Ford Bronco - Everything You Need To Know | Up to Speed
Bronco debuted in August 1965. The car was offered in versions of the wagon, semi-cab and roadster (the latter was not popular and was discontinued in 1968). It was a practical vehicle, fairly simple equipment, without any frills, but at the same time highly adaptable to various kinds of activities. Bronco was equipped with a 107-horsepower 6-cylinder engine with a three-speed manual gearbox. The machine was not even in the options. In 1966, 18,200 cars were sold.
In the following years, the model was improved. In 1970, the Sport package became standard. In 1971, 18,700 cars rolled off the assembly line.
At this time, Bronco has decent competitors in the automotive market, and in order to keep the car afloat, it is undergoing modernization.
In 1973, an automatic transmission and power steering appeared, and the volume of the base engine rose to 3.3 liters. The efforts of Ford specialists were not in vain, as evidenced by the increase in sales to 26,300 copies.
The mid-70s energy crisis played a fatal role in the history of Bronco. In 1977, the production of the first Bronco was discontinued, now the cars of 1966-1977 are considered classics.
In 1978, a large Bronco appeared, strongly resembling an F-150 pickup truck, which was produced until 1996. The full-size (4510x1960x1860 mm) three-door six-seat Bronco wagon of 1980 with a removable plastic roof was essentially a four-wheel drive pickup with a shortened base. In its relatively simple and durable design guessed belonging to trucks. Patency turned out to be quite high, so the model has long remained popular. Attracting buyers and elements of comfort, for example, power steering, adjustable tilt steering column and the system maintain a given speed, not to mention the powerful and high-torque V8 engines in combination with three- and four-band automatic transmissions Automatic Orerdrive and Cruise-0-Matic . Fuel consumption is about 20 liters per 100 km.
Salon Bronco is typical for large American cars - immense, but not without a share of comfort, which create soft, seats. The interior is trimmed with high-quality materials, and the anatomical seats are equipped with adjustable tilt and height. Huge overhanging instrument panel, a large "glove box", a niche in the panel and console. Even in the cheapest versions, heating due to the removal of heat from the engine is very effective.
The line of powertrains included: carburetor base 6-cylinder 4.9-liter engine; V8 - 150 hp injection 4.9-liter and 210-hp carburetor 5.8-liter (with the latter fuel consumption reached 25 l / 100 km).
The car was offered in trim levels: S, XL or XLT. Depending on the configuration equipped with 4 - or 5-speed manual gearbox.
In 1982, they changed the grille - it became completely chrome-plated.
In January 1983, the Bronco II compact SUV debuted. Its interior, of course, is smaller than that of the “older” Bronco, but the interior was designed in the same style. Chassis frame design, independent front spring suspension, rear spring. Switchable front axle. The main engines for the Bronco II carburetor 2.8-liter and injector 2.9-liter V6 with 140 hp - in terms of fuel consumption, they were slightly inferior to larger power units (up to 19 l / 100 km). In addition, a 2.3-liter turbodiesel with a capacity of 86 hp was installed on the Bronco II, with which the fuel consumption did not exceed 15 l / 100 km. KP was a 5-speed manual, as well as a 4-band automatic Automatic Overdrive. There are also options with a drive only on the rear axle.
In 1988, the front of the Bronco II was updated, but in 1990, the more practical five-door Ford Explorer station wagon replaced the Bronco II models.
Returning to Bronco, we note that in 1984, more serious changes occurred in optics. In 1992 was restyled. Expanded list of complete sets. There was a new 205-strong 4.9-liter V8 injection engine instead of 120-horsepower.
At the end of 1993, Bronco began installing a new 5.8-liter power unit with a capacity of 208 hp. In 1994, standard airbags were included.
And now, after a long break, the life of Bronco seems to start again.
Concept Bronco presented in Detroit, in the opinion and vision of Ford, should resemble the first car models: a square shape, a high and flat roof, round headlights and a sign with the name of the car integrated into a modern grille. Despite the bright underlining of its past heritage in the concept car, many new interesting solutions: the usual headlights gave way to LED and halogen light sources, 18-inch wheels with beautiful 6-spoke aluminum wheels and the roof is divided into two parts. The asceticism of the appearance of the new model, should serve as its individualization in the numerous SUV market.
The interior is made in monotonous colors: warm gray tones and the inclusion of aluminum inserts in the toolbar give the car a modern look. The front passenger seats are covered with suede leather with the same color of leather.
A modern transmission, a two-liter turbo diesel with an intercooler (common rail Duratorq TDCi from the company's European range), a six-speed PowerShift box and an all-wheel drive system with the brand name Intelligent are hidden under the conservative concept shell. The dual-clutch PowerShift box is capable of transmitting up to 450 Nm, which opens up a wide scope for tuning fans. The engine has a capacity of 130 hp and 330 Nm at 1800 rpm. Such indicators are equally well suited for off-road and for moving around the city. In this case, the engine has two interesting additions. First, overboost is a short-term increase in boost pressure, which raises torque to 350 Nm. Secondly, the tank with "nitra" (nitrogen oxide) and the corresponding red button, pressing and holding that, you can add 50 hp to the motor, and about 20 km / h to the car.
Specifications: Car type - SUV with a permanent 4WD drive Length 4078mm. Width 1861mm. Height is 1790mm. Wheelbase 2410mm.
Translated from English, "Bronco" means a wild, unbroken horse.