The latest spy shots revealing the much-awaited SUV by Ford confirm that it is nearing completion. Announced as far back as 2017, the Bronco is set to be unveiled later this year. The camouflage still blacks out some of the finer details, but we know that it is the 2021 model built on the same T6 platform as the Ford Ranger. It is Ford’s main contender against the dreaded Jeep Wrangler. The new car will have a spare tire hanging from the tailgate, along with six-lug wheels and short overhangs to the sides. A retro shape will feature both 2-door and 4-door versions.
The roof camouflage suggests that its roofline is much higher than what was initially believed. A convertible roof is not out of the cards, either. The rear of the car features a solid axle and Dana differential, while an independent front suspension will assist with the ride and handling.
The prototype in the spy shots features 6-lug 17-inch wheels. These are equipped with 255/75R17 Bridgestone Dueller AT tires, which is a replacement to the much superior BFGoodrich KO2 variants on the 2-door mules. This suggests that both the SUVs will likely have different off-road characteristics. We do hope Ford grants an option for different tires to be ordered at launch.
On the inside, an upright dashboard can be spotted with an 8-inch touchscreen at the centre of the console. It remains to be seen if the Bronco will use the same FordPass Connect that is standard on most of the vehicles, or receive an upgraded infotainment system altogether. The visibility seems rather good with upright A-pillars and thin C-pillars.
Ford has not yet confirmed which powertrain shall the Bronco run on. We expect the 2.3L turbo-4 or the 2.7L twin-turbo V6 to be ideal. A mild-hybrid powertrain is also rumoured to be in the works to assist with hill-climbs and standing torque. Don’t hold your breath for the 5.0L V8 that inhabits the Ford Mustang GT. The Bronco is making its way back into production after more than a 22-year wait. It will be built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant. It is the same facility that supplied the earlier Broncos and is also the production line where the
Ford Ranger is manufactured. As the time approaches, we also anticipate the ‘Baby Bronco’ to hit the streets soon as well. It will be a shorter SUV, though it will have quite similar off-road capabilities.