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The Ford Bronco almost looked like this -- 2 decades ago

In the early 2000s, Ford planned a Bronco return, but it never happened. This is what designers aimed for, though.

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This is what the Ford Bronco could have looked like -- back in the early 2000s.

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You're right, there was no Bronco in the early 2000s, but Ford plotted its return.

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This is what designers came up with.

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Codenamed U260, the Bronco was supposed to come back two decades ago, but other things derailed the plan.

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The Explorer rollover scandal and the Ranger's impending departure meant the Bronco ended up dead once again.

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It looks pretty great though. The interior is very relevant for the time with lots of retro cues.

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It would have fit right in with the other throwback designs of this era.

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I wonder if it would have had a V8, too...

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Oh, well, not all is lost because the Bronco is back today.

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Keep clicking or scrolling to see more of the U260 Bronco prototype!

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