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Leaked images surface of the upcoming Ford Bronco… or Baby Bronco

The Ford Bronco, whose return to the market is one of the industry’s most anticipated events, is expected to be debuting at dealerships for the 2020 model-year. In principle, it should be making its in-person debut at the next Detroit auto show in January 2019 – a logical move, since it was at the 2017 edition of that event that its return was first announced.

This also means we shouldn’t have been seeing any images of the Bronco for another couple of months, barring a Ford-released teaser image or two. This past week, however, some images of the model, or possibly of the much-talked-about Baby Bronco, were shown at a dealers’ meeting in Las Vegas, and these were dutifully photographed and made their way online.

Might Ford have had something to do with this leak? We’ll never know, but there’s no doubt the free publicity it gains from it shouldn’t be too displeasing to the automaker, especially as we’re on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The images
And what do they reveal? For starters, we’ve learned that the contours of the new Bronco (or baby Bronco) clearly link back to the original model, which debuted back in 1966, via its square shape and relative paucity of rounded curves.

Ford is clearly gearing up to go right after Jeep’s Wrangler, and sees no reason to be subtle about it.

Another thing that was noticed by many as the images went viral, is that one of them shows the shadowed profile of another, larger and squarer vehicle. Could this shadow represent the actual Bronco, meaning the vehicle actually shown is the Baby Bronco?

 Everyone loves mysteries. Stay tuned.

1966 Ford Bronco
Photo: Ford
1966 Ford Bronco
2004 Ford Bronco concept
Photo: Ford
2004 Ford Bronco concept