We really been hoping that Ford would build an old-school, two-door version of its new Bronco. However, , speaking to an anonymous engineer source at Ford about the Bronco's development, has reported that the Bronco will exclusively be a four-door vehicle. This stands in contrast to the Bronco's main rival, the Jeep Wrangler, which will get a two-door version in its next generation.
Pictured above, a four-door Bronco rendering from .
When reached for comment by Road & Track a Ford spokesperson said that "we will have more information about Bronco passenger configurations closer to launch."
According to Gear Patrol's source, "there’s just no market" for a two-door Bronco. Gear Patrol did confirm that the Bronco will have a 500mm wading depth, but its source said that a "Raptor" version is "not even in the works yet." The Bronco will reportedly also get a 325-hp, 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6—the same unit used in the Fusion Sport and the 2018 F-150—and a hybrid version is a possibility too. Starting price for the Bronco should be around $30,000, per Gear Patrol's source.
These are all exciting details, but the source also expressed frustration with the Bronco's development. Apparently, Ford is having trouble settling on a design.
"They just commissioned another design study, because they feel it looks too much like a Wrangler," Gear Patrol's source said. "If you’re familiar with the [Ford] Troller, out of Brazil, that’s the basic concept, but it’ll look like a four-door version of that."
Where the Ford GT was designed mostly in secret by a small, cohesive team, the opposite is reportedly true for the Bronco. Gear Patrol's source says too many parts of the company are weighing in on the Bronco and Ford is "missing the point" of what it should be. Regardless, the Bronco is still on target to reach the market for the 2020 model year, but clearly Ford has a lot of work to do between now and then.
A grain of salt is necessary, since none of these details are confirmed yet. A Ford spokesperson simply told us that "we'll have more details closer to launch." As ever, you can catch up on everything we know about the Bronco right here.