There was talk that Ford was considering resurrecting the Bronco nameplate with a smaller boxy looking Bronco II concept vehicle back in 2004 but Ford decided to shelf the idea due to gas being so expensive at the time, among many other reasons. Gas is cheaper now than it has been in a long time and GM is having major success with the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size trucks so we think its a perfect time for Ford to bring back the Ranger and spice it up with a totally redesigned mid-size Bronco II. If they really wanted to make a statement, the big blue oval boys would step it up a notch and release a full size bronco like they had back in the late 70’s. Can you imagine if they use a shortened version of the Raptor chassis and suspension setup and drop that 5.2L V8 from the GT350!
Notice I don’t say the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 that’s scheduled to come out in the 2017 Raptor. That’s because we still don’t agree with Ford’s powertrain choice for that upcoming release. Don’t get us wrong, we absolutely love the raptor, we have one of the current versions as our shop truck and I am here to tell you that when that truck starts up in the morning and that mighty 6.2L V8 growls to life, it might be one of the best sounding vehicles I have ever heard in my life.
Maybe we are a little biased but the thought of a V6 powering us through the desert at 100+ mph in a full-size off-road pickup just doesn’t sound right even as I keep saying it over and over. The key word is “Full Size,” it would be much different had we be talking about a FJ Cruiser or something along those lines. You know what, here is an idea, put that Ecoboost in the new Ranger and Bronco II. The only way that V6 will win our hearts is if it doesn’t sound like a V6, especially not a highly tuned V6, and it also has to have a ridiculous amount of power. We were thinking since its the same 3.5L V6 that is in the Ford GT putting out 650hp (they obviously wont use that same tune for the raptor), they could easily tune it down to a cool 600hp without taking anything away from their precious GT.
The guys at Bronco6G.com have taken bits and pieces from the 2004 concept and all other versions of the Bronco and made some renderings of what they think the new Bronco II should look like and we think they did a killer job at it. At first glance it looks really similar to the 04′ concept but as you look closer there are a lot of subtle but significant differences. You can even see small hints of current Ford design cues. I never liked the really boxy version of the Bronco II so i immediately like how they guys at BroncoG6 rounded off the edges in the back making it appear much smoother but yet maintaining the rigidity and manliness of what a Bronco should be.
If they really wanted to make a statement the big blue oval boys would step it up a notch and release a full size bronco like they had back in the late 70’s. Can you imagine, they use a shortened version of the Raptor chassis and suspension setup and drop that 5.2L V8 from the GT350!