- Though the third generation of Ford Bronco was smaller than the second generation, they kept it as a full-size SUV. Ford also expanded the Bronco engine line to provide a six-cylinder option in addition to the V8s. People who wanted a sporty SUV but who were concerned about the cost of gasoline could get a Bronco.
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- Bronco First Generation 1966-1977
- Bronco Second Generation 1978-1979
- Bronco Third Generation 1980 -1986
- The Sad Saga of The Bronco II 1984-1990
- Bronco Fourth Generation 1987-1991
- Bronco Fifth Generation 1992-1996
- Bronco Sixth Generation 2021-?
Donald Frey and Lee Iacocca, the same great minds who designed the Ford Mustang, designed the Bronco as an off-road vehicle that could compete with the Jeep CJ. Originally the Bronco was very small, much like the CJ, though it came in three different body styles. You could get a station wagon, a half-cab, or a roadster. One of these became immediately more popular than the others. The roadster’s fun look couldn’t make up for its impracticality. The roadster was taken out of the market in 1968. The half-cab was an innovative design, but it wasn’t well received. It looked like a baby pickup, and the half-cab was taken out in 1972. After that, the only body style was the wagon that’s become the iconic style we all know as the Bronco. The three-door wagon was the clear winner in terms of body styles. With four-wheel drive, the Bronco was designed to tackle any terrain. It quickly became a serious competitor to Jeep despite a late entry into the market. The first Bronco didn’t come with...
The second generation of Bronco was significantly larger. Though it was intended for a 1974 launch, the fuel crisis led Ford to believe that the thirsty SUV they touted as “The Total Package” wouldn’t be well received. Copying a page from Chevy’s playbook, Bronco’s second generation was essentially a shortened F-100 with a removable hardtop. Every Bronco from 1978-1979 came with a V8, which made it powerful, but also expensive to operate. Though this was a short-lived generation of Bronco that received a lukewarm reaction from drivers, the Bronco did gain several of the features that it has since become known for and lost a few as well. The second generation was the last one with a solid front axle, and in 1979 Ford ditched the round headlights for squared ones. The rear window that lowered into the door was added during this generation though, and quickly became one of its best features. This rear window design allowed the tailgate to fold out like a pickup. It also had a lift-off...
Ford addressed the concerns of the public quickly and ditched the second generation Ford Bronco in favor of a slightly smaller and lighter Bronco. Though the third generation of Ford Bronco was smaller than the second generation, they kept it as a full-size SUV. Ford also expanded the Bronco engine line to provide a six-cylinder option in addition to the V8s. People who wanted a sporty SUV but who were concerned about the cost of gasoline could get a Bronco. While the second generation of Bronco used the F-100 as a base, the third generation used an F-150. The solid front axle was lost as well, replaced by an independent front suspension that made the Bronco more comfortable for those who wanted to use it as their daily driver and take it onto the highway in addition to off-road.
It was during this time that the Bronco IIwas introduced. The Bronco II was meant to provide a smaller alternative for young couples and single people. Significantly smaller than the Bronco, the Bronco II was proportioned more like the first generation of Bronco. This compact SUV used the Ford Ranger as its base in much the same way that the Bronco used the F-series as its basis. The Bronco II was discontinued within six years due to safety concerns. Due to its proportions and weight, the Bronco II would roll over for just no reason at all. By 1995 Ford had lost 113 million dollars to settle 334 lawsuits. Though it’s clear the Bronco II was innocent in many of these cases (one person was driving while intoxicated when his vehicle rolled) there was something legitimately wrong with the balancing of the off-roader. 1 in 500 Bronco IIs was involved in a fatal rollover.
Since the F-series trucks provided the basis for the Bronco, its evolution became tied to the popular Ford pickups. When Ford updated the F-series pickup in 1987, the Bronco came along for the ride. In addition to gaining the popular aero body style, the Bronco also was upgraded with electronic fuel injection. Safety features, like rear anti-lock brakes, were added around this time. By the late '80s, the Bronco had secured its place as a popular SUV and variant editions came out, like the Eddie Bauer edition, a Nite option package, and a Silver Anniversary Edition to commemorate 25 years of production. Until just recently Ford’s Eddie Bauer trim package was one of the more popular ones. Two-tone paint, cloth bucket seats, and wood burl trim are the features that defined an Eddie Bauer edition. These were ubiquitous in the ’90s and you can still find many of them around today. The Nite option was available in 1991 and 1992 for Broncos and F-150s. Nite edition vehicles came in Raven B...
