The stubbiest new Bronco looks awesome drifting, getting air, and crawling through snow.
The 2021 Ford Bronco in any form is likely going to be an exciting thing to drive on muddy or rocky trails, but no question the smaller two-door model will be the best billy goat of the bunch. At long last, we've managed to snag photos of the new two-door Bronco testing, covered in camouflage; until now, we've only seen four-doors in the wild.
This latest batch of spy shots has us all the more impatient to drive the stubbier Bronco. Just look at it playing in the snow, frolicking about like it doesn't have a care (or a sure-to-be-brutal rivalry with the Jeep Wrangler) in the world. Whoever is doing the driving appears to be having quite a time.
The 2021 Ford Bronco two-door is likely to be the most responsive and off-road-capable variant of the lineup, owing to its shorter wheelbase and resultant improved breakover angle and turning radius. The model seen here is wearing heavy camouflage on the rear roof, likely hiding a funky removable hardtop or a folding soft top similar to the Jeep Wrangler's setup. The prototype also clearly features A-pillar-mounted sideview mirrors, meaning removable doors are a distinct possibility.
It is also wearing tires with an aggressive tread pattern—unironically Wrangler-branded Goodyear tires. It's not certain whether these will be factory-spec tires on all Broncos or only for certain trims like a top-of-the-line Raptor model (or for that matter, if this is a one-off tire fitment for maximum snow traction). A closeup underbody shot also betrays a comprehensive set of skid plates, and the wheels look to be beadlock-capable. A tow loop up front protects the license plate.
We can also make out a few key features, including an array of sensors and cameras in the windshield that enable automated emergency braking (and likely adaptive cruise control). That's unsurprising given Ford's aspiration to include active safety on all of its cars, trucks, and SUVs going forward.
The 2021 Ford Bronco two-door and four-door lineup is close to making its full debut. Our best guess is that it will be unveiled at either the 2020 New York International Auto Show in April or the Detroit show in June, which lines up with our latest timing expectation for the truck's reveal. New York would be an unusual venue for a world-conquering sport-ute if the Bronco weren't so hotly anticipated. Hey, we'll take our Bronco reveal where we can get it—just show us the truck already, Ford!