For months, car bloggers and other media outlets have speculated that Ford plans to re-release its very popular Bronco SUV under a different name — the Ford Troller.
While Ford has yet to officially announce anything about the release, more information has surfaced regarding the specifics of this reinvented iconic car.
The two-door Ford Bronco was discontinued in 1996 — a year before the car became a household name thanks to the infamous O.J. Simpson car chase. The Bronco was discontinued in response to market demand for four-door vehicles. It was replaced by the four-door Ford Expedition.
It appeared that the vehicle might make a comeback in 2004, when a new Bronco concept was showcased at the Detroit Auto Show. The vehicle featured a 2.0L turbo diesel engine that yielded 128 horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission and an exterior reminiscent of the original vehicle with a classic short wheelbase, round headlamp and box-like roofline.
Despite obvious excitement about the vehicle among car enthusiasts, Ford never moved forward with the project following the show.
This year, the Bronco has been back in the headlines with rumors that the new model — The Ford Troller — could be released as early as 2016. The Ford Troller will allegedly be available in one diesel and two gasoline engine types when it is launched in the U.S., paired with a six-speed manual and automatic transmission. All engines reportedly come with four-wheel drive setup.
Gasoline Engine Option 1:
- Engine: 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost
- Horespower: 365
Gasoline Engine Option 2:
- Engine: 5.0-liter V8 engine
- Horsepower: 5,500 rpm
Diesel Engine Option:
- Engine: 4.5-liter
The new Bronco is supposedly modeled after the Ford Ranger truck — a popular model in Australia.
Car enthusiasts must wait for confirmation from Ford, but if the rumors are right then the car millions have been waiting for will be back on the road.