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Ford kits out Bronco concepts to celebrate the nameplate’s birthday

By on August 14, 2020 0 120 Views

How many other 55-year-olds you know this ready for the outdoors?

hile the hotly anticipated 2021 Bronco is a new vehicle, the nameplate itself stretches back 55 years, a span nearly long enough to qualify Bronco for the early bird special at Olive Garden.

In honour of the occasion, Ford has trotted out a series of adventure concepts laden with accessories available through Blue Oval dealers.

More than a hundred factory-backed add-ons exist for Bronco Sport, with nearly double that number available for the big-daddy full-size Bronco. Repping the latter are two- and four-door concepts, the former built to support a pro fishing guide while the other is intended to be a hardcore trail rider.

Based on the Outer Banks trim, the four-door has a front-row soft top, factory-style roof rails and crossbars, plus a Yakima platform roof rack. Those neato fender-mounted trail sights, which are surely going to become a Bronco trademark styling feature, provide mounting points for a quartet of fishing rods. The front bull bar looks, erm, bullish as well.

The two-door builds on the Badlands model, incorporating the aforementioned front bumper but ratcheting things up several notches with tube doors, beadlock-capable wheels, and a collapsed sun lightbar. A winch from Warn sticks out from the front like a spoilt child’s bottom lip.

A trio of baby Bronco Sports have also been fettled with items from Ford’s accessory catalog. Similar in idea to the full-size concept just described, a Trail Rig adds 31-inch BFGoodrich meats and a 1-inch lift in an effort to keep up with its big brother off road. The TOW RZR concept is set up to – you guessed it – tow a Polaris RZR, while the Off-Roadeo Adventure Patrol deploys recovery gear like a lift jack and includes a target on which to land that drone you’re using to capture video worthy of the ‘gram.

Speaking of the Off-Roadeo, the hilly country around Austin has been announced as the first location in which Ford will offer off-road driving clinics to owners of the Bronco two- and four-door and Bronco Sport Badlands.

Starting next summer, it’ll provide a venue for these Blue Oval gearheads to get the most adventure out of their SUVs and to build connections to the greater Bronco community. The routes will be designed for all skill levels, with experiences that aim to build confidence and inspire Bronco owners to get out in the wild.

Matthew Guy

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