Here’s A Glimpse At What The Bronco Could Look Like With The R Race Prototype Reveal

After more than two decades, the Bronco is set to make a comeback in 2020

  • The Bronco R Race Prototype pays homage to the all-conquering Bronco from the 1969 Baja 1000.
  • The race-prepped SUV will participate in the 2019 edition of the Baja 1000 on November 22.
  • Race-spec features include wide stance, custom suspension and rally-spec tyres
  • The Bronco racer reveals design elements like the clamshell hood and roof, clean body panels and the Bronco lettering that could feature in the production model.
  • The prototype racer will be powered by a twin-turbo EcoBoost engine.
  • A Ford ranger sourced 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine could power the production-spec Bronco.
  • The Bronco is unlikely to make it to India anytime soon.

We may have a long wait for Ford to revive the Bronco slated for 2020, but that hasn’t stopped them from giving us subtle hints at what the new Bronco would look like with the reveal of the Bronco R Race Prototype. The prototype was developed in collaboration with Geiser Bros Design and Development and Baja 1000 Trophy Truck champion Cameron Steel. The Bronco R pays tribute to 50 years since the Bronco's victory in the 1969 Baja 1000 piloted by Rod Hall and Larry Minor. In addition to this, it will compete in the Baja 1000 on November 22 with Rod Hill’s granddaughter, Shelby Hill, piloting the racing machine for portions of the race . While this is a race-spec model, it does reveal a variety of design bits that could make it to the production-spec Bronco.

From the outside, the Bronco R prototype features a retro-livery inspired by the Baja 1000 winning 1969 Bronco. However, it does get some updates to give it a modern look. Highlights in the prototype include an ultra wide body stance, 15 LED light bars, independent front suspension, custom shocks and 17-inch aluminum wheels with 37-inch BFGoodrich tyres. It also features a cut roof that allows rear seat passengers to use a second-row hatch for access.

While some of these details are unlikely to make it to the production model, we know that bits like the ‘Bronco’ lettering on the grille will. In addition to this, the design pays homage to the first-generation Bronco model (1966 – 1977) with features like the clamshell hood and roof as well as clean body panels. Ford also revealed that the prototype will feature the production model’s body-on-frame architecture.

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Powering this rugged racer will be a twin-turbo EcoBoost engine. However, Ford is yet to reveal its power figures. Instead, Ford has given us another clue that the production-spec Bronco will feature an EcoBoost motor in a different state of tune. Possible engine options could include a 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbo-petrol motor from the Ford Ranger pickup range. 

As we wait for the Bronco to arrive around 2020, its little sibling has been spotted testing and could be introduced before the bigger one. For India, the Bronco could be out of reach or a slim chance of being introduced as a CBU.

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