The pandemic of the COVID-19 virus is postponing a lot of things in the automotive industry. The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport is the vehicle that will debut with a delay, although the company planned it for 2021. Well, it will extend the waiting for the Bronco and every other model based on the legendary SUV.
One of the sub-brands is Baby Bronco or Bronco Scout. We can also expect to see a pickup truck sooner or later. The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport will be a boxy crossover. The company will base the vehicle on the Escape, with the styling of the famous SUV. The combination will deliver a versatile crossover that will be able to respond to off-road challenges.
Official details about Bronco and its lighter version are not official yet. The company keeps everything as a secret until the launching date. Still, soon after the big SUV was announced, Ford released a teaser of the Bronco Sport, or how the fans call it – Baby Bronco. Well, now we know more about it than the bigger sibling. There are spy photos confirming the shape and size of the crossover. Another possible nameplate the model could carry is the Bronco Scout.
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2022 Ford Bronco Sport: What We Know So Far?
We don’t know too much about regular Bronco, at least not officially. But, the legendary SUV will be a big rig, capable of off-road adventures. What it will look like and what kind of engines it is going to use are not final yet. On the other hand, it seems the company unveiled more about the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport. Well, the teaser image is showing a sporty design. Also, the Blue Oval carmaker was not successful in hiding test mules from the public.
So, we can assume how big the Bronco Scout is going to be. Further details are mostly speculations, including the platform similarities with Escape crossover. Still, the upcoming vehicle is going to be more off-road ready than any other small SUV in the family, like its bigger sibling. According to rumors, the crossover will carry a turbocharged three-cylinder engine, which is a quite surprise. On the other hand, not unexpected, since Ford is keen on smaller turbo units, rather than big displacements. Finally, speculations are speaking of possible production in Mexico and trim levels, which are unique for the 2022 Baby Bronco.
2022 Ford Bronco Sport Expectations
Bronco is going to be a big rival to the Jeep Wrangler, Toyota 4Runner TRD, and Land Rover Defender. Its smaller version will go against off-road crossovers. Well, these vehicles are not as popular as the big rigs with special equipment for tough terrains. The main reason is the engine. Smaller crossovers – less power – less fun. For example, there is a two-door Wrangler, which still keeps up with modern trends. Besides this one, we cannot find many other crossovers that will be available in this market. Even Toyota is turning to its large SUVs when adding more models to the TRD Pro lineup. We saw last year that Sequoia became the latest member, although Rav4 was in the mix and way more popular nameplate.
So, the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport is not going to have so much competition. However, there are a lot of mysteries surrounding the upcoming Baby Bronco. One of them is the engine lineup. Since rumors are mentioning similarities with Escape, we could see a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine under the hood of the off-road crossover. This one is producing 180 horsepower. A larger displacement adds 70 ponies. A 2.5-liter four-pot is also turbocharged. Of course, special equipment will enhance the off-road drive impression. New shocks and suspension, all-terrain tires, skidplates, and many more are on the way.
Ford Bronco Scout Release Date Delayed!
The vehicle was about to be introduced even before the new Bronco SUV. No, that does not mean this is going to be the vehicle that caused so much attention. However, the entire lineup wearing the legendary nameplate is late because of many reasons, and now the situation with the COVID-19 is giving more time to the company to finally finish the work on the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport. Still, the official release date is not confirmed yet, but we are pretty sure the crossover will arrive as 2022 YM. Another delay of the Bronco SUV would definitely make fans, experts, and all enthusiasts suspicious about the return. So, the change of plan – we will see the SUV first, and then the Baby Bronco.
Furthermore, Ford is reportedly moving production to Mexico. We still don’t have details about these rumors. To make Bronco Scout more attractive, especially after the coronavirus crisis, the Blue Oval company will have to offer an attractive price. The muscled-up Escape will definitely cost more than the crossover it is based on.