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Some of the biggest news to come from the Detroit-based North American International Auto Show this year was Ford’s announcement of the Bronco revival. After a 20-year hiatus, the iconic off-road vehicle will be back and more capable than ever. Per Shifting Lanes, Dana – the company responsible for building the Jeep Wrangler’s solid axles – has secured a bid to build the driveline for both the Bronco and next-generation Ranger.

According to Ford, the goal is to build a Wrangler competitor that is a, “No compromise midsize 4x4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city.” To do so, the vehicle will likely rely on a solid axle system. Solid axles are popular in the off-road community because they offer a simple and robust design. However, the benefits come at the compromise of road manners, especially when compared to a modern independent system. 

Although details remain scarce, Dana has confirmed the front and rear axles will contain their latest AdvanTEK gear technology and be manufactured in the same facility as Jeep. One thing is clear, 2020 can’t come soon enough for enthusiasts!