Despite its rebirth still being months away, the 2021 Ford Bronco has been one of the most talked about vehicles in recent history. Ford has managed to keep information about the upcoming off-roader out of the media’s hands, though there has been a constant trickle of clues coming from USPTO filings and posts on Bronco forums. However, we now have our first bit of media from Ford showing off the development of the hotly anticipated SUV, albeit in prototype form.
Thanks to a video uploaded to Ford’s YouTube channel, we get a sneak peek as to what the Bronco might be like when it’s not on pavement. The clip features the same truck-like test mule wearing camouflage that has been spotted testing both on road and off over the course of last year. While the video doesn’t offer up any new design clues for the utility vehicle, it does a great job showing off the work that Ford has done to make the Bronco a capable 4X4 SUV.
The film was shot in Johnson Valley, California, where the prototype SUV has been undergoing testing. The way in which the 2021 Ford Bronco tackles this sandy and often times boulder-covered terrain is enough to excite any off-roading fan. Sure, it’s only a 42 second long clip, but so far we like what we see.
As the video became public, a fresh batch of spy photos surfaced across the internet for all to see. Ditching the profile of what looks like a chopped-up Ford Ranger, the 2021 Ford Bronco looks boxy, rugged, and every bit capable to take on the Jeep Wrangler with proper off-road kit such as live axles and grabby tires.
Ford announced back in November that the Bronco will be unveiled in the spring of 2020, which strongly suggests an official reveal around the rebooted North American International Auto Show in Detroit this June. While the month is considered part of summer, two-thirds of it is actually a spring month, and the Detroit Auto Show – starting June 6 – is very much in the springtime.