2021 Ford Bronco Scout

2021 Ford Bronco Scout

Last Updated August 4, 2019 | C.J. Tragakis

As more and more information comes out about the 2021 Ford Bronco, many of the details about the Ford Bronco Scout (once known by the fan base as the "Baby Bronco") are still sparse. Here's what we know about this tiny unibody crossover that will be released in tandem with its larger, tougher sibling.

Bronco Scout Name Confirmed, Will Be Unibody Crossover That is Less Off-Road-Focused Than Bronco (7/5/2019)

As photographers continue to capture images of various 2021 Bronco mules being tested, we still have yet to see the second vehicle of the bundle, which has been known as the “Baby Bronco.” Now, sources who spoke to Ford Authority have confirmed that these off-road-focused mules in the spy shots are indeed just the larger Bronco. This is logical based on what we already knew, but there were also some further confirmations regarding the smaller upcoming model.

The sources confirmed that the “Baby Bronco” model, a unibody crossover, will actually be called the Bronco Scout. This name was trademarked back in April and seems a natural fit for this smaller, everyday-focused vehicle, which should still offer some looks inspired by its big brother.

There’s a good chance it will use the same global, modular front-wheel drive platform as the Escape and Focus. Being small yet still likely to offer some rugged visual attributes, the Bronco Scout will likely appeal to drivers who want the style of something like the Jeep Renegade but do not partake in serious off-road activities. We expect it to be practical and easy to live with, not to mention much less expensive than the larger body-on-frame Bronco.

The “Scout” moniker gives it a distinct separation and is also evocative of smaller, military scout vehicles, such as the M3 Scout Car. While enthusiasts would usually decry a vehicle that is only off-road “inspired” (without the chops to back it up), most Ford fans seem pleased enough that the Blue Oval is also catering to all-terrain adventurers with the larger, much more robust Bronco.

Check back as we receive more information and await the first spy shots of the new Bronco Scout.

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Leaked Images of the Ford Baby Bronco (11/13/2018)

Although Ford won’t comment on the rampant rumors and speculation that followed a leaked photo from the annual dealership meeting in Las Vegas, savvy enthusiasts quickly realized that the vehicle shown was almost certainly not the larger, confirmed 2021 Bronco.

2021 Ford Baby Bronco Leaked Photo from Dealership Meeting This leaked image of the possible 2021 Ford Baby Bronco made headlines on the web.

In fact, it is a smaller crossover that has been lovingly dubbed the “Baby Bronco." That’s definitely not the official name, which has yet to be released by Ford. Some believe that Ford's recent trademark application for the name "Puma" could be a likely candidate. It could be a fitting moniker, and Ford actually used it in the late 1990s for a small coupe that was sold in Europe.

Ford ‘s executive vice president of product development, Hau Thai-Tang, said in August 2018 that this smaller crossover would be based on the global Focus platform, indicating unibody construction. Although this means it will not be a dedicated off-road machine, this is not a surprising revelation. Having car-like dynamics, comfort, and handling is important for many drivers, and there will probably be enough add-ons to give the Baby Bronco some moderate off-roading prowess.

Ford Baby Bronco Competitors

Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Off-Road The Jeep Renegade, especially in Trailhawk trim, is a competent off-roader and a direct target of the Baby Bronco.

The Baby Bronco looks to be similar in size to the Jeep Renegade, which would likely be a direct competitor. Despite its diminutive size and unibody frame, this small Jeep can be spec-ed out to be extremely capable off-road. Sales dropped 6 percent year-over-year in 2018, but Jeep still sold a healthy 97,062 Renegade units in the calendar year.

Slightly larger but still in the realm of competition, the Jeep Compass actually more than doubled its sales in 2018, with an impressive 171,167 total units sold. While a lot of press has been focused on the launch of the JL Wrangler and Gladiator, these smaller models have also been quietly contributing to FCA’s success.

So is there room for Ford to jump into this product segment? Signs point to yes. In terms of sub-compact crossovers that are truly all-terrain-capable, the list is extremely short.

Suzuki Jimny SZ5 4x4 The Suzuki Jimny is a tiny, true body-on-frame SUV. It won't come to the U.S. but is popular abroad.

Though the new body-on-frame Suzuki Jimny has been making the internet rounds for its recent launch, there is absolutely nothing to indicate a U.S. release any time in the near future. The impressive capability and adorable dimensions and styling of this true SUV have caught the acclaim of enthusiasts, though it might not sit as well with the general public.

We don’t have the Fiat Panda or Dacia Duster in the States either, so Ford could be stepping into market territory that is more or less wholly owned by Jeep at this point. Depending on how the car is marketed, there is also potential to grab market share from raised wagons like the Subaru Crosstrek.

The continual and rising popularity of crossovers in America means that the Baby Bronco might be an easy sell not only for hardcore off-roading enthusiasts but also those who simply want a compact, daily driver that looks rugged and features 4WD.

North American International Auto Show in Detroit - Anticipating New Ford Releases

We look forward to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to see if Ford is keen on releasing any more information. Though the full-size 2021 Bronco is not even guaranteed to make an appearance (we remain optimistic) and many eyes will be on the Mustang Shelby GT500 and re-designed 2020 Explorer, we’ll keep you updated here with the latest information as it comes in!

2021 Ford Bronco Scout

We don’t have much concrete info about the Bronco Scout, originally dubbed the “Baby Bronco" by the internet. Apart from a leaked image, a name, and some basic chassis information, everything else remains speculation on this mysterious, sub-compact crossover from Ford.