The return of the Ford Bronco is almost here… finally!
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across the automotive industry, but it sounds like things might be settling down next month. First, GAA Classic Cars announced that it will host a physical classic car auction (the first since the Amelia Island auctions), and now Ford says that the all-new Ford Bronco is finally ready for its world premier. Instead of the previous premier date initially set for this Spring, Ford is now saying the next-gen Bronco will debut in July, although no specific dates or production timeline have been announced. Ford lovers and off-road enthusiasts alike have certainly been patient, and the wait’s almost over.
Other than a Baja-prepped race truck, the only images we’ve seen of the 2021 Ford Bronco so far have been highly camouflaged pictures of these off-roaders undergoing testing, but that will all change next month when Ford will finally reveal its Jeep Wrangler rival. After a 25-year hiatus, the Bronco name will return for the 2021 model year, and it will be a traditional body-on-frame SUV available in two- and four-door configurations with a rear-mounted spare tire and removable doors and top. Unlike the Jeep Wrangler, the Bronco’s removable components will be stowable in the cargo area. By the time the sixth-gen Bronco launches, Ford also plans on having a full assortment of accessories for dealers to sell.
It still isn’t clear when Ford plans to introduce the Bronco Sport. This model is a more mainstream crossover based on the Ford Escape chassis, but it will have a boxier, more rugged design to match the Bronco. This version won’t have removable body parts.
Even more impressive, the new Bronco and Bronco Sport aren’t expected to be niche vehicles. Ford told its dealers that this Bronco family of SUV/CUVs will be aiming at a combined sales volume that surpasses 200,000 units per year.