Toyota Battles Rumors of a New Ford Bronco with 2017 Land Cruiser

By: Hilltop Toyota   |   16 Nov 2016
Toyota truck in the forest

There’s a juicy rumour circulating throughout auto blogs. According to some sources, but not yet officially confirmed by manufacturers in Canada or the U.S., Ford is set to release a new Bronco model between 2017 and 2020. Originally debuting in 1966, the original Ford Bronco was a beloved SUV, designed in response to the small and compact four-wheel drive SUVs. After 30 years and five generations, the Ford Bronco was retired in 1996 and was replaced by the Ford Expedition. If the rumours hold any substance, this will be one of the biggest battles the auto market will see this year, and Toyota is prepared to take back the title as the official off-road champion against a presumed 2017 Ford Bronco. For more than 60 years, Toyota has been the leader of global adventures. The brand’s flawless execution of SUVs that cater to an ever-changing consumer market leave it unmatched by its competitors. This year, unlike Ford, the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser is ready to own the pavement or rugged dirt roads, featuring a stunning overhaul of interior, exterior, technological and safety elements. To show you that Toyota means business, we’ve rounded up the specs and stats, dug through American and Canadian fan sites, and delivered you both vehicles. Let the match begin.

2017 Toyota Land Cruiser

Weighing in at 7,275 pounds, with a unitized steel body on 10-member high-tensile steel ladder frame, the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser is ready to conquer. Designed with new LED headlights and taillights, low and high beams, plus integrated LED fog lights, the Land Cruiser makes a great first impression and is one of many new SUVs from Toyota this year. Chrome side mouldings and a sculpted head hint that the 2017 Land Cruiser has some serious muscle underneath. Even if this SUV takes a direct hit, the new Land Cruiser′s undercarriage is equipped with reinforced skid plates to protect crucial areas like the front suspension, radiator, fuel tank and transfer case. So, go ahead; get messy. There are no surprises in this SUV, where you’ll find a full selection of high-tech off-road handling systems that will keep the 2017 Land Cruiser in control at all times. Key standard features like multi-terrain select, crawl control, and a kinetic dynamic suspension system provides extra grip while controlling wheelspin and brake controls, to optimize driving performance in even the toughest conditions.

2017 Toyota Land Cruiser

  • Weight: 7,275 lbs.
  • Cargo Volume: 81.7/43.0/16.1
  • Engine: 5.7L 32-valve V8
  • Horsepower: 381 HP
  • Torque: 401 lb.-ft
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Frame: 10-member high-tensile steel ladder
  • Suspension: independent double-wishbone suspension
  • Seating: 8
  • Airbags: 10
  • Towing Capacity: 8,100 lbs

2017 Ford Bronco

There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the supposed 2017 Ford Bronco. According to one of the latest rumours, the new Bronco will have a chassis much like the Ford F-150, modelled after the Atlas design. If this stands true, this means that the 2017 Ford Bronco will be longer than the last model made in 1996. After 20 years of silence, we’d almost like to hope for something mind-blowing, but in comparison to the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser, the Ford Bronco falls short. Asides from some obvious changes to include modern entertainment and navigation technologies (since these things weren’t around in the 90’s), there’s not much to offer except performance. Rumour has it that the Bronco will produce 662 horsepower and 631 lb-ft of Torque on a 5.8L V8 engine. When you consider the exquisite changes Toyota has made each year, over six decades worldwide, it’s obvious who the champion of this off-road match is, whether or not the new Bronco does exist.

Here’s what we know so far about our Ford contender:

  • Engine: 5.8L V8
  • Horsepower: 662 HP
  • Torque: 631 lb.-ft
  • Frame: Body-on-frame (BOF)
  • Weight: “lightweight”

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