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    WTF is this thing? This is the first I'm hearing about it.

    https://www.autoblog.com/2018/04/06/...#slide-7297537

    I thought that shadow teaser they showed was the 2020 Bronco, but apparently not? There's now a second product that will be FWD car based and smaller? But sort of look like a Bronco? I was reading the article and they kept referring to it as a crossover. I was like 'WTF, the Bronco will not be a crossover! Did they change their minds? If so, that's REALLY lame.' I thought maybe they were calling the new Bronco "Baby" because it will be smaller than the last full-size Bronco on the market. Is "Baby Bronco" really what they're going to call it?!

    Anyway, the video at the bottom says that the Bronco will be offered 2- or 4-door. I'm truly shocked! That's cool! Now, how about a manual?!
    Brad

    '79 Mercury Zephyr ES 5.0L GT40 EFI T-5 (Mustang LWB)
    '17 Ford Transit Connect Titanium LWB
    '14 Ford Fusion SE Manual

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    I don't know who wrote that article, but they have absolutely NO idea what they are talking about!

    The Bronco is 4 door only, 2.3L EcoBoost with 10R80 transmission as the only powertrain, sharing numerous components with the new Ranger and the AUS market Everest. It's squarely targeting the Wrangler. The new EcoSport SUV/CUV is chasing the Renegade/Fiat 500L. All of this is already stated by Ford.
    Jim DeAngelis
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    '83 GT hatch, currently under the knife

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    Weird that they would bring out a 13 year old concept car for that movie. Clearly the new actual Bronco will look nothing like it.

    The two-door thing is straight from Jim (Chris) Farley's mouth, so I guess I'd tend to believe him.

    And as far as I can tell, the "Baby" isn't taking the place of the EcoSport, although it's due for replacement soon. It's been out for years in other markets. The "Baby" will be slightly bigger. I guess since they're killing all the sedans, they might as well make every possible size of crossover.

    Is it just me, or do crossovers just not seem "honest"? Their looks or at least their stance write checks the actual product can't cash. That's why I like my van. It knows what it is, and it makes no apologies for it.
    Brad

    '79 Mercury Zephyr ES 5.0L GT40 EFI T-5 (Mustang LWB)
    '17 Ford Transit Connect Titanium LWB
    '14 Ford Fusion SE Manual

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZephyrEFI View Post
    Is it just me, or do crossovers just not seem "honest"? Their looks or at least their stance write checks the actual product can't cash. That's why I like my van. It knows what it is, and it makes no apologies for it.
    What!?! You mean that painting the rocker panels flat black doesn't actually increase ground clearance? The tail lights are shoulder-height so it must be sitting higher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZephyrEFI View Post
    The two-door thing is straight from Jim (Chris) Farley's mouth, so I guess I'd tend to believe him.
    I tend NOT to believe everything Farley says...

    According to Mike Berardi (director of Global Service Engineering at Ford), it's 4-door only. I've not known the man to be wrong often.
    Jim DeAngelis
    Cornucopia of Useless Knowledge
    Connoisseur of Dearborn Ferrous Oxide
    '83 GT hatch, currently under the knife

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZephyrEFI View Post
    And as far as I can tell, the "Baby" isn't taking the place of the EcoSport, although it's due for replacement soon. It's been out for years in other markets. The "Baby" will be slightly bigger. I guess since they're killing all the sedans, they might as well make every possible size of crossover. .
    How can the US market EcoSport be due for a replacement, when it was JUST introduced? From what I know, the Bronco is a Legacy nameplate product (like Mustang), not intended to compete with urban/suburban compact suv/cuv's. Bronco is intended to be an enthusiast (off-road capable) product.

    I guess we can really only wait and see, given conflicting information.
    Jim DeAngelis
    Cornucopia of Useless Knowledge
    Connoisseur of Dearborn Ferrous Oxide
    '83 GT hatch, currently under the knife

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    Hopefully I'll get more information in June during my annual training meeting at WHQ.
    Jim DeAngelis
    Cornucopia of Useless Knowledge
    Connoisseur of Dearborn Ferrous Oxide
    '83 GT hatch, currently under the knife

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    This is the Bronco (as opposed to the "Baby Bronco"). Looks like it could only be a 2-door to me...

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    Brad

    '79 Mercury Zephyr ES 5.0L GT40 EFI T-5 (Mustang LWB)
    '17 Ford Transit Connect Titanium LWB
    '14 Ford Fusion SE Manual

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