Ford's new "spy video" looks incredible.
The SUV market will be receiving a major jolt this spring when the reborn 2021 Ford Bronco is revealed. Set to ride on the same platform as the Ford Ranger midsize pickup truck, the new Bronco represents a proper return to a segment the Blue Oval previously abandoned, figuring America's desire for smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles would eliminate demand for gas-guzzling SUVs and trucks. It was a miscalculation Ford is working to fix. At the same time, the Bronco's return after a 25-year absence will present a new threat to the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited have scored legions of fans and owners. Neither had serious competition, leaving the purist off-road SUV segment wide open for Jeep to dominate. That situation may be coming to an end soon.
To help everyone get pumped up for the Bronco's triumphant return, Ford has just released its very own "spy video" of sorts, showcasing a Bronco prototype doing some off-road testing in Johnson Valley, California.
Pro off-road racing driver Brad Lovell is behind the wheel and he's seriously putting the test mule through its paces. At first glance, this Bronco prototype might look more like a Ford Ranger with a covered bed but a closer examination proves otherwise. It's doubtful this test vehicle is wearing final Bronco sheetmetal underneath the camouflage, though we've had a few recent clues what the final design look like. For starters, there was the Ford Bronco R, the Baja 1000 racer that, unfortunately, did not complete this year's race for a number of reasons.
Just last week a graphic artist affiliated with a Bronco fan forum released the most accurate renderings of the production-spec Bronco to date. They also incorporated the leaked image of the SUV's round headlight design, a retro-ish styling trait that harkens back to the original Bronco from 1965.
Under the hood, the 2021 Bronco is expected to be powered by the same 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo four that powers the Ranger. Expect around 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, with power being routed to the rear or all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Needless to say, this spring's reveal will be one of the biggest and most significant for 2020.