Ford Bronco Generations and Photo Gallery
From its first debut back in 1966 to its revival announced just last night, the Ford Bronco has captured the hearts of drivers across several generations. With the Bronco returning to the roads starting with its latest 2021 model, Ford fans are incredibly excited to get behind the wheel of the Bronco once again. Wondering what the first Ford Bronco looked like back in 1966? As a tribute to the Ford Bronco, we have compiled photos of every generation released to date as well as a summary detailing the Bronco’s legacy in that generation.
Generation 1 (1966 – 1977)
News of the Bronco entering the Ford lineup was a huge deal back in 1966. The Bronco was Ford’s first “all-purpose vehicle” as it was designed to traverse off-road with its new 4×4 drivetrain. Drivers also had the option between three various body styles offered with the Bronco, including the Bronco Roadster, Bronco Sport Utility, and Bronco Wagon. This allowed customers to customize their Bronco has they pleased to ensure that their vehicle could meet their needs.
Generation 2 (1978 – 1979)
With the release of Generation 2, the Ford Bronco was more popular than ever. Starting with the 1978 model, the Bronco has seen some major design changes, including sharing the F-150 platform, getting a more luxurious interior, and beefing up its size.
Generation 3 (1980 – 1986)
Generation 3 was all about improving performance and fuel economy. Ford engineers worked to reduce the amount of fuel consumed by the Bronco and made changes to the powertrain to make driving a Bronco feel smoother regardless of the terrain. More luxurious features were also added to help passengers feel more comfortable.
Generation 4 (1987 – 1991)
Ford’s path towards improving performance has led to aerodynamic design changes to the Bronco. Instead of boxy edges, designers have rounded out the design of the Bronco a bit for a more modern and tough look. As technologies advanced, the powertrain and safety features also got some serious upgrades.
Generation 5 (1992 – 1996)
Until recently, Generation 5 was the last Bronco generation. Generation 5 featured a classic yet modern and thrilling design that will be remembered for years later. Safety improvements were made to make the Bronco safer than ever before.
Generation 6 (2021 – )
Ford fans, young and old, were thrilled to hear that the Bronco is returning starting with 2021. Generation 6 honors its past self by incorporating that classic and legendary look that the Bronco held for decades along with modern design elements to make the Bronco more appealing to drivers today. Focusing on off-road performance, the Bronco is expected to make a huge splash among adventurous drivers. Not only that, but the excitement of the Bronco has led Ford to create the all-new Bronco Sport, a crossover cousin of the famous Bronco.
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