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The Ford Bronco is a model line of sport utility vehicles manufactured and marketed by Ford. The first SUV model developed by the company, five generations of the Bronco were sold from the 1966 to 1996 model years. A sixth generation of the model line was introduced for the 2021 model year.[1] The nameplate has been used on other Ford SUVs, namely the 1984–1990 Bronco II compact SUV and the 2021 Bronco Sport compact crossover.

Originally developed as a compact off-road vehicle using its own chassis,[2] the Bronco initially competed against the Jeep CJ-5 and International Harvester Scout. For 1978, Ford enlarged the Bronco, making it a short-wheelbase version of the F-Series pickup truck; the full-size Bronco competed against the Chevrolet K5 Blazer and Dodge Ramcharger.

Following a decline in demand for large two-door SUVs, Ford discontinued the Bronco after the 1996 model year, replacing it with the four-door Ford Expedition; followed by the larger Ford Excursion. After a 25-year hiatus, the sixth-generation Bronco is now offered as a mid-size two-door SUV for the first time. It is also offered as a full-size four-door SUV with a 16 in (41 cm) longer wheelbase. It competes directly with the Jeep Wrangler as both a two-door and a four-door (hardtop) convertible.

From 1965 to 1996, the Ford Bronco was manufactured by Ford at its Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne, Michigan, where it will also manufacture the sixth-generation version.[3][4][5]


1First generation (1966)1.1Chassis
1.2Body design
2Second generation (1978)2.1Chassis
3Third generation (1980)3.1Chassis
3.5Australian assembly
4Fourth generation (1987)4.1Special editions
5Fifth generation (1992)5.1Model changes
5.3Special editions
5.6Centurion Classic (1987–1996)
5.7O.J. Simpson chase
6Sixth generation (U725; 2021)6.1Background
6.3Bronco Raptor
6.4Trim levels
7Concepts and prototypes7.11966 Bronco Dune Duster
7.21970 Bronco Wildflower
7.31973 Big Bronco prototypes
7.41981 Bronco Montana Lobo
7.51988 Bronco DM-1
7.62001 U260
7.72004 Bronco Concept
7.82013 Expedition "special edition” concept
7.92020 Bronco R Prototype
9External links