History of Ford Bronco
History of Ford Bronco
First Generation (1966-1977)
The Bronco was initially designed as an off-road vehicle similar to the Jeep CJ. The different varieties of the Bronco were a station wagon, a half-cab, or a roadster. Of the three, the wagon emerged as the clear winner with its three-door design. It came to be called the Bronco and featured a four-wheel-drive system.
The first Bronco model came with plenty of accessories that could be purchased with the vehicle. The Bronco became incredibly popular in 1974 when it sold a whopping 26,000 units.
Second Generation (1978-1979)
The second-generation model of the Bronco included a removable hardtop, as well as a V8 engine update, which gave the vehicle immense power. This iteration received only a lukewarm response due to its high price, and minor adjustments over the years. Interestingly, this generation witnessed the introduction of the rear window that lowered into the door, which became one of the Bronco’s best features.
Third Generation (1980 -1986)
Taking public opinion into consideration, the Bronco was made slightly smaller and lighter, albeit a full-size SUV. Ford also introduced a six-cylinder engine option during this time. The Bronco was further made more comfortable with the addition of the independent front suspension.
The Bronco II (1984-1990) was launched during this time, which proved to be an unfortunate decision. The design of the car caused it to roll over without any reason, which led to several accidents and lawsuits for the company.
Fourth Generation (1987-1991)
The new generation saw the Bronco with the popular aero body design and the electronic fuel injection update. It became a hit SUV choice amongst the masses, and the company released a few variants to celebrate the car being in production for 25 years. The 1991 Silver Anniversary Ford Bronco became a best-seller due to its impressive towing capacity and the cassette radio deck, which was a major selling point at the time.
Fifth Generation (1992-1996)
The fifth-generation Bronco received substantial safety improvements, including front crumple zones and three-point seatbelts to a driver-side airbag. The design was quite awkward as the rules for removable car tops rendered it illegal. The company decided to fix the issue by just bolting the top securely to the car. This model of the Bronco gained immense attention due to its involvement in the infamous O.J. Simpson police chase.