Ford’s engineers might have already developed the screen animation of the upcoming Bronco SUV, and finding it took a bit of trickery and luck.
A member of the Bronco6GForum claims to have discovered it buried deep in one of the backend service menus of an F-150, during the latest SYNC 3.4 software update, alongside the animations for other Fords and Lincolns.
The user took a short video of it, which starts with a bunch of rocks rolling down and then morphing into a bucking horse – you know, like a bronco. We do not know if the animation is legit, so we’ll have to take it with the proverbial pinch of salt. Even if it is, we cannot safely state that this is the final version that will be used in the production Bronco.
Screen animations aside, Ford’s Jeep Wrangler competitor is expected to launch next year. Sources have hinted towards the SUV having removable doors and roof, and many things in common with the Ranger, possibly including the 2.3-liter EcoBoost, four-cylinder engine that delivers 270 hp and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. The boxy exterior with sharp angles and round headlights should be the main design characteristics.
Those who feel like the new Bronco is too big or expensive for their needs will be able to buy another small SUV whose name is still unknown. Unofficially baptized the ‘Baby Bronco’, it will have angular styling as well and will challenge the likes of the Jeep Renegade. However, Europeans could miss out on both, as Ford doesn’t seem to be interested in launching them in the Old Continent.
*Update, it seems the video has been taken down, but fortunately, we saved the screenshots