Ford's startup animation leaked onto the internet.
Ford Bronco leaks have been a fun consistent in the lead up to its full reveal, expected in early 2021. We've learned, amongst other things, that the SUV will likely have a removable roof, Ranger's 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic speed transmission along with a manual option and big wheels.
Now we know what Ford Bronco owners will see when they turn on the ignition and the infotainment display lights up. It was leaked in a video on YouTube but was promptly taken down under copyright notice from Ford. However, nothing truly leaves the internet and screen captures were left behind.
We did get to see the opening animation before the video was pulled, and we saw a mountain range as the backdrop to rocks tumbling before coming together to form the iconic Bronco logo. If there was any doubt Ford is planning a rugged vehicle with plenty of off-road capability, that and the teaser shot of a Bronco covered in a muddy cloth in front of a rocky desert landscape should end it. As for how a video of the splash screen made it onto the internet, that's likely down to the latest Sync update.
The animation was pulled from a Ford F-150, and it's not uncommon for cars to have multiple splash screens embedded in the software. The original uploader's channel also showed a Lincoln Aviator splash animation taken from the same truck. In fact, if you own a Ford/Lincoln vehicle with the current generation of Ford's Sync system, you may be able to still access the Bronco's splash screen using Forscan or a similar tool. Most likely, given how on the ball the online community is, Ford put this in early by mistake.
While this isn't a huge insight into the upcoming Ford Bronco, it is helping expectations and another clue as to what to expect.