2021 Ford Bronco prototype spotted, with production body? (video)

January 22, 2020

Ford has been spotted test driving what is believed to be a prototype version of the all-new, 2021 Bronco. And it wears what is also believed to be the production design body.

We’ve seen prototypes before, however, these were clearly based on the Ford Ranger pickup from the US. This prototype takes on a much boxier shape that we haven’t seen before. The new model is expected to be a properly heavy-duty off-road vehicle, with a design inspired by the iconic older models.

Well, this prototype certainly seems to point that way. You can see very short front and rear overhangs for optimum approach and departure angles, and big, bulging wheel arches to accommodate chunky tyres. Upright windows and thin pillars also provide a clear vista from the cabin outward.

Being a prototype means there are likely to be plenty of makeshift panels and faux fixtures. The roof, for example, is completely covered up with a black sheet and might not sit that high. Around at the the front the grilles and headlights are wrapped in camouflage and sheeting, concealing their design.

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Ford released a preview video last week showing a Ranger-based prototype tackling tough off-road conditions. On that, it was clear to see the mule featured live axle suspension at the rear and an independent front end. This spotted prototype also seems to use a live axle rear end. Ford’s official video also confirmed a debut for the second quarter of this year.

As for the power source, speculations suggest it will be offered with a 2.3-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder producing around 200kW, while a 2.7-litre EcoBoost turbo-petrol V6 developing around 240kW is also expected. We’ll have to wait and see to know for sure. Check out the spy video, by Motor1, below for a sneak peek.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.