Fans of the long-anticipated 2020 Ford Bronco are finally getting some hints for the final design with today’s announcement of Bronco R prototype race truck. This is Ford’s first tease of anything resembling the all-new Bronco.
On November 22, 2019, the Ford Bronco R racer will debut at this year’s Baja 1000, the legendary off-road race. What’s interesting is that, according to Ford, the design is intended to reflect that of the production truck.
“Like the original Bronco, we kept Bronco R’s design authentic and simple, with a roll cage on a production-style frame, and a five-piece lightweight body on top,” said Brian Novak, Ford Performance off-road racing supervisor. “For the endurance needs of Baja’s 1,000 gruelling miles, we built in a limited number of race-focused parts. But even the twin turbos of the EcoBoost engine are representative of what the production Bronco will offer.”
Reading between the lines, you can count on the core lines of the Bronco R to mimic those of the final production version of the Bronco. Roughly speaking, expect the grille shape, hoodline, fenders (except the flares), A-, B-, and C-pillars to look like those of the roadgoing Bronco. In the Bronco R, there looks to be a hint of tail lamp design, as well.
Novak mentions that the powerplant is a twin-turbo EcoBoost, which hopefully is a Raptor-spec, 3.5-litre unit, which produces 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, but we suspect that kind of power might be too high of a target for the Bronco at introduction. Expect an automatic transmission and, if enthusiasts have been heard, an optional manual gearbox.
Ford will debut the production 2020 Bronco in the coming weeks.
Images courtesy of Ford.