Ford Teases Three New Models Including The Escape, Explorer And Baby Bronco

Earlier this year, Ford held a presentation where they teased a handful of new models including the Bronco, Baby Bronco, Explorer ST and Mustang Shelby GT500. While that’s typically where the story ends, the automaker has released the full presentation and it’s packed with new – although slightly old – photos.

Kicking things off, the presentation includes pictures of the 2020 Escape and Escape Hybrid. Both models are shown underneath a sheet, but the images suggest the crossover will have a sportier roofline, an upward sweeping character line and a more rounded design.

The redesigned Escape has already been spotted by spy photographers and it expected to be offered with a handful of engines including a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder.  The model could also offer a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder with up to 180 hp (133 kW).

 

 

Since we’ve already see the Explorer a handful of times, we’ll skip to the image of the so-called Baby Bronco. The original teaser showed the model’s front end, but this picture shows the crossover from the side.

The new perspective reveals a strong resemblance to the 2020 Bronco as both have a flat roof, a short hood and an similarly raked windscreen. While standard Bronco appears to be a two-door Jeep Wrangler competitor, the Baby Bronco has four-doors and will be noticeably smaller than its larger counterpart. The model also eschews the rear-mounted spare tire in what is presumably a nod to practicality.

 

 

Another interesting slide shows five crossovers and notes hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains will be offered across the SUV lineup. Ford has already confirmed plans to offer hybrid versions of the Bronco, Escape and Explorer, but there’s no word on which models are in the picture.

The two models on the far right appear to be the Explorer, so this could mean the model will be offered as both a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The image could also be a simple mockup without any specific meaning.

Getting away from the teasers, one of the slides confirms Ford will introduce four new nameplates. There’s no word on which models the company is talking about, but two of them are likely the Baby Bronco and the Mach 1 / Performance Battery Electric Utility.

The Focus Active could potentially count for another, while the rumored Fusion sport wagon might be the fourth. That’s far from certain at this point, but many of the company’s upcoming products – such as the Bronco and Ranger – are simply rivals and not new nameplates.

 

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  • ErnieB

    Waiting for the Bronco!!!

  • Puddingpopper

    What is this… SUVscoops?

  • botornot387

    how do you tease a baby bronco, when you don’t have a bronco to show? Also, I know they are moving away from sedans because they don’t sell well, but how much product overlap are they looking to have in SUV’s before they end up cannibalizing themselves.

  • Yishay

    Oh for goodness sake…this starting to get ridiculous. Just show the stupid cars!!!!

  • Yishay

    One thing we already know, the Explorer will be a rebadge Aviator. That’s a given.

    The escape will probably have that tacky catfish mouth grill.

    And the “baby” bronco will draw strong cues from the Jeep Wrangler mixed with a Toyota F cruiser

    • charlotteharry57

      The Aviator will be a rebadged Explorer! With a LOT of sheetmetal differences.

      • Dr Professor Weezle Eye

        YOU DONT KNOW THAT! – Frank Costanza

    • Six Thousand Times

      Ever grill any catfish? Pretty tasty.

  • Zandit75

    Surely the Explorer is not shown at a realistic size compared to the Escape?

    • MarketAndChurch

      I hope the Escape is not that small.

    • ErnieB

      The little ones are growing up!

      • Zandit75

        My thought was in the other direction. The Explorer looks way too large in proportion to the Escape.

  • ErnieB
    • ME

      I hope aluminum isnt used where accidents are most prone. F-150 buyers seem not happy with repair costs.

  • drc

    So done with “teasers”, that was somewhat fun 20 years ago. Today, it’s a bore.

  • Hot Twink

    The teaser of the baby Bronco’s side profile suggests a short(er) front overhang, from what is visible.

    This could indicate a longitudinally mounted engine and transmission, resulting in a longitudinal rear-wheel drive based all-wheel drive system. This would also mean it’s possible the baby Bronco could have a transfer case with center lock and low range.

    Transverse front-wheel drive based all-wheel drive systems (like the Jeep Renegade, Compass, and Cherokee use) don’t have transfer cases. Instead they use a front PTO and rear RADM.

  • WalthamDan

    Will the new Escape be recalled ten times in its first couple of years again?

    • Six Thousand Times

      And how many Exploders will end up upside-down?

  • Paul

    The Bronco one is the most titillating because all the purists want it to like it used to be. If they come out with some lame crossover they’ll never here the end of it.

    • Emoto

      It is certainly the most interesting, if for nothing else than it may represent Ford entering a market niche that Jeep virtually owns. The Wrangler has had year after year of record sales since the JK premiered, and that has to have made the other manufacturers take notice. GM was rumored to be considering a direct competitor for the Wrangler not long ago, but those rumors seem to have died out.

      Obviously, it remains to be seen what sort of critter this new Bronco is. As a Jeep owner myself, I am hoping that it competes directly with the Wrangler, because that will only lead to improvement.

  • john1168

    please don’t screw up the Explorer ST, please don’t screw up the Explorer ST, please don’t screw up the Explorer ST…

  • MarkoS

    I am hoping to see a Maverick comeback for the baby Bronco.

  • LeStori

    Bord Baby Bronco = Ford Foal….

  • ErnieB

    Are we there yet? Read on IG that it would be based on the Bronco II— but it’s IG..lol maybe a Bronco and a Bronco II?

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