The fun has just begun.
All the buzz and excitement surrounding the reborn and all-new 2021 Ford Bronco is more than justified. Just look at the order books. Ford has received around 165,000 reservations since the SUV was revealed in July. And, hopefully, those early First Edition customers have patience because production isn't slated to begin in full until next year with first deliveries beginning in spring. Only a $100 refundable deposit was required, and non-First Edition Bronco reservations will get underway in December.
However, assembly line workers need to practice building Broncos and, like any new vehicle, Ford needs to make sure there are no production issues. Welcome to pre-production.
Thanks to Bronco Nation, we now have our first photos of pre-production Broncos on the line at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant, the same facility that builds the Ford Ranger.
But what about the Broncos that have already been built? Aren't they considered pre-production, too? Not quite. You see, they're advanced hand-built prototypes mainly used for demonstration purposes. They're still not technically "perfect," hence the reason why pre-production is now underway.
Only a few days ago, Ford officially announced that the Sasquatch Package will also now be offered with a manual transmission. Previously, it was automatic only, but there was evidently enough demand out there to make the change. In fact, Ford is likely still ironing out other packaging details and these early Broncos will help them do that.
Offered in both two- and four-door body styles, the 2021 Bronco will come powered by either a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo-four with 270 horsepower or a 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 with 310 hp. A seven-speed manual is standard for the turbo-four while a 10-speed automatic is optional. The V6, however, is automatic-only.
Chances are, the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter Coyote V8 found in the Mustang GT will not become a production reality. In any case, the era of the sixth-generation Ford Bronco is about to begin.