Yep, I think there’s going to be 3 different Broncos when Ford drops its bombshell. In a Ford GT like moment, they’ll roll out the Escape based Bronco, the Ranger based Bronco and then the show stopping F-150 based Bronco. It’s long been rumored that they want to turn Bronco and Mustang into sub-brands and this is he perfect opportunity to make Bronco a full Jeep-like sub brand.
Now I know what you’re thinking, “Sasquatch, where’s this big boy Bronco? We’ve seen the baby and the regular testing and even fully revealed!” True! But we’ve also seen the big guy testing as well.
This mule is in no way for anything Ranger sized. The F150 is already significantly wider than the Ranger and the Raptor version wider still. Any Ranger based body on this frame would look like a Mad Max car with the wheels sticking out from the side of the fenders.
Ford also doesn’t make this body combination in the F150, a single cab, 5' short bed is not possible even on a base F150 or a Raptor, they don’t make a frame short enough. So why create this unique body style for a mule? Easy, that would be the frame size for a two door F150 based Bronco.
The business case for this model is also strong. Bronco is going to be a Jeep competitor not only in capability but in branding and marketing as well. Ford probably figures that the best way to drop the Bronco brand as a superior offering to Jeep is to provide a larger flagship model that Jeep currently has no answer for.
With the big Bronco reveal delayed, we may have to wait to see what Ford has in store but as we’ve seen in the recent past, Ford likes surprising it’s customers and fans.