Ford's "baby Bronco" SUV appears to have leaked online courtesy of a cheeky snap captured at a dealer meeting in Las Vegas.
The image, published by off-road.com, was originally thought to be a sneak-peak at the brand's upcoming Bronco large SUV, but reports since have confirmed the picture is actually of Ford's Jeep Renegade-rivalling crossover that is due for launch in 2020.
"Dealers drove the 2019 Ranger in Las Vegas. They saw the new rear-wheel-drive Explorer, redesigned Escape, as-yet-unnamed 2020 battery electric vehicle, an unnamed small rugged SUV some call the baby Bronco, and the Mustang GT 500," reports of the meeting claimed.
The "baby Bronco" looks delightfully retro in the leaked snap, ditching the curves of most modern SUVs in favour of boxy lines, circular headlights and a blacked-out "FORD" grille.
Unfortunately, that's about all we know for now. But the small SUV, and it's bigger Bronco brother, will form a part of Ford's planned model overhaul by 2023, with the Blue Oval to add nine new nameplates in the next five years. Of those nine, seven will be pick-ups and SUVs.
While the bigger Bronco is an uncertain starter in Australia, where local executives fear it could clash with the popular Ranger, the smaller crossover - built on the Focus platform - is yet to be ruled in or out for our market.
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