The new Ford Bronco is almost here. After years of waiting and an agonizing start to 2020 filled with delays, we know the Bronco will finally be officially revealed in July. But before then, the folks over at TFL have uncovered yet more leaks and photos about the new off-road SUV. This latest round of information confirms the option of a very special seven speed manual, as well as some other suspension and drivetrain details. Long story short, the new Bronco will be packed to the gills with content, and is coming out swinging.
The image above, sent to TFL by an anonymous source, seems to prove the seven speed manual we reported on earlier. But this won’t be a traditional manual, as the seventh gear is a crawler gear designed specifically for low speed off-roading. This was a common feature on older trucks, but hasn’t been seen in a while. Importantly, it’s a feature the Jeep Wrangler doesn’t offer in its manual transmission. The other six gears will operate like any H-pattern six-speed gearbox.
The photo also confirms rumors of a new, larger infotainment display than we have seen in other products. No, it’s not the flat screen TV found in the Mustang Mach-E, but that’s a much different car. Spy photos of the new Ford F-150, set for reveal just before the Bronco on June 25, show a similar screen. This new infotainment will likely be rolled out across most all-new Ford products coming out over the next few years.
Also in the photo, the dial under the HVAC controls shows what looks to be a four wheel drive selector. This feature indicates, like the Wrangler, the Ford Bronco will be able to swap from rear to four wheel drive to best operate in a variety of driving conditions.
Other photos sent to TFL show the Bronco will get yet more off-road goodies. It’s expected to have independent suspension, which will have a better ride and handling in everyday conditions a small tradeoff in off-road ability. The Wrangler’s live axle setup allows for superior wheel travel and articulation, but Ford is looking to combat this with the ability to disconnect the front and rear sway bars, based on a photo of some buttons in the interior and underbody photos. They also support the Bronco featuring front and rear locking differentials. Finally, another photo shows the Bronco should get a line of auxiliary switches to hook up lights and accessories.