We have already seen the upcoming, highly-anticipated 2021 Ford Bronco in all kinds of spy shots and various leaked photos, which show it without any camouflage. However, what we haven’t yet seen is a version with no roof camo and no roof rack – and that’s what the photos our spies just captured show.
This particular prototype of the 2021 Ford Bronco four-door has dropped the bulky roof camouflage and doesn’t seem to be wearing any roof rack hardware, allowing us to clearly see the roof in its most natural form.
The Ford Bronco model seen here appears to be the middle-of-the-range trim, which will slot between the tamer Bronco models and the beefed-up, offroad-focused Bronco model that might be called Bronco Badlands.
The new Bronco is expected to be powered by the Ford 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine, as exclusively reported by Ford Authority earlier this year. Exact power output is currently unknown, but we do know that the engine is rated at 325 horsepower at 5,000 RPM and 400 pound-feet of torque at 2,750 RPM in the Ford F-150; the Bronco’s output should be similar. The twin-boosted and intercooled, Dual OverHead Cam (DOHC) six-banger uses aluminum heads and a compacted graphite iron block.
Two transmissions are expected to be offered: a seven-speed manual with a crawl mode as well as the new Ford 10-speed automatic.
It’s also worth noting that the 2021 Ford Bronco prototype seen in these photos is riding on the same wheel and tire combination as the black model in leaked images from earlier this year. The wheels of both models seem to be identical black, six-spoke units.
Ford Motor Company has confirmed plans to reveal the 2021 Ford Bronco sometime this spring. Production is expected to commence at the Ford Michigan assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan during the first half of the 2021 calendar year, making it either a 2021 model year vehicle.
The 2021 Ford Bronco will ride on the body-on-frame T6 platform loosely shared with the Ranger and international-market Ford Everest. This larger, body-on-frame Bronco model will be joined by the smaller, unibody Ford Bronco Sport on the Ford C2 platform. Production of this model, colloquially known as the “baby Bronco,” has recently started at the Ford Hermosillo plant in Mexico.