The fifth and final generation of Bronco attained infamy when O.J. Simpson led the police on a car chase through L.A. Before that though, the three-door, hardtop SUV was geared more towards safety than previous generations of Bronco had been. The fifth generation was given substantial safety increases. From front crumple zones and three-point seatbelts to a driver-side airbag. Perhaps the most confusing of these safety features though was the decision to remove any reference to the removable top from the owner's manual. Though the fifth generation of Bronco was designed with a removable top in mind, it was no longer legal due to the seatbelts and brake lights. Since it was too late for a redesign, Ford simply removed all references to the removable top from the user manual and then used tamper-proof bolts to secure it. With the proper tool though, the top of the Bronco was still, for all intents and purposes, removable. O.J. isn’t responsible for killing the Ford Bronco at least, sa...
Have enough years passed for the Bronco to make its successful return? Ford thinks so and judging by the public’s response they might be right. We’re excited about the next generation of Bronco, and we hope that you are, too.
Jul 13, 2020 · The third-generation Bronco was on sale for just two years before the third generation appeared for 1980. It was slightly smaller, but had greater fuel efficiency than the previous model, and was now based on the popular Ford F-150 pickup truck.
- First Generation
- Third Generation
- Fourth Generation
- Fifth Generation
- The Awaited Sixth Generation
(*image source Car and Driver) The vehicle was launched in 1966 and was designed to compete with the Jeep CJ and the International Harvester Scout. The four-wheel-drive ‘66 Bronco was designed with flat windows, boxy sheet metal, and it came in three different body styles – station wagon, half-cab pickup, and roadster (pictured above).
(*image source Car and Driver) The third generation made the Bronco more compatible with on-road driving and a lighter ride with better fuel efficiency. They also replaced the spelled out FORD with their blue oval logo.
(*image source Car and Driver) In 1987, Ford always released a new F-150 model, therefore, the new Bronco adopted some of these features such as a rounder body and wraparound headlines and bumpers.
(*image source Car and Driver) The fifth generation made safety updates such as, a driver’s side airbag, seatbelts for the rear seats, and a center rear brake light. In mid 1996, Ford decided to discontinue the Bronco to make way for the four-door Ford Expedition to enter the market. The last Bronco was made at Michigan’s Ford Truck Plant on June 12, 1996 to the dismay of many Bronco fans.
(*image source Car and Driver) The rumors are true. After a long awaited 30 years, the Ford Bronco is back and the 2021 rendition will be built at the same plant where it was discontinued, Michigan’s Ford Truck Plant. Here are a few of the 2021 Ford Bronco features to get excited for: • New, fresh design that still allows it to be instantly recognizable as the retro Bronco icon • Two engine options – turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four that makes 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque and a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 (Car and Driver) • Fully remove doors • Updated off-roading hardware • Lots of available accessories Our team is so excited to see this new generation of the Ford Bronco come back to life! We believe that this outdoor icon is sure to bring value to dealers around the country. Are you excited for the Bronco to make a comeback? Let us know your thoughts on LinkedIn. Posted in: Dealers
Jul 06, 2020 · Third generation: 1980–1986. The short-lived second-generation Bronco was updated along with the rest of the F-Series lineup for 1980. A major change was a new “Twin Traction Beam” (TTB) front axle from Dana that would be the first independent front suspension available on a full-size 4×4.
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The Ford Bronco is a model line of sport utility vehicles manufactured and marketed by Ford.The first SUV model developed by the company, five generations of the Bronco were sold from the 1966 to 1996 model years; a sixth generation of the model line is an upcoming vehicle to be sold for the 2021 model year.
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The second generation of Ford Bronco was introduced for the 1978 model year. The second generation Bronco saw the model move to the full-size segment, whereas it had been a compact SUV previously. The Bronco was now based on the Sixth Generation F-Series F-100, and was only an inch shorter than the model it was based on. This latest generation was only offered as a three door SUV, and was only available in four wheel drive.