Just two weeks ago, we brought you the very first photos of a complete prototype of the 2021 Ford Bronco undergoing testing. That four-door model – likely the standard trim – left some unimpressed, since the vehicle didn’t look all that imposing for off-road duty. But now, we managed to catch a more offroad-oriented version of the upcoming SUV. For the sake of simplicity, let’s call this model the Bronco Raptor.
To be clear, we currently don’t know whether the model will actually be called Bronco Raptor or some of other names Ford has filed to trademark in association with the Bronco. But what we do know is that, compared to the regular prototype spied earlier, the beefed-up variant sits higher, features wider front and rear fender flares, and rides on beadlock wheels with beefy rubber.
We’ll save you the trouble of zooming in on the photos, and just tell you that the tires are GoodYear Wrangler 315/70R17 – the same used on the F-150 Raptor.
All of those visible features are likely complemented by various other items under the skin that make this a more capable variant of the upcoming Bronco that looks ready to take on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.
Though it’s wearing a lot of heavy camo that prevents us from seeing the design details, the general shape of the design is undeniable, and is in line with various rumors and the Ford Bronco R race vehicle that The Blue Oval showed off last year and subsequently raced.
Much like its chief rival – the Jeep Wrangler, the 2021 Ford Bronco will be available in two- and four-door configurations. The roof and doors will also be removable. A Bronco pickup variant is also part of the plan.
As Ford Authority exclusively reported, the all-new Ford Bronco is expected to be unveiled in April and go on sale several months thereafter. We’ll have more on this off-roader soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Bronco news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.