One of the most heated topics surrounding the 2021 Ford Bronco release is the exterior. The Ford Bronco’s classic boxy
style is recognizable all around the world. Once word spread of the new Bronco, enthusiasts began to wonder about the appearance. Would Ford stick to the original well-loved design or would they modernize the Bronco?
We’re pleased that all the prototypes we’ve seen have stayed true to the original Bronco styling. Ford hasn’t shared any
official photos, but some images have been leaked on forums. These photos imply that the 2021 Bronco will have the
famous boxy shape, round headlights, and an aggressive stance.
The Bronco R vs 2021 Bronco Exterior
Back in 1969, the Bronco was the last 4x4 vehicle to win an overall victory in the Baja 1000. For the 50th anniversary
in 2019, Ford debuted a Bronco R race prototype to compete in the desert race.
Ford’s goal for this model was to make it “unmistakably Bronco at first sight.” The first-generation Bronco was the main
inspiration for the build. Yet, Ford attests that the Bronco R also hints to the 2021 Bronco.
The Bronco R didn’t quite make it to the finish line this time around. But the prototype is the closest look we’ve
gotten at what could be the new Bronco. In this side-by-side photo, you can see Rod Hall’s classic Bronco that won in
1967 compared to the Bronco R.
The iconic “Bronco” grill and boxy exterior are present, although more modernized. Of course, the actual production
model won’t be ready to conquer the Baja 1000 right off the lot. Though we would be happy to see some of the same style
elements on the 2021 Bronco.
2021 Bronco Patents
Ford filed for several patent designs that may be featured in the 2020 Bronco exterior. Patents don’t guarantee
anything, but we like what we’ve seen so far.
One patent is for split-level doors, so we know Ford is serious about staying true to the Bronco’s open-air roots.
Another patent has a tube door concept equipped with an airbag for enhanced safety.
What we’re excited about, though, is the door panel patent. To compete with the Jeep Wrangler, the Bronco’s doors need
to be removable. Ford filed a patent for quick-release door skins that could give the Bronco an edge over the Wrangler.
Wrangler doors are easy enough to get off with a few tools, but doors that come off with the touch of a button? Even
Upgrade Your 2021 Bronco’s Exterior
Some Bronco enthusiasts will choose to keep their 2021 Bronco as close to stock as possible. For those who plan on going
off-road, body armor, bumpers, fender flares, and other gear can help protect your brand new rig.
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Source: Ford Media Center