The car industry has been going crazy ever since the Ford Motor Company announced the legendary off-road SUV Bronco will be back in 2020. And they are bringing back the Ranger, a compact pickup truck, too. But, the biggest news is the return of the well-known and missed Bronco. It’s an iconic Ford SUV they produced for 30 years from 1966 to 1996.
Everything started in the mid-60s when Ford realized the market for compact and off-road capable SUVs was emerging. Ford invested a lot of effort and money into constructing the Bronco since it had its own platform, suspension and drivetrain components. But finally, they equipped it with a straight six V8 engine, giving it plenty of power and performance.
The Bronco was compact and maneuverable on and off the road, making this Ford quite capable when the asphalt stops. The small dimensions meant the interior was cramped, but car buyers loved it nonetheless. Soon, the sales numbers went through the roof. And the second and third generations were even more successful. But also they were bigger and more comfortable vehicles with a longer list of options and updated equipment.
Despite the solid sales, Ford decided to retire the Bronco in 1996 to concentrate on its pickup truck lineup, as well as the new SUV models. However, the fans of the Bronco have always been vocal in their requests to see the legendary SUV again. So, finally, last year, Ford announced the Bronco will be returning by 2020 in a new form, but with the same spirit and appeal.