Teaser images and some details were provided by Ford at a presentation last week on the upcoming 2021 Ford Bronco. The private event for some US dealers saw a pre-production model shown and some ideas and details shared with the audience.
Not everyone shared details of what was said during the presentation but enough data escaped that we have a good idea of what to expect in the 2021 Ford Bronco. Dealers were sworn to secrecy and had to hand in their phones before the presentation began but like all such things, some just couldn’t keep the news to themselves. That’s good for us as we now have some idea of what to expect in the new Ford truck.
2021 Ford Bronco
It will be available in two door and four door versions from the off. There will also be RWD and AWD options too which makes it well worth checking out here in Canada. The initial release will eventually be joined by other models including a pickup as Ford said the Bronco would form part of a ‘family’ of vehicles.
The truck will have the option for a removable hard top and doors like the Jeep and both have been configured so they fit into the load bed for easy storage. The side mirrors are attached to the pillar instead of the door so they don’t move when the doors are removed, which is a plus point over the Wrangler.
We know the Bronco features a retro design and the dealers confirmed that. It is said to feature an old school front grille with round headlights, simple panels with very little detailing, high ground clearance, retro-style wheels, simple rear lights and a nice balance of old and new.
We don’t know what the interior was like as either the dealers didn’t get a look inside or they didn’t tell anyone what they saw. I think it reasonable to expect a similar approach to the exterior. A modern yet legacy design that balances the old and the new equally well.
No details were shared about engines or drivetrains, just that AWD was definitely going to be an option. It isn’t unreasonable to expect one of Ford’s newer turbocharged engines, perhaps a smaller variant of the 2.3 from the F-150. It is also likely to use the very capable ten speed automatic transmission and may offer a hybrid powertrain either at launch or shortly afterwards.
The 2021 Ford Bronco is expected at the end of 2020, after the so-called Baby Bronco. Exactly what models will be available then has yet to be announced. Expect a lot more coverage of the Bronco from Ford over the coming year.