These historic model names could reappear at a dealer near you.
It’s always interesting when an automaker decides to revive an old model name.
Sometimes it’s a play on nostalgia. Other times, it’s taking the name in a whole new styling direction.
For instance, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Dodge Challenger was a home run with fans of the muscle car from the 1960s and 1970s. The return of the Dodge Dart, however, never engendered that kind of warmth and has been discontinued.
Either way, it’s worth a look anytime an automaker decides to bring back a classic model name. Here are five classic names that either are or could be revived in the next five years.
1. Ford Bronco
This one we know for sure.
The original Ford Bronco was a two-door SUV intended to compete with the forerunners to Jeep Wrangler. Though the new one may not be a two door, Ford says the revived model will have the spirit of the original, a brawny off-roader that shares underpinnings with the upcoming new Ford Ranger pickup.
The all-new Bronco will probably appear late in 2019 as a 2020 model. It’ll be built alongside the new Ranger — a nameplate that is also being revived — at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant near Detroit.