The 2021 Ford Bronco was designed with modularity in mind. Almost every body panel is removable for fun, like the roof and doors, or for modification, like the fenders and grille. Because of this, Ford hopes no two Broncos look alike once owners start personalizing their off-road SUVs, and we are seeing more and more Bronco parts every day. But the latest Ford Bronco accessory hasn’t gone down well with fans ever since Ford was caught testing it with pre-production vehicles. These bolt on Ford Bronco fender flares are coming, but they aren’t too attractive, especially on a Badlands model.
The photos we’re first uploaded to the Bronco 6th Gen Facebook group by a Dean C.Dupuis. The photos show what looks like a two door Badlands model in Velocity Blue (more on this one later) and a Shadow Black four door Wildtrak model, which means it has the Sasquatch Package. The original Facebook post calls these fender flares aftermarket, but they are technically a Ford Accessory, as we saw them earlier this year in Ford’s preliminary catalogue. They’re presumed to be from Bushwacker.
While beefed up fenders are typically a good look on off-road SUVs, these look pretty tacky on the Ford Bronco. We think they just make the proportions look odd with the wheels and tires, which is why the Sasquatch model looks much better here. If it had bigger tires, it could pull off the look much better, and that’s probably what these high clearance units are intended for. But with the smaller base Bronco Badlands 33 inch tires, we agree with the Facebook commenters. That’s also why the upcoming Ford Bronco Warthog, with bulging fenders built into the body work, will likely come with a wider track and 37 inch tires.
But that two door, base Ford Bronco Badlands has another interesting detail nobody else has noticed, which makes sense given the rather offensive and attention grabbing fender flares. It’s rocking a soft top, which Ford currently doesn’t offer on the two-door 2021 Bronco. Currently, you can only get a two door with either a molded in color or Shadow Black hardtop. The four door is available with either hard or soft top options, so this could indicate Ford plans to offer the two door with a soft top in the future.