2018 Ford Bronco might be facelifted Everest

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Ford are planning to stop production of the Focus and C-Max vehicles at its facility in Detroit in 2018, this potentially means that we could see a whole new range of SUV’s and pickups being produced there.

Speculation is rife, but we think a new mid-size Ranger may be produced, along with a brand new 2018 Ford Bronco (which we think will be a reworked Australian market Everest).

The old generation of Bronco was just that; old. It looked and felt dated, but the Bronco name is popular, so why wouldn’t Ford bring it back with some style? The Everest is sold in Australia and looks modern, cool and stylish – using that as a basis for the new Bronco would make sense.

The Bronco has been around for decades, since 1966 in fact, although back then, it was quite a compact vehicle. After 11 years of production, Ford turned it into a full-size vehicle when it was produced on the F100 platform.

A gap of about 6 years saw the Bronco II being produced on the Ranger platform, which meant sizes decreased again, although not dramatically.

If the Bronco does come back, it will need to compete with the ‘old school’ SUV’s like the Toyota 4Runner.

New Ford Bronco Release Date

Ford haven’t released any information at all regarding the new Ford 2018 Bronco, so the best guess for release to the public would be late 2017.

2018 Ford Bronco release date: late 2017

Also read about the 2018 Lincoln Navigator release date

2018 Ford Bronco Price

Costs are hard to predict, especially when so little is known about the new model, but we would expect that if the new Bronco is a restyled Everest, then prices should start around $30,000, however, if it’s a full size Bronco built on the F-150 platform, we’d expect to see 2018 Ford Bronco MSRP rise to approximately $45,000.

2018 Bronco Redesign

It’s possible that Ford could pay tribute to their own heritage and restyle the Everest to look like the retro styled Bronco Concept 2004.

And there are rumors to suggest they might just do that, however, we think they’ll restyle the Everest to a modern version, all new for 2018.

The other option is that Ford could use the mid-size F-150pickup platform, keeping the same form and styling as the truck, but adding a 3 or 5-door SUV body instead of a load area.

But we would have to ask … Why do we need the Bronco? The Expedition does everything the Bronco could, will Ford really invest so much in a new model that competes with its own line-up?

Anyway, we expect 2018 Ford Bronco concept which will show the actual design and features of the car.

2018 Ford Bronco Interior

The interior layout is largely depends on what Bronco will be or on what car it would be based. So, if it is a stand-alone model, in the retro style (like early concept cars), it could receive a old-fashoned interior, like Mustang.

In case it would be based on F-150 chassis (like Atlas concept) it could share its interior features. The same thing for possible US-spec Everest under 2018 Bronco designation.

Ford Bronco 2018 Video

2018 Bronco Specs

Structurally, the Australian and American versions of Everest, will likely to be similar, if not identical. Chassis construction, continuous rear axle on springs, permanent four-wheel drive mode selection with auxiliary electronics system works for different types of road surface, although this is likely to receive US modifications.

But the range of engines, we believe, could change: Diesel engines with a 2.3 or 3.2 liter displacement would sit in the range alongside the gasoline units, which are expected to come from the EcoBoost range. There could be 2018 Ford Bronco Raptor, features high-power engine (possibly a V8).

2018 Ford Bronco Pictures

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Comments
  • RR Littlesweet

    a four door Bronco is a nonstarter –makes it just another SUV

  • rick

    If this bronco does not have a roof that you can remove, don’t bother. people will not want it and it will be just another SUV

    • RJM

      I agree completely and I’ll add that they need to go to the original styling, possibly even size. I don’t hate the four door idea but they won’t capitalize on the Bronco brand by rebadging an explorer.

  • jb80538

    Looks like an Explorer. Probably wouldn’t be interested.

  • Robert Armstrong

    Frankly the only thing anybody knows is that they are building a Bronco…..otherwise I have read four different articles and it’s all speculation.

    • Jared A. Chambers

      They don’t even “know” that. So far it’s just a local union rep running his yap. Given past rumors, short of a FoMoCo press release, color me skeptical.

  • Blake Lee

    The Everest is ugly as Hell!

  • Rusty Johnson

    For real, if it doesn’t have the removable top then it doesn’t matter what they do with it.

  • JustMe

    I’m seeing base price ranges all of the board on this from $30,000-45,000. I have a 1997 Ford Explorer Sport, that I have kept in immaculate condition, just waiting for a two door SUV to re-enter the market….. I wish someone would post what the base model is going for…..

  • Roger

    The author lost me when he made the statement that the current Everest is produced in Australia. It is not now and never was built in Australia. Rangers and Everests for the Australian market are built in Thailand. This entire article appears to be nothing more than a rehash of stuff from all over the internet with little or no fact checking. In his defense, because most of this is pure speculation, there are precious few facts to check. He could have at least checked those that are verifiable.
    Anyway, the original Bronco was not as small as some would like to remember. It was actually built on a modified F-100 chassis and shared many components with the half ton trucks of that era. The track was a couple of inches narrower than the F-100. The original design was built from 1966 to 1977. I have a 1975 Bronco.

  • pat

    They have to stick with the original design (2 door). Dodge made the Charger 4 door to attract the family man. This is crazy, like a man should be driving his family around in a 500 + horse power vehicle. We have lost a lot of great cars that may never return. Olds 442, Pontiac Trans Am, Pontiac GTO, These auto manufacturers come out with a new design and give it an old name and expect the vehicle to become popular again over night. (Malibu). Just think about how many front wheel drive 4 door sedans are out on the market today. Build it 4 door and its just another SUV

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Everlasting rumors of the new Bronco still doesn't materialize, however partly confirmed. Under the famous name might be produced one more ordinary mid-size SUV.

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