PHOENIX -- At the 2004 Detroit Auto Show, executives from Ford teased truck enthusiasts with a show-stopping concept vehicle. The boxy good-looks of the retro-inspired Ford Bronco Concept caused quite a stir among Ford truck lovers. Based on the first generation compact Bronco, which was in production from 1966 to 1977, the retro Bronco's short wheelbase, round headlamps, and square roofline paid tribute to the original while delivering a truly modern vehicle.
Ford did it again at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show with the Ford SYNUS, a concept vehicle designed for "urban living." Sure, this concept was a little more over-the-top, with styling modeled after armored bank cars, including combination locks on the doors, but it was a hit at the show nonetheless.
So now, six years later, some fans are wondering when they’ll see the production version of these concept vehicles on the showroom floor. And while there is no official word from Ford as to when or even if these wonder-boxes will ever make it down the assembly line, we've already started to see some of the concept’s styling and features in 2010 and 2011 models of popular Ford products. The next time you park next to a '10 Ford Escape, close one eye and remember the Bronco Retro photos below...I think you'll see what we mean.