After a short coronavirus-related delay, Ford has announced the highly anticipated Bronco will finally be unveiled on July 9th.
As you’re undoubtedly aware, Simpson drove a Bronco while trying to elude police following the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. An estimated 95 million people watched the chase live and it was an iconic moment of the 1990s.
The event is still remembered more than 25 years later as Ford asked social media fans for their Bronco stories earlier this year. A number of replies mentioned the O.J. Simpson chase.
— Ford Motor Company (@Ford) June 13, 2020
While the Bronco will be unveiled in less than a month, we’ve already seen countless undisguised photos. The model will feature a somewhat retro design with circular headlights, bulging fender flares and slab-sided bodywork. The SUV will also have a Wrangler-like removable roof as well as two- and four-door body styles.
The Jeep-like similarities don’t end there as previous pictures have suggested the Bronco will be offered with front and rear locking differentials as well as an electronic sway bar disconnect. These features should enable the model to go toe-to-toe with the Wrangler Rubicon.
Under the hood, we can expect to find two different engines. The entry-level unit will be a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that should produce 270 hp (201 kW / 274 PS) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. There could also be a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with 325 hp (242 kW / 330 PS) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque.
While most drivers will likely opt for a ten-speed automatic transmission, recent photos have confirmed the Bronco will be offered with a seven-speed manual. It features six traditional gears as well as a “crawler gear” for off-roading.