The Ford Bronco family of vehicles is coming soon, very soon. Recently, we have only had leaked details on the crossover Bronco Sport. But to us, the Jeep Wrangler rivaling Bronco is the more exciting vehicle. Thanks to leaked information brought up by TFLcar, we now have new information on the Bronco, regarding it’s transmission and interior.
Like the Wrangler, the Bronco will offer a manual transmission to buyers who want the purest off-roading experience possible and just like to row their own gears. But where the Wrangler offers a six-speed, the Bronco will supposedly get a seven-speed manual. This gearbox won’t be traditional, though.
Instead, the Ford Bronco will have 6 forward driving gears, a reverse gear, and an extra seventh gear dedicated to low speed crawling. This could be labeled as “L” and be located below and to the left of first. Because this gear is intended for only low speed off-roading, Ford may have some kind of lockout mechanism to prevent drivers from accidentally shifting into it at road speeds.
This could be a physical lockout that only opens when the Bronco is below a certain speed or at a stop. In addition, the gear could only be available in four wheel drive and with the transfer case in low range. It’s something that was used in the olden days, but hasn’t been seen on modern cars for some time. Still, it will be very useful in low speed off-roading situations the Bronco will aim to conquer.
In addition, TFLcar has obtained images of a new center stack and infotainment system that is presumably from the upcoming Ford Bronco. The screen looks to be a similar size to leaked images of the new 2021 Ford F-150 interior. It’s likely Ford is rolling out a new infotainment system on both of these vehicles. It’s unclear if the Escape-based Bronco Sport will get this system or not. In addition, the HVAC controls also look very similar to the F-150 leaked images.
The reveal for the upcoming Bronco family should be just around the corner, as Ford has said it will still be revealed in spring. Chances are, Ford will unveil the new Bronco vehicles and next generation F-150 at a standalone event with limited audience due to recent auto show cancelations. The Bronco should arrive in dealerships in early 2021.