The beauty of buying parts and accessories from an automotive manufacturer is that we know that they’ve been tested and work nicely with our vehicles. That’s also a nice perk for future 2021 Ford Bronco (and Bronco Sport) owners, who will have hundreds of factory accessories to choose from. But as a Bronco6G member recently discovered at a ridealong at King of the Hammers, the 2021 Ford Bronco factory winch causes a bit of a problem.
As we can see from this photo, the 2021 Ford Bronco factory winch – the Warn ZEON 10-S – blocks a pretty large portion of the SUV’s front camera view. Since the Bronco’s camera system is one of its many useful features, particularly while off-roading, this is obviously a big concern. And it seems that relocating the camera would also be a problem since its location is integral to the 360-degree camera view. Ford Authority reached out to Ford for a comment on this matter, and it confirmed the issue.
“Bronco designers and engineers pushed what really matters to our customers – maximum off-road capability and ease of installing off-road accessories. While some of the front camera view is blocked by the optional accessory winch, the all-new Bronco also features wheel-spotting cameras to help see obstacles ahead of the wheels on the trail.”
For some, this may not be a huge concern, but for others, it probably will. It just depends on how much owners value the view they get from their front camera. Regardless, it’s a given that at least one aftermarket manufacturer is already working on a solution for this problem, whether that be a new front bumper design, a revised winch design, or a camera redesign.
Regardless, as wide a view as the front camera provides, we imagine that owners will be looking at the back of their winches no matter what. Perhaps someone can minimize that to a degree, however, which would help. But in the meantime, those that opt for the factory winch when ordering their Bronco are in for a rather unpleasant surprise when they take delivery.