A start-up animation was discovered in the latest Ford Sync 3.4 software update that gave way to what can only belong to one vehicle: the highly anticipated 2021 Ford Bronco set to launch next year. The animation was said to be found in one of the backend service menus. The entire sequence is roughly 13 seconds long, featuring rocks and pebbles that form up into – you guessed it – an iconic bucking Bronco emblem. While not discovered through official means, it’s hard to imagine somebody taking the time to construct a deep fake. The animation is provided just below:
The video was first posted by the Bronco6G forum, and has made its way around the internet blogosphere after that.
The 2021 Ford Bronco is expected to take the fight to the JL Jeep Wrangler, with removable doors and a roof, while a trove of accessories from Yakima hopes to rival offerings from Mopar. It will be a body-on-frame midsize SUV sharing an architecture with the Ford Ranger pickup truck, and will allegedly feature locking front and rear differentials (likely on higher trim levels). Various patent images have hinted at everything from onboard removable door storage, to A-pillar mounted mirrors, what will even feature puddle lighting with the Bronco logo, to door rail airbags during open air driving. There will also reportedly be a Ford Bronco pickup truck, which could negate the need for a Ranger Raptor.
Under the hood of the 2021 Ford Bronco has been reported to have the ubiquitous 2.3L EcoBoost four cylinder as seen in the Ranger and Mustang. In the Ranger, the engine is good for 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, sending power through a 10-speed automatic transmission. An upgrade from the base engine is expected to be the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 that’s found in the Ford F-150. Ford Motor Company has also trademarked several names involving the Bronco, which could either point to various trim levels, or separate models entirely.