2020.

New Ford Bronco: revived Jeep Wrangler rival revealed.

Long-running nameplate is brought back for new family of rugged off-roaders, including two-door, four-door and road-biased Bronco Sport models.


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Ford has revived the long-running Bronco nameplate after a 24-year absence for a new family of rugged SUVs. The line-up will include two-door and four-door versions of the four-wheel-drive Jeep Wrangler rival, along with a more road-focused (second, totally separate different model . . . ), Bronco Sport.

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The Bronco was launched by Ford as a two-door Jeep rival in 1965 but has been out of production since 1996. The long-awaited revived versions are part of Ford's strengthened commitment to the lucrative SUV segment and are designed for the hugely popular off-road market in America. There are no plans to offer either version in the UK.

Both the Bronco and Bronco Sport - shown in the below video - are now available to order in the US, with deliveries due to start later this year.



Ford boss Jim Farley claims the new, sixth-generation Bronco is “built with the toughness of an F-Series truck and performance spirit of a Mustang”. It is based on the same platform as the Ford Ranger pick-up, and the classic two-door model will be joined by a four-door version for the first time.

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The model features ‘heritage-inspired’ styling designed to evoke the Bronco’s history, with the firm saying initial design work was developed from a full-size digital scan of a first-generation model.

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It features short overhangs, square bodywork and a wide stance for off-road use, and it's built on a steel chassis that Ford claims offers 17% more suspension travel than rivals. The machine sits on tyres of up to 35 inches in diameter.

The Bronco will feature a ground clearance of 11.6 inches, a maximum 29deg breakover angle and a 37.2deg departure angle, along with the ability to ford water up to 33.5 inches deep.

The Bronco will be offered with a 2.3-litre Ecoboost four-cylinder engine producing 266bhp and 310lb ft, and a 2.7-litre Ecoboost V6 offering 306bhp and 400lb ft. It will be offered with a seven-speed manual gearbox that features a crawl gear as standard, with a 10-speed automatic also available.

Independent front suspension will be standard, with a solid axle at the rear that features coil springs and five locating links. Long-travel Bilstein dampers will be available as options. There will also be an optional semi-active hydraulic stabiliser bar, which Ford says offers extra articulation and increased ramp angle.

The Bronco will feature a new Terrain Management System that features what Ford terms GOAT – Go Over All Terrain – drive modes. The system will offer seven settings: Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Sand, Baja, Mid/Ruts and Rock Crawl.

Two 4x4 systems will be offered. The base setup will use a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case, while the optional advanced system is built around a two-speed electromechanical transfer case that can automatically switch between 2H and 4H.

A range of driver assistance systems named Trail Toolbox will also be offered, featuring the likes of low-speed off-road cruise control and an off-road turn assist function.

Two-door models will feature a three-section removable roof system as standard, while four-door models will have four removable sections. Frameless doors, designed to be easy to remove, are also standard.

The interior of the Bronco features an instrument panel inspired by the first-generation model, with Ford putting a focus on “tough and rugged” materials to ensure durability and ease of use when off-roading. The 8.0 or 12.0in touchscreen features the latest version of Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment system and has access to more than 1000 curated trail maps.

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The Bronco will be offered in six trim levels, with the base version joined by Big Bend (cough!!), Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Wildtrak and Badlands specs. There will also be more than 200 accessories.

The starting price for the base two-door model in the US will be $29,995 (£23,700).

Once you click-on to the link - below - there are plenty more, with which you can spend the rest of the day ;) !! . . . .

 
TWO - New Ford Bronco SPORT.

Why the “Blue Oval” would launch/introduce this second, totally separate different model, AT THE SAME TIME AS, the expected/anticipated big BRONCO is beyond me. Regrettably, this smaller vehicle . . . sharing NOTHING with the big one, other than (part of) its name . . . is probably going to be lost in all the ballyhoo and confusion. It is a shame :( .

Although we are told the smaller vehicle will (also!) NOT be exported, it is to be hoped that this decision will change.

This smaller vehicle looks far more suited for a “World” vehicle . . . rather than “Stetson and cowboy boots” vehicle, that is the big BRONCO.

For the moment Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), must be relieved that their new DEFENDER will not have to compete with the attractive BRONCO SPORT, in world markets. I don’t think that situation will last long ;) !!


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Published by: James Attwood, digital editor, AUTOCAR magazine, on Tuesday 14 July 2020.

New Ford Bronco: revived Jeep Wrangler rival revealed.

Long-running nameplate is brought back for new family of rugged off-roaders, including two-door, four-door and (a second, totally separate, different model, the . . . ) road-biased Bronco Sport models.

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Launched alongside the new off-roader, the Bronco Sport is described by Ford as “the Bronco of small SUVs” and expands the nameplate to a more road-focused vehicle for the first time. As with the standard Bronco, there are no plans to launch it in the UK.

Although the Jeep Compass-rivalling Bronco Sport takes its retro styling cues from the regular Bronco, it is built on a different platform, utilising Ford’s C2 architecture that also underpins the Focus and Kuga.

While it's built more for on-road use, the Bronco Sport offers four-wheel drive as standard and is designed to still be capable off road. High-end models will feature an advanced 4x4 system that features a twin-clutch rear drive unit with a differential lock.

The Bronco Sport will be offered with a choice of two Ecoboost petrol engines: a 1.5-litre unit producing 179bhp and 190lb ft, and a 2.0-litre unit with 242bhp and 275lb ft. Both engines will use an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

As with the regular Bronco, up to seven GOAT driver models will be offered (with the totally separate, different SPORT model), depending on trim. All models will feature independent front and rear suspension, while higher-end models will gain specially tuned front struts with hydraulic rebound. The Trail Control suite of off-road driver assistance systems will also be offered.

The Bronco Sport features a more comfort-focused interior, although still features washable rubber flooring and easy-to-clean cloth seat covers. The boot is designed to accommodate two standing mountain bikes, while LED floodlights can be built into the tailgate. The rear window can be opened separately from the boot, while a slide-out working side table is also offered.

Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system features an 8.0in touchscreen. More than 100 factory and aftermarket accessories will be offered.

This is GOOD!! . . . I like it, including the bottle opener within the rear hatch!! ;) .

 
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