2021 Ford “Baby Bronco” news, Jeep Gladiator Chassis Cab and USA Only

In this week’s Ask Nathan:

  • News on the 2021 Ford Bronco Scout “Baby Bronco?”
  • I want a Jeep Gladiator Chassis Cab!
  • You must buy from the USA – and no one else!

The first question comes from a Nissan truck fan who heard that there is more information available about the 2021 Ford Bronco Scout “Baby Bronco.”

2021 Ford "Baby Bronco" news, Jeep Gladiator Chassis Cab and USA Only? [Ask Nathan]
This is the test mule for what (we think is) the 2022 Ford Maverick. Or Adventure, or Scout… or?? (Photos: TFLcar)

Q: (Via NathanAdlen@Twitter) I am not interested in the Bronco. It will be too pricy.

Want something that will compete with a Cherokee or Compass. You said it was the Ford Maverick “Baby Bronco.” Or whatever it’s called. Anything new about it?

— Dennis from Oceanside, CA

2021 Ford "Baby Bronco" news, Jeep Gladiator Chassis Cab and USA Only? [Ask Nathan]

A: Hi Dennis!

We do have a few tidbits to add to the Ford Bronco Scout,  Ford Bronco Adventure, Ford Maverick… or whatever they opt to call it. Our last update covered some of the engineering we expect to see.

For those of you who don’t know: this vehicle is NOT truck-based like the Bronco. Based on the newest Ford Escape platform, and using a lot of the same components, this is a rugged crossover – not a truck. Power should come from a 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder that makes 180 hp, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four with 250 hp and possibly, a 2.5-liter hybrid that makes 198 hp.

The biggest question is the all-wheel drive system. A Ford representative we spoke to said it would be extremely capable off-road. That leads up to believe that an aggressive AWD traction control system will be added. There is a chance that, like the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, it could have a trick rear end.

2021 Ford "Baby Bronco" news, Jeep Gladiator Chassis Cab and USA Only? [Ask Nathan]
[Image: Bronco6G.com]

Keeping the Bronco name? 

Judging by the leaked pre-production image of the grille – it’s a good chance it will be called the Ford Bronco (fill-in-the-blank). For a while, many speculated that it would simply be called the Ford Scout, Ford Maverick or Ford Adventure – omitting the “Bronco” name. Now, it looks likely that the Bronco name will be part of the mix.

2021 Ford "Baby Bronco" news, Jeep Gladiator Chassis Cab and USA Only? [Ask Nathan]

Other than styling cues, we don’t expect to see any parts sharing – other than (possibly) the infotainment system. We expect to see a similar, yet smaller interior from the new Ford Escape. That may include sliding rear seats and a multi-configurable cargo area.

The next message also comes from long time Twitter follower who sent this to (NathanAdlen and TFLTruck@Twitter) regarding a chassis cab version of the Jeep Gladiator.

Q: (Via TFLTruck and NathanAdlen@Twitter)

Any chance there’s a large enough group in the global overland/camping/lifestyle community to convince @Jeep to build a cab and chassis version of the Gladiator?


A: Hello Craig!

Thank you so much for your patronage!

We’re fortunate enough to have access to the Jeep designers and executives at various events and (especially) at the Easter Jeep Safari. I will definitely ask them about it; however, it’s probably going to be a “no.”

Last year, we discussed Gladiator variants and I was told that the platform has been painfully developed to be used as-is. In other words, they spent a ton of time and money creating this chassis to be used specifically by this setup.

Still, I’m willing to bet that more than one up-fitter will play with this platform and create something interesting. The cool thing about that is that the Jeep guys pay close attention to what they see aftermarket shops do. So, you never know.


Source: https://www.tflcar.com/2020/01/ask-nathan-baby-bronco-gladiator-usa/

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