Ford has stirred up the off-road pot with its NAIAS announcement of bringing back to life the iconic Bronco – and apparently the model is shaping up as a direct competitor to Jeep’s legendary Wrangler.
The Blue Oval approved the rebirth of the Bronco and now the rumor mill just can’t get tired of trying to dig out every possible piece of information – even though we’re still years from the model’s actual presentation. Apparently the 2020 Bronco will have solid axles both front and rear, made by Dana – the same company that also supplies parts for the Jeep Wrangler. Even the 2019 Ford Ranger will be in on the technology, with both using the newest AdvanTEK gear technology. With both the Bronco and Ranger body-on-frame models, Ford will come up with two serious off-road models in the compact segment – a direct response to the upcoming new generation Wrangler and the derived pickup truck.
The partnership between Dana and Ford is a long lasting one and also included the old Bronco – as it featured the solid axles from the supplier. The collaboration between Ford and Dana has surfaced during an investor presentation made by the supplier, and we also know the same Toledo, Ohio, factory will supply the axles for both the Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco.