Since Ford’s vow in 2017 to bring back the Bronco, fans have eagerly awaited its return. Based on a foundation from the current-generation Ford Ranger, the reveal of the midsize SUV is expected this July.
There were five generations of Bronco, built from 1966 to mid-1996, when Ford announced the discontinuation of the Bronco to make way for the Expedition. The second-generation was moved to a larger F-150 chassis (to better compete with the Chevrolet K5 Blazer, Dodge Ramcharger and Jeep Cherokee).
The first-generation of Broncos, from 1966 to 1977, had their own box-section, body-on-frame chassis, according to Wikipedia. Built on a 92-inch wheelbase it was sized between the Jeep CJ-5 and International Scout, the major competitors of its day.
To simplify production, all examples were sold with four-wheel drive, a shift-on the-fly Dana 20 transfer case and locking hubs. The rear axle was a Ford 9-inch axle with Hotchkiss drive and leaf springs. The front axle was a Dana 30, replaced by a Dana 44 in 1971.
All generations of Bronco to date have been built at Ford’s Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne, Mich. And the 2021 Ford Bronco, offered in two- and four-door body styles, also will built at the nameplate’s birthplace, alongside the Ranger.