Ford Bronco: Old Is New Again

The original Ford Bronco was produced for thirty years, from 1966-1996. It was made on three continents, and was available as a three-door station wagon, a two-door pickup, or a two-door roadster. It originally was made as a compact MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) to compete with automobiles such as the International Harvester Scout, especially prior to the “SUV” era. The Bronco was enlarged in the 1970’s and was labeled a “full-size” SUV.

After twenty-five years in production, a special edition Bronco was unveiled, the Silver Anniversary (1991). Cosmetic changes included a grey leather interior and a Currant Red exterior It was only available with an automatic transmission and a V8 engine. After five generations, the Bronco was replaced with the Ford Expedition (1997), which was built to compete against the GMC Yukon and the Chevy Tahoe.

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While it doesn’t have any connection to the decision to remove the Bronco from the Ford stable, it is true that a Bronco became “the most famous car in America” due to a criminal investigation and police chase in Los Angeles in 1994 as law enforcement closed in on O.J. Simpson. The white Bronco he was in was filmed during a low-speed chase prior to Simpson’s arrest, and became part of, according to a 2017 CBS Sports,  “The most famous car chase in American history.”

Despite that particular low point in the Bronco’s timeline, it appears to have been given a second chance in removing itself from that particular instance and re-introducing itself as a mid-size SUV. It will replace the Ford Explorer, and will be made available to the public in 2020. We do not currently have any more details on the upcoming Bronco reveal, but if you’d like to keep up to date with anything released by Ford, you can do so by following them on social media. If you want to learn more about the older generations of the Bronco and speculate about what might be kept and what might be thrown out, you can do so by visiting the Bronco Wikipedia page.