With over 450 acres of off-road vehicle accessible dunes, Silver Lake State Park is a must visit destination for 4×4 fanatics. The massive expanse of land is also the only place east of the Mississippi River where you can ride a private motorized vehicle on sand dunes, which makes it a perfect spot for automakers to do some off-road testing. Case in point, Ford was recently spotted doing just that with the upcoming (tentatively named) Bronco Scout. The image was found on the AutoWeek Instagram page.
Better known at this point as the “baby Bronco”, the Scout is an all-new model that will ride on the same front-wheel-drive-based platform as the 2020 Ford Escape. The Ford Bronco Scout will play off the Escape in Ford’s compact SUV lineup, though the Scout is slated to be the tougher looking of the two vehicles. Despite the Bronco name, chances are that the Scout will be more of an exercise in rugged design than one of all-out off-road capabilities, and will likely go toe to toe with the Jeep Compass and the like. The larger Bronco flagship will go after the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner.
Despite the heavy camo, the Bronco Scout appears to have a squared greenhouse and long hood a la the Broncos of yesteryear, but there is a bit of fake bodywork going on with the disguise, such as a fake roofline that covers the luggage racks. A more accurate depiction of what we could officially see is teased in an image below.
The Scout also appears to have a bit more suspension travel and ground clearance compared to its platform-sharing sibling as well, as seen in the Instagram post made by AutoWeek. Expect the Bronco Scout to share the same turbocharged three and four cylinder engines that are found in the Escape, and we could just as well see a conventional hybrid and a plug-in hybrid model.
Ford has been waiting a long time to bring back the Bronco nameplate, and with it is said to be a
“family” of vehicles, starting with the 2021 Bronco and this smaller Bronco Scout. While we’re left sorting the names out, does anyone remember the Bronco II?