When the Ford Bronco arrives in 2020, it will have solid axles made at the same Toledo, Ohio, plant where the axles will be made for the SUV's main competitor -- the next-generation Jeep Wrangler.
In an investor presentation this month, Dana revealed that it had been awarded driveline work from Ford for the Ranger midsize pickup in 2019 and the Bronco in 2020. The Bronco is being developed on the Ranger's T-6 platform.
Dana confirmed that both vehicles would feature "front and rear axles featuring our latest AdvanTEK gear technology." Another source confirmed that the axles would be solid, as they were when the Bronco was introduced in 1965 to compete against the Wrangler's ancestor, the Jeep CJ.
Few other details about the Bronco have emerged. But Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said that, when it arrives, "It will be a true, tough Bronco; a real off-road vehicle."
Solid axles can enable a vehicle to more easily overcome obstacles. They also make it far easier for owners to install aftermarket lift kits and oversized tires, further enhancing an SUV's off-road abilities.
Ford discontinued the Bronco in 1996. At that time, the body-on-frame SUV was based on the F-150 platform.