The starting point for this eye candy was obviously a rendering showcasing the 2021 Ford Bronco in three-door form, with this looking pretty close to the actual car, which was caught on camera inside the Michigan plant, albeit with the latter being the five-door incarnation of the model. And we can thank digital artist Mo Aoun for this visual adventure.
Now, the rugged terrain transformation starts with the redefined "road" connection. As such, we're dealing with beadlock wheels that can keep those massive all-terrain tires in place, while long-travel shock absorbers are also present.
There's a host of protection elements, with metal bars found at both ends of the vehicle, as well as around the side skirts.
As for the lifestyle part of the equation, the partial "top" caters to those needs, while the pair of spare wheels sitting in the back is there to ensure one can return from any adventure. When it comes to the extra lights and the winch, such features are only natural.
Such goodies could always show up via the Ford Performance Parts and Accessories catalog, while aftermarket developers will obviously wish to develop hardware of the sort.
Returning to the rumors mentioned in the intro, the most recent gossip mentions that the Bronco, as well as the Mustang, could evolve into sub-brands, with the recent introduction of the Mustang Mach-E electric crossover appearing to support this hypothesis.
The automaker has already established an Icons Group, which supports models like the Mustang, the GT and the F-150 Raptor, but introducing sub-brands would make for a separate step and, returning to the opinion-splitting nature of the said EV, here's to hoping a balance will be found.
Meanwhile, the Bronco, which is based on the body-on-frame underpinnings of the Raptor pickup truck is already on track to receive a smaller brother. Dubbed Bronco Sport (here's a leaked photo), this crossover will be built on the FWD-based platform of the Escape, albeit coming with AWD as an option.
Following the global health crisis delays, the Bronco is expected to land within the next three months, while the Sport model should follow shortly, with this also expected to come as 2021 model.