The reborn Ford Bronco will have a strong Australian connection, because it will be based on a version of the body-on-frame T6 architecture that underpins the Ranger and Everest.

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As Ford followers will know already, the T6 platform and the two vehicles it presently handles were developed by Ford Asia Pacific’s regional R&D hub based in Melbourne. The Ranger has leaf rear suspension, while the Everest has a more SUV-friendly setup with a Watt's linkage. 

Unlike the Ranger and Everest, development of the Bronco is being led by Ford’s US operations centre in Dearborn, Michigan. However, the T6-based Bronco is promised to be a global car, so right-hand drive is clearly plausible.

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As we reported from Ford’s press conference at the Detroit motor show this morning, the Ford Bronco 4x4 will return in 2020 – 24 years after the old F-Series-based model shuffled off.

“Bronco will be a no-compromise midsize 4x4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city,” said Ford president of The Americas, Joe Hinrichs. Whether this means it's simply a reworked version of the next Everest or a standalone vehicle remains to be seen. We'd strongly expect the latter. 

“It will be a true, tough Bronco,” Ford executive chairman Bill Ford added. “A real off-road vehicle.” Not much there...

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Additionally, whether it sports a version of the Ranger's 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel engine, or a petrol-only offering for US tastes, remains to be seen. It's worth noting Ford has also confirmed a 3.0-litre V6 diesel for the F-150, a model-first.

We also know that the Bronco will be manufactured at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, with production likely to start in 2019, the same year as the Aussie-designed Ranger finally launches in the US.

As we reported last year, Ford has pledged to launch four new nameplates into its global SUV line-up, in segments it doesn’t presently cover, by 2020.

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Pictured: Original Ford Bronco

One of these will be the Bronco, designed to challenge the Jeep Wrangler, while another will be a pure-electric small crossover with a 400km range due in 2020.

But what might a 2019 Ford Bronco look like? Bronco6G previously came up with a nifty rendering, which we've run atop the story. Thanks guys.