Thursday, January 2, 2014

We May Have (Another) Contender...

Hoo boy. While I really *should* get a small, efficient car to replace the Earthf**ker, I saw this last night and immediately got a case of the WANTS...

2015 Ford Bronco rumored price, features, and specs
According to the recent reports, the American multinational automaker is all set to thrill the fans of Ford vehicles with the launch of the all-new 2015 Ford Bronco SUV in the market.

Ford manufactured the first generation of the car in 1966. Back in 2004, the company showcased the Bronco with its retro look in an auto show, but this car could never manage to enter into production.
Here's a shot of the proposed Bronco:

(Image from here)

There's a lot of "if"s involved. If this is for real, and if Ford brings it to market at the price point suggested (i.e. not a "boutique" car at double the price it should command like the Thunderbird), and if Ford offers it with a common sense motor (i.e. a good old fashioned V8 in the mix as well as the "eco boost" V6 rumored), I'd be quite interested. The kids are old enough that they can climb in and out of a back seat by themselves (or, more often than not, just sit in the front passenger seat).

Of course, if Ford were to really go retro and offer a model with the completely removable roof like the first generation, I'd be hard-pressed to pass it up.. 

I've pretty much decided that the Dodge will stay for the foreseeable future, at least until it starts needing more work than a car payment every month. I kinda like not having a monthly payment, and I also like not having to shell out an arm and a leg at the yearly tax bill. With the Dodge getting on in years, though, it's anyone's guess how much longer the ol' girl has - it might be another year or two before she starts falling apart, or it could be another 7 years and 80K miles.

I do have to admit, though, that the new Bronco looks like it might be a strong contender...

That is all.

7 comments:

Mopar said...

Second gen Bronco had the removable top too.

Paul, Dammit! said...

Yeah, my insurance went up $2,000 with the purchase of my new Ram. Between that and the payments I may never go home.

notDilbert said...

Since you're willing to wait for possible production of Pie-in-the-sky concepts you might want to add this one to the list.

http://jalopnik.com/audis-ces-concept-has-freaking-lasers-for-eyes-1493060363

Ygolonac said...

That looks a lot like a concept vehicle that was shown... ghaah, at least 6-7 years ago. I'll have to dig out the picture of that, as I liked the look of the thing.

Jim said...

It screams out for a 4 cylinder, dual-stage turbo-diesel.

Something like 175-200 hp., and 350-375 ft.lb. of tasty, delicious torque.

Equipped with proper axles and differentials, a torquey diesel would make it an all around, on and off road contender.

No way does it need a heavy V-8 up front. Hell, even a 3.5 liter Duratec V-6 would come in at 240 hp, which is more than enough power, but lacks the bottom end oomph of the oilburner.

Otherwise? Great package, and I hope they put it into production!




Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

has aryouav said...

Ford teased us with this before. But then again, so have other manufacturers:

http://news.drive.com.au/drive/motor-news/lamborghini-4wd-to-return-20110630-1gro0.html

Or this:

http://www.simonhar.com/2012/04/lamborghini-urus-concept-lambos-suv.html

Quirel said...

Not quite beastly enough.

For an automobile that sends the message that you are going to suck
the world dry of petroleum and then continue running on the
gasified remains of eco-nuts and soccer moms, look to the G36 AMG.

http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/trucks/1311_2014_mercedes_benz_g63_amg_6x6_first_drive/

Accept no substitutes. But I would look into an alternative set of
headlights to eliminate the "Cow with a broomstick up its ass"
look.