Whether you're already reserved a 2021 Ford Bronco or you're just curious about this SUV's return, you should take a look at this modern classic's history on Mascoutah roads. The early Ford Bronco, released in 1965, set the standard for what an SUV could be for every Bronco and imitator that followed. Take a look at over 55 years of Ford Bronco history with our Ford Bronco history timeline, then welcome the new Ford Bronco to Auffenberg Ford South Belleville, and see how it compares to the Jeep Wrangler

The Classic Ford Bronco: First Generation (1965-1977)

The original icon, the classic Ford Bronco that ruled Waterloo streets from 1965-1977 was developed as a passenger-friendly off-road vehicle with a new style of chassis that was a predecessor to the modern SUV with its 92-inch wheelbase. Originally the old Ford Bronco came with four-wheel drive standard and a 105-hp inline-6 engine. The classic Ford Bronco wasn't flashy or dressed up, but it stood out for being rugged and tough in a market that catered to sleekness. The early Ford Bronco was all about outdoor functionality.

Wasn't There Another Old Ford Bronco?

There were several other generations of the old Ford Bronco. Here's how they each stacked up in the Ford Bronco history timeline:

Second Generation (1978-1980)

While the 1978 Ford Bronco still looked like the previous year's model, was more like a modern SUV with its three-door configuration. Ford retired the original chassis and replaced it with one from the Ford F-Series. A larger wheelbase went against the trend of downsizing at the time. 

Third Generation (1980-1986)

Smaller and lighter than the second generation, the classic Ford Bronco of the early '80s set the trend for full-size SUVs while also evolving another model: the Ford Bronco II (1983-1990). This precursor to the Ford Explorer introduced the compact SUV to Columbia roads, using an engine and the chassis from the Ford Ranger. 

Fourth Generation (1987-1991)

This classic Ford Bronco celebrated the model's 25th anniversary with leather seats in the Silver Anniversary Edition along with a host of luxury interior and exterior updates. It was moving further away from the old Ford Bronco truck that crawled over rocks and dirt trails. 

Fifth Generation (1992-1996)

The most recent generation of the classic Ford Bronco remained true to the changes made in the fourth generation, making the new Ford Bronco more street-friendly with the discontinuation of the classic Ford Bronco removable top. 

The 2021 Ford Bronco Arrives in Style

After a long absence, the new Ford Bronco returns in 2021 as a mid-size SUV with a variety of body options for streets or off-roading. Some of the features Belleville can expect include:

  • Classic body-on-frame construction
  • Independent suspension 
  • 2.3L turbocharged EcoBoost® inline-four engine
  • Detachable roof 
  • Removable side doors for a classic open-air touring or trail experience

If you choose the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, you'll get a compact four-door model that's trail-ready and designed to conquer the backroads. 

See the New Ford Bronco at Auffenberg Ford

We know lovers of the old Ford Bronco are going to be excited about the new Ford Bronco, and we can't wait for you to see it and check ou tthe new Ford Bronco interior! Contact Auffenberg Ford South Belleville to get information on the new Ford Bronco arrival. When you're ready to be one of the first to own this favorite, apply for financing, and don't waste any time remembering why you loved the Ford Bronco in the first place.