Ford Plots Baby Bronco SUV Based On Focus Underpinnings For 2019 Or 2020

A few months ago, our vigilant spy photographers caught a Ford Fiesta mule that was thought to be hiding a new small SUV.

Since then, Ford confirmed that it’s working on “a yet-to-be named rugged small utility” vehicle. Fast forward to the present day, and a report coming from Reuters talks about a new small off-roader, currently referred to as the ‘baby Bronco’.

Expected to arrive in 2019 or 2020, it will benefit from “off-road positioning and imagery”, in the words of Hau Thai-Tang, the company’s Executive VP for Product Development and Purchasing, who briefly talked about the model at an investor conference in New York.

Also Read: 2020 Ford Bronco: Here’s What We Know So Far

Using the word “off-roader” to describe it might be a long stretch as, unlike the real Bronco that will arrive in 2020 with a body-on-frame construction, the small SUV will be based on the same platform as the new Focus.

The architecture is extremely versatile and supports different vehicles, and besides the Focus, the Escape should lend some of its features, too. Some (if not all) of the engines will likely come from the next generation Escape.

Ford is also thought to be working on a pickup version based on the same platform. It’s said to be aimed at the North American market, at first, and could also go on sale in Europe eventually.

  • Christian

    Ford Kuga/Escape…

    • Earl Scheib

      YOU mean Journey Escape.

      • Christian

        Don’t stop believing ?

  • Mr. EP9

    … will benefit from “off-road positioning and imagery”

    So, a Jeep Renegade competitor I take?

  • MarkoS

    I am going for Maverick.

  • ErnieB

    Come on ford! Show it!

  • kachuks

    Just another crossover.

  • Bananarama

    Bronco… based on a Focus…

    FFS…. what a let down. It’ll basically be a Ford Renegade then? A jacked up Dart/sedan?

    Lack of body-on-frame is stupidly shameful for this nameplate.

  • sidewaysspin

    America’s Jimny.

    • performante

      Far from it. At least the Jimny has a full chassis and good capabilities.

      This thing from Ford will be a joke in comparison.

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