Ford's 'Baby Bronco' Rumored to Have a Real Name

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
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The affectionately nicknamed “Baby Bronco” is due to debut later this year. Unfortunately, rather than being a pint-sized ORV, the vehicle is presumed to be a crossover sharing parts with the Escape and Focus. While none of us should have been shocked Ford would make this into a lifestyle vehicle, many held out hopes that the Diet Bronco would be more than a city car playing dress-up.

Confirmation that the auto would be unibody certainly took some of the wind out of its sails, but the model is still surrounded by intrigue. Most that stems from wondering exactly how capable the Bronco Jr. will be on a gnarly trail. The rest has to do with what Ford is actually going to call it, as nobody was positive it would hold onto the Bronco moniker.

According to Ford Authority, the vehicle’s official title will be the Bronco Adventurer:

The new naming convention will help identify the smaller Bronco model within the revived Bronco lineup, which will also include the “regular” Ford Bronco model, which will be larger and ride on a body-on-frame platform when compared to the smaller, unibody Bronco Adventurer.

Notably, Ford has yet to file a trademark application for Bronco Adventurer. Previously, it filed an application for Bronco Scout, which many believed will be the name for the smaller Bronco model.

Since it’s utilizing Ford’s C2 platform, expect a batch of four-cylinder engines and front-wheel drive at launch. All-wheel drive is supposed to be an option, though perhaps not immediately. A plug-in hybrid version is also rumored to be in the works.

Thus far, all we’ve seen of the car are some camouflaged spy shots and a handful of leaked images from a Ford dealer meeting in Las Vegas. Aimed at mimicking the original Bronco’s boxy body, the Adventurer is rumored to be one of several models occupying a pseudo sub-brand targeting Jeep. The crossover is also designed to be highly customizable, incorporating a removable hard top and doors that can be stored in the vehicle’s cargo area.

Assembly is claimed to begin in the second half of 2020 at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant.

[Image: Ford Motor Co.]

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  • TheDumbGuy TheDumbGuy on Aug 04, 2019

    Will this 'thing' have a 3 cylinder or 4 cylinder motor, and will it be made in Turkey or India. ? I think Ford is keeping the most important details for us to find out later.

    • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Aug 04, 2019

      It is going to be an Escape with more ground clearance so I'd expect the same 1.5, 2.0 and eventually 2.5 4cyls available in it. The only thing I expect to be different in the power train is the final drive ratio because of the larger diameter tires.

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Aug 04, 2019

    How about calling it the Pinto. or the Aspire since it aspires to be a Bronco.

    • Mcs Mcs on Aug 04, 2019

      Bronco MTV - Mall Terrain Vehicle

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