Back in January, Ford released a brief video clip of an early stage Bronco test mule cruising through an unnamed patch of desert. This time, Ford has unleashed a new 42 second video clip that shows more refined prototypes powering their way through tough Georgia’s infamous red clay pits.
The clip in question comes from Bronco Nation the all in one forum/news/merchandise site for all things Bronco that was launched earlier this month. While the site claims to be an “all independent enthusiast community” a closer look at the finer things reveals that it is run by Jackson Dawson one of the external marketing firms that Ford uses. But look past that, and the video clip in question reveals a number of new things. For instance, both two and four door Broncos are featured slogging through the challenging clay fields, and it appears that the Bronco will pack a few pieces of technology some of its competition doesn’t have.
The video starts off with a bang at the 0:10 mark with a two door Bronco clambering up a clay hill, with more effort being needed to complete the task at 0:30. However, in between that, the four door Bronco appears to do a classic rock crawling move called a “front dig.” As the Bronco in question maneuvers its way around a tree, the inside rear wheel locks up while the front wheels continue to spin which helps pull the SUV around and reduces the turning radius. If the Bronco does indeed come with that capability straight from the factory, it would be a huge advantage over the Jeep Wrangler which does not have such a system in place. In the case of the Bronco, it appears to be operated by a switch on the dashboard, but we will have to wait until the Bronco’s formal debut to find out if that is indeed the case.
Lastly, while the prototypes here are still heavily camouflaged, a barrage of leaks over the past few months (separate video about that below) has revealed that underneath all the canvas and camera disrupting patterns, the Bronco will have a heavily retro suit of clothes, with multiple references to 60’s and 70’s era models being baked into some of its rugged go anywhere motif.
In the meantime, we have included the video in question below and stay tuned for the formal debut of the Bronco which is expected to take place sometime in the near future.