Big News for Ford at the Detroit Auto Show
Earlier this month at the Detroit Auto Show Ford CEO, Mark Fields announced the return of the iconic Ford Bronco. The Bronco was last produced in twenty years ago in 1996. Fans and enthusiasts of the Ford Bronco can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Ford Bronco.
History of the Ford Bronco
The Ford Bronco was first introduced in 1966 as direct competition to the Jeep CJ and International Scout. Known as an sturdy off-roading SUV, the Ford Bronco quickly rose to popularity. Between 1966 and 1996 there were five different generations of the Ford Bronco. The version coming out in 2020 will be the sixth generation of the vehicle.
Ford Bronco - Generation One
Generation one of the Ford Bronco spans 1966 to 1977 and was the first iteration of the Ford Bronco. Initially they offered the Ford Bronco in a wagon, half cab and roadster configuration. The roadster lacked in popularity, so was dropped and replaced with the sport package. As time went the sport package became the model line. Disc brakes became standard for the Ford Bronco in 1977.
Ford Bronco - Generation Two
In 1978 the Ford Bronco was redesigned and a shortened fullsize F-100 pickup was the basis. The Ford Bronco and the F-100 also shared many other components, such as: chassis, drivetrain and body components. Some aspects may have been borrowed from the competing Blazer, such as the removeable top and rear bench seat with which folded forward. The second generation Ford Broncos also saw the rear glass hatch and tailgate merged into one piece enabling the the glass to retracted into the tailgate.
The second generation was shorted lived and only lasted from 1978 to 1978 before it was redesigned again.
Ford Bronco - Generation Three
In 1980 Ford redesigned the F-series trucks and the Ford Bronco was given an overhaul to go along with those changes. The third generation of Ford Bronco’s lasted from 1980 to 1986. Along with cosmetic changes, the Ford Bronco received a new independent front suspension. Midway through this generation, in 1983, the 9-inch rear axle was replaced with Ford’s new 8.8-inch axle design.
Ford Bronco - Generation Four
The fourth generation of the Bronco spanned 1987 to 1991 and many changes followed along with changes in the F-series trucks. The Ford Bronco was updated to a newer aero body style. As of 1988, all Bronco’s came equipped with electronic fuel injection.
Ford Bronco - Generation Five
In 1992 the Ford Bronco was once again received a redesign coinciding with a F-series truck redesign. Many new safety features were added to the Bronco, including crumple zones, rear shoulder safety belts, additional brake lights and a driver side airbag. Due to some of the new safety features the top was no longer legally removeable, and instructions on how to remove it were eliminated from the owner’s manual. Owners of the new Ford Bronco, soon discovered the top could still be removed.
1996 was the last year the Ford Bronco was produced and soon after the Ford Expedition was released and viewed as the Bronco’s replacement.
Generation Six - The New Ford Bronco
Not much is known about the upcoming rerelease of the Ford Bronco, but Bronco aficionados are speculating that Bronco will still have it’s boxy look and iconic front grill and round headlights. Coupled with a modern frame built to handle the rigours of off-roading. The big question, of course, is whether the new Ford Bronco will bring back the removable top or not. If it does offer a removable top that will put the Ford SUV in direct competition with the Jeep Wrangler.
South Sound Trucks as the Best Selection of Used Lifted Trucks in the Pacific Northwest
While it’s too early for us to have the upcoming Ford Bronco on our sales lot, we have many other great vehicles for off roading available.
So what are you waiting for? Check out the online inventory of used trucks in Olympia, then visit South Sound Trucks to test drive the truck of your dreams and find a new weekend warrior to hit the trails with.