The Ford Bronco is an SUV model line that was manufactured and sold by Ford from 1965 to 1996. The first Bronco was built on its own custom chassis, while the full-size Bronco was derived from the Ford F-Series pickup; all Broncos were produced with four-wheel drive powertrains. The idea behind the first generation Bronco began with Ford product manager Donald N. Frey and engineered by Ford engineer Paul G. Axelrad. The Bronco was developed as an off-road vehicle, ORV. And as an ORV, the Bronco became popular. However, make sure you have a Ford Bronco repair manual pdf before you tinker with your Bronco to make sure you do the job right the first time.
For the 1978 model year, the second generation Bronco was introduced. In place of a custom chassis, the Bronco's new chassis was adapted directly from the Ford F-Series. However, the Bronco's release was postponed to 1978 in response to the 1973 fuel crisis.
Beginning production development in 1977, the 1980–1986 third generation Bronco was designed to address the issues that had made marketing the 1978–1979 Bronco difficult. Some of the issues addressed were: the 1980 Bronco was overall shorter and lighter than its predecessor, it was also designed to adopt a more efficient powertrain while retaining its full-size dimensions.
For the 1987 model year the fourth generation Bronco was also given an update. Introduced in 1978 Bronco, the shortened F-100 platform saw changes. The 1987 Bronco was given several updates to both the exterior and interior. As it shared its front sheet metal with the F-150, in the interest of slightly better aerodynamics, the Bronco gained its reshaped front bumper and hood, composite headlamps, and flatter front grille. The interior was given redesigned door panels, front seats, instrument panels, and dashboard.
The 1992 model year fifth generation Bronco saw a significant design reworking. It was still built on the same F-Series chassis introduced in 1977; however, the Bronco also saw updates to the interior, exterior, and overall body design in the effort to make the Bronco more aerodynamic. The interior again saw updates to the instrument panel and dashboard, as well as the option of leather front seats for the Eddie Bauer and XLT trims, as well as optional remote keyless entry with an anti-theft alarm were also added.
And in 2015, after a 25 years absence, Ford announced the return of the Bronco for 2020. The sixth generation Bronco will be the first mid-size SUV Bronco. This announcement has made many people excited to see what Ford will produce. In the world of off-roading, the Bronco definitely made a name for itself. Making sure your Bronco is in shape before hitting the unbeaten path is important. Make sure you grab your Ford Bronco service manual, today!