It was a 4x4 SUV produced from 1966 to 1996 with four distinct generations, and is an aged model. The Ford Bronco is a big, brawny, and powerful off roader that had strong sales especially to fans of the big and brawny V8 powered four wheelers. This vehicle has certainly been an icon to hard-core off roaders because of the fact that it has a simple yet tough and rugged design and muscular structure that guarantees quite an exceptional maneuverability, either on the road, or off of it.
An instant success, the Ford Bronco then left behind all the other emerging leisure four-wheel drives in the market because of sales of 18, 200 units all during its entire first year of production. This vehicle was continually updated up until 1977. After that year, a much larger Bronco was then introduced. It was built to look like a simple and authentic sport utility vehicle. It has disciplined road manners and features excellent trips on the rough roads.
At the outset, the Ford Bronco was introduced as a competitor for the Jeep CJ-5 and the International Harvester Scout. It was small in size, which had a 92 inch wheelbase. However, this made the Ford Bronco popular for off road and some other uses. But this also made this SUB quite impractical for towing. In the late 1970s, a major redesign based on the Ford F-series truck then brought a larger Bronco to compete now with the Chevrolet K5 Blazer and the Dodge Ramcharger. The Bronco's successor is the Ford Expedition.
Popular culture found the Ford Bronco a part of it. The Ford Bronco was cast in the popular culture society in 1994 as the vehicle which O.J. Simpson had traveled during the much-proclaimed low-speed chase with police through the Los Angeles area. The Bronco that was used that time was owned by Al Cowlings and was a white 1993 model.
The Ford Bronco was designed to have its axles and brakes sourced from the Ford F-100 four wheel drive truck. Its front axle was located by leading arms and a lateral track bar, thus allowing the use of coil springs which gave the Bronco a tight turning circle, long wheel travel, and an anti-dive geometry which was quite useful for snowplowing. It was also given a more conventional rear suspension with leaf springs in a typical Hotchkiss design. Given as an option was a heavy duty suspension. Its engine was the Ford 170 cubic inch straight six that was modified with solid valve lifters, a six quart oil pan, heavy duty fuel pump, oil-bath air cleaner, and a carburetor with a float bowl compensated against tilting. Styling was attacked with simplicity and economy, thus giving the Ford Bronco a look with all glass flat, bumpers with simple C-sections, a simple box-section ladder frame, and basic left and right door skins identical except for mounting holes.
Production was then dropped in 1997 for this SUV. However, come 2004, at the North American International Auto Show, a Bronco concept car was introduced that held some features of the concept car still intact. What changed for this concept car was that it held a 2.0-liter intercooled turbo diesel engine and a six-speed transmission.
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