CALL ON ALL ROAD FANS !: Ford Bronco is finally coming to Europe

CALL ON ALL ROAD FANS !: Ford Bronco is finally coming to Europe


Since 1966, the Ford Bronco has been equivalent to off-road capabilities in the United States. The arrival of a new version in Europe is now official.

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Ford used the US National Day event to spread the good news. However, the vehicle for each area will only be sold by us from the end of 2023.

When Ford launched the next generation of Bronco in the summer of 2020, emotions from car fans on this Atlantic side were mixed. Indeed, the fact that the American manufacturer is taking the story far from the new style, after a 25-year break from the end of production, was exciting. But this ad was accompanied by a downside, because this style was not to be sold in Europe. Too bad!

Two years later, in the summer of 2022, Ford announces color on this American national holiday: “A real off-road icon is about to cross the Atlantic”, announces the manufacturer. And sure: the new version of Bronco will finally settle here, Europe and Switzerland. For a small number and only in the four-door version, of course, but the same. “We are delighted to be able to provide this imported car to our European customers,” said Matthias Tonn, chief engineer at Ford Europe, responsible for imported cars from the United States.

A talented athlete

The new Bronco picks up, externally and internally, some design features from its grandfather introduced in 1966 and combines them with durability which is also a hallmark of Ford’s F series. It did not steal his ‘GOAT’ nickname from American football star Tom. Brady, but got it from his all-wheel drive, support systems such as Route Control and seven-way general steering: “GOAT” in this case does not mean “Greatest of All Time”, but “Flows Over Any Theme. “, which is to say that it goes everywhere.

Unlike the United States, where the sensible version of the Bronco Sport brand is also released, only the off-road version of Bronco will be sold in Europe. As with its direct competitor, the Jeep Wrangler, certain body parts of the Bronco can be demolished, such as the hardtop and doors. “It was important for us that the new Bronco would develop the history of this series of storytelling in the most realistic way possible,” says software developer Paul Wraith. He added: “With each decision, we were guided by how we could further improve the performance of this popular off-road vehicle, how we could better respond to the needs of our customers and what strengthened the Bronco brand.

Only a four-door version will be sold in Switzerland.  The three doors, along with Bronco Sport will not be officially imported.

Only a four-door version will be sold in Switzerland. The three doors, along with Bronco Sport will not be officially imported.

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Despite its rustic character, the new Bronco has the convenience of modern digital devices.

Despite its rustic character, the new Bronco has the convenience of modern digital devices.

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Self-suspension ensures good driving comfort on the road.

Self-suspension ensures good driving comfort on the road.

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Emphasis is placed on the land management system and seven off-road driving programs: three for off-road driving, four for off-road driving. The two-stage transfer case regulates the flow of force between the axles – they are supplied in two forms, with 100% electronic or electromechanical control. The rear axle lock is standard, for the front axle lock is optional. Flexible stabilizer roofs further improve off-road capacity. As befits a modern road traveler, Bronco has many modern off-road support systems, such as an automatic crawl, in which the driver is required to guide the vehicle only, or a “backpack assistant”, which can reduce the diameter. turning off the road by up to 40% through targeted brake measures.

So Ford Bronco will arrive in Europe – but fans of the US-based ship will have to wait longer, as sales begin only at the end of next year. There is still no information about engines and prices. In the United States, Bronco is powered by a 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 273 hp as well as a 2.7-liter V6 that produces 314 hp. A prime example is the Bronco Raptor with a 312 kW (424 hp) V6 3 liter. Will this variant help us in Europe? Case to follow.