2021 Ford Bronco

Release Date
Spring 2020
Price Range
Not available

What to expect

  • The Bronco nameplate returns for 2021
  • Truck-based architecture based on the Ranger pickup
  • Bronco R race truck previews the production SUV's boxy styling
  • It's been more than 20 years since Ford last sold the Bronco

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The Bronco Is Back! Sort Of.
What is it?

It's finally here. Sort of. Ford has released the first look of its upcoming 2021 Bronco SUV in the form of the Bronco R, an extreme, race-prepped 4WD prototype vehicle that will compete in portions of this year's Baja 1000. The SUV is heavily modified with a lightweight composite body, an off-road racing suspension and 37-inch off-road tires pushed far out to the corners. But it does provide several hints at the production version that is soon to follow.

Ford says it built the Bronco R prototype using a modified version of the body-on-frame platform that it uses for its midsize Ranger pickup. This will underpin the upcoming production Bronco, too. The Bronco R's basic suspension design — a five-link rear suspension with a solid axle and an independent front suspension — will also be used for the production model.

Under the hood of the Bronco R is a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission. The company says that, too, is a sign of things to come but would not provide any further detail about the engine's displacement or horsepower.

Around the exterior, the Bronco R presents a sleek and chiseled body that is undoubtedly exaggerated for racing. Those massive fender flares aren't making it to dealerships. But the aggressively boxy silhouette, upright windshield, and flat hood and roof are likely to be a preview of the 2021 Bronco. We think even the wide front end with bold Bronco lettering and squared rear taillights are a good bet for the production model. And we think buyers will fall for it.

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2021 Ford Bronco
Why does it matter?

The arrival of the 2021 Bronco marks a serious commitment from Ford to return to the off-road SUV market. It's also a revival of one of the brand's most well-known models, at least for truck enthusiasts. Ford pulled the plug on the Bronco after the 1996 model year to focus on more family-focused SUVs such as the Explorer.

Unlike Chevrolet, which last year similarly brought its popular Blazer SUV name out of retirement only to apply it to a crossover SUV, Ford is keeping the Bronco's rugged truck-based heritage intact. The 2021 Bronco arrives in the spring of 2020.

2021 Ford Bronco - Detail
2021 Ford Bronco
What does it compete with?

The Ford Bronco appears squarely aimed at the king of off-road SUVs, the Jeep Wrangler. Like the Wrangler, the Bronco will be offered in both two- and four-door configurations. The Toyota 4Runner is another popular choice. More upscale models include the new Land Rover Defender and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

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2021 Ford Bronco
Edmunds says

Like most of America, we're starving for Bronco news. With the Bronco R, there is finally something concrete to daydream about. We think the Bronco R is a solid depiction of what Ford will bring to the table with the production version. This brash and boxy SUV should be ideal for both off-road adventurers or just regular consumers looking for an SUV with personality.