Before the 2021 Ford Bronco was revealed, rumors of a pickup version ran rampant. The idea of a Ford Bronco pickup made a lot of sense given the fact that the Blue Oval SUV competes directly with the Jeep Wrangler, which has its own pickup version in the Gladiator. Ford Authority rendered two- and four-door versions of the Bronco pickup last year, but as we reported back in August, this project has officially been canceled, which means that one-off builds like this 2021 Ford Bronco pickup from the suspension parts makers at BDS are as close as we’ll get. And that’s a shame, given how good it looked under the lights at the 2021 SEMA Show.
BDS officially refers to its Ford Bronco pickup as a “half-top,” but it is essentially a Bronco SUV that’s has had its rear cargo area converted into a bed. The resulting show rig started life as a two-door Black Diamond trimmed SUV, but it has taken on a fire-rescue theme and is designed to be capable of fighting fires and helping those in need, no matter how rugged the terrain might get.
In that regard, the BDS “Fire Command” Bronco, as it’s officially known, is a bit of a throwback to the early Broncos that were used by a number of rural fire departments around the U.S. decades ago. This particular rig is powered by Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4, which has been enhanced with a Ford Performance Borla cat-back exhaust and is mated to a seven-speed manual transmission.
Underneath, this Bronco has been fortified with a BDS four-inch DSC coilover lift kit, Uniball upper control arms and adjustable rear control arms, Fox 2.5 Elite Series coilovers with remote reservoirs, and JKS control arm skid plates. That gear makes room for a set of 17×9-inch Method Race Series 106 wheels and 37-inch Nitto Trail Grappler tires.
The exterior of the BDS Bronco pickup has received a host of upgrades as well, including Rigid/Ford Performance 4-inch LED a-pillar lights, a Warn VR Evo winch, an ARB jack, a Yakima LoadWarrior basket, and additional Rigid lighting on the roof, bed rack, and under the Bronco’s body. Additional goodies include emergency flashers, the aforementioned custom half top conversion, a drop tailgate, custom tonneau cover, Crawltek front and rear bumpers, rock sliders, a tray system, and all the stuff a firefighter would want out on the job such as an ax and shovel.
Even though it was built using a custom kit, we imagine that at least one aftermarket company will begin offering pickup conversion kits like this one to customers in the coming months. After all, there are plenty of eager Bronco fans out there clamoring for one.