If this video is anything to go by, we're in for a treat
It might have gone through some setbacks in recent months, but the much-anticipated 2021 Ford Bronco is heading our way, even if deliveries are only scheduled to start next year. This off-road champion which will give then Ford F-150 Raptor a good run for its money has recently been spotted in the wild where it was looking pretty competent in the rough stuff.
In this 45-second video clip, we can see a couple of Ford Broncos in full camouflage driving over muddy trails in a lonesome looking forest and bashing through mug-clogged roads without a care in the world. Closeups of the rear end of one of the cars show us the excellent suspension articulation.
With the Bronco now in its fifth generation, Ford fans are eager to find out what its true capabilities are. We already know that it won't look exactly as it did in leaked photos.
The video continues with the range of Ford Broncos climbing up muddied hills, fighting for traction as they climb to the summit, all the while showing off good break over angles and more than enough ground clearance for some serious off-roading. One Youtube commenter is clearly excited about Ford's new product, saying " I can't wait! I have put off buying a new vehicle since Ford put out the first teaser!"
The secret to the Bronco's off-roading ability is not a major secret: the lifted ride height and short wheelbase mean it has an excellent break over angle. Some of the latest news reveals that the Bronco will make use of a Getrag-sourced seven-speed manual transmission.
According to a report from TFLCar, this seventh gear will not be for happily cruising down the highway at low revs, but will be used as a low-speed crawler gear which will allow the Bronco to slowly muscle its way up rocky hills and other obstacles. By what we can tell from this short video, Ford is taking off-roading pretty seriously.