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The Screen Animation Is What Drivers Are Likely To See When They Fire Up The New Off-Road SUV

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.

2021 Ford Bronco Teaser Image

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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