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The rugged SUV will share components with the next-generation Escape.


Fordís shift to SUV and pickup-only model range in the United States will bring a brand new rugged small utility vehicle to the market. Itís currently being referred to as the baby Bronco, and a new report indicates it will be based on the platform that underpins the new generation Focus.

Basically, that architecture is what the MQB is to Volkswagen Ė a smart, modular platform, which will be used for many new models from the Blue Oval from multiple segments. It will also underpin the next-generation Escape SUV, as well as the aforementioned baby Bronco, which will feature ďoff-road positioning and imageryĒ and will be slightly more expensive, as Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of product development and purchasing, explained speaking at an investor conference in New York.

Expected to debut sometime next year or in 2020, the new vehicle will come with a design inspired by Fordís classic mid-1960s Bronco off-roader. Itís important to note that this is not the body-on-frame Bronco revival planned for 2020, but a smaller model sharing most of its technologies and, likely, its powertrain options with the next-gen Escape. These include mostly four-cylinder turbocharged motors.



Another crossover-style wagon and hatchback will be positioned below the baby Bronco. Itís called the Focus Active and features crossover-inspired plastic body details and raised suspension, in the same vein as the Subaru Outback. It will share a number of components from the suspension and body construction with the baby Bronco.
The Focus Active will be the only version of the fourth-generation Focus to be offered in the United States. Europe also gets a traditional hatchback and wagon, as well as plush Vignale and sporty ST-Line variants. ST and hybrid flagship RS models are planned for the future, but not much is known about them at the moment.
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Ford's 'Baby Bronco' to use Focus Active's FWD/AWD platform

Automaker is cutting platforms from nine to five, trying to save $25.5B



Ford's chief of product development and purchasing, Hau Thai-Tang, spoke to investor representatives recently at the 2018 J.P. Morgan Auto Conference in New York. Hau told the audience that Ford is working to "evolve" the One Ford plan devised by ex-CEO Alan Mulally more than a decade ago. The original One Ford blueprint cut the number of Ford's global architectures from 30 to nine. Now the automaker wants to cut that from nine down to five modular architectures. One of those platforms will serve the imminent Focus Active, and that crossover will share its Focus underpinnings with the crossover being called the "Baby Bronco."

The five platforms will be: a FWD/AWD unibody, a RWD/AWD unibody, a RWD/AWD body-on-frame, a commercial van unibody, and a unibody structure for pure electric vehicles. The aim of the rationalization is to cut $25.5 billion in expenses in the coming five years, improve local and regional scale, and shave 20 percent off the time it takes to move a new vehicle idea from sketch to showroom. The automaker eyes $7 billion in savings just on engineering and product development.

Naturally, Hau didn't identify specific products, but he said the small crossover would use "off-road positioning and imagery" (our rendering above envisions what could be), yet will get a premium price. Those two attributes would clearly distinguish the CUVfrom the EcoSport below and the Escape above, Some suspect that the Baby Bronco will actually wear the name Timberline or perhaps Maverick. If it does, that would help the extra-soft-roader escape a potential bashing from the Bronco II faithful; not that it would matter, though, since Ford could sell a ton of the little CUVs if it puts the right offering on the dealer floor. We're waiting to find out if the Focus Active will get AWD, but the Baby Bronco seems a lock for the option, especially if it plans to lure the Jeep Compass or Renegade buyer.

The Ranger-based, body-on-frame big-boy Bronco is expected to bow sometime next year as a 2020 model. According to a Reuters source, the Baby Bronco "could debut in 2019 as a 2020 model" as well.




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