OK, so this is the concpet Bronco that's been shown the last few seasons at the autoshows around the country. Love it, very much inspired by the original. Now this was never intended to be a big V-8 brute this time around, so news that if it comes to be it will be based on the Fiesta mechanicals didn't disturb me like the guys from AutoBlog. The concept was Diesel powered and showed hopes for real off road capability. Too early to judge, I'll wait until more details are out.
Now, this is the South American Ford EcoSport mini SUV based on Fiesta mechanicals with all wheel drive. From the picture I would say it should be at least minimally capable. Maybe not Rubicon ready, but enough for the average person. And let's face it, how many peole bring their SUVs and trucks off road. I have the "OffRoad" package on my pickup and have had occasion, but rarely.
This is the original Bronco built from 1965 to 1976 a very capable off roader with either an inline 6 or small block V8. The original had the option of removing the hardtop, installing a soft top or a "bobbed" cab. Very rugged, but more civilized than the Jeep CJs of the time.
Again the South American Ford EcoSport, what may be the basis of the new Ford Bronco. AutoBlog seems disapointed, but I'm optomistic. The EcoSport looks fairly capable and it's solid Fiesta underpinnings and promising fuel economy make this look like a perfect response to the new Jeep/Chrysler crossover SUVs and the crop of new foreign competition.
Wait and see, this could be a great vehicle for Ford if they keep some of the styling and off road promise.