Just one catch: you can't drive it.
If you can't wait for the new Ford Bronco following the news of its delayed summer arrival, there's an easier way to get one of these rugged SUVs into your garage - or more appropriately, onto your desk. Maisto has just unveiled a 1:24 scale model of the latest Bronco Badlands in various colors including Cyber Orange, Area 51 Blue, and Carbonized Gray. These diminutive models have a perfect stance and are nicely detailed, although not to the obsessive extent of Rolls-Royce with its own Cullinan scale model. For now, it appears as if Maisto has only created two-door scale models of the Bronco.
The scale models closely resemble the real deal with big BRONCO lettering on the grille, chunky off-road tires, and proportions that mimic the original. Of course, the paint finish isn't quite as glossy as a real Bronco, while elements like the grille and headlights lack the detail that some may expect. A 1:18 version should improve on these aspects. The Badlands trim that the scale models are based on sits closer to the top of the Bronco lineup, below only the Wildtrak and the First Edition. It offers impressive capability thanks to its 33-inch all-terrain tires, Bilstein position-sensitive monotube shocks, and front/rear locking differentials.
The Badlands has proven to be one of the most popular Bronco trims so far, having accounted for 20 percent of all reservations by October last year. However, it's the four-door Bronco that has been more popular than the smaller two-door on which these scale models are based. Maisto hasn't yet indicated when the 1:24 scale models of the Ford Bronco will be available, and nor has the company indicated a price just yet. For those only interested in a Bronco you can actually drive, a Heritage Edition of the SUV is on the way in 2022 which should have a unique, retro-inspired design to set it apart.