We caught a 2021 Ford Bronco prototype on video! This is one elusive little off-roader, one that only a handful of people seen in person. It’s not easy getting photos of prototypes and test mules in the wild. It’s even harder to get video footage of many of these vehicles.
It may look nothing like the actual production 2021 Ford Bronco, but the production model is somewhere under there. You can clearly see the short wheelbase and unusual proportions of the future Bronco. Despite using part of a Ford Ranger as a shell on top, there’s lots of details the video shows – if you look closely.
Here’s what we know:
- We know for certain that the 2021 Ford Bronco will be assembled in Ford Michigan Assembly Plant (MAP) in Wayne, Michigan, alongside the Ford Ranger.
- Many of the components used on the Ford Ranger will be used on the Bronco.
- Ford is also building a baby Bronco which may be called the Maverick or Scout. That vehicle will be based on a different platform based on crossover underpinnings.
- Ford CEO Jim Hackett recently stated that it will have a hybrid option too.
One of the most intriguing parts of this video is the fact that Ford went through great lengths to cover up the rear axle. There is a large fabric mesh that covers the entire rear axle. Everything, from the shocks, brakes, linkage and axle configuration are hidden. This leads to speculation that it my not be a simple solid rear axle, like the one used in the current Ford Ranger.