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Here’s what the 2022 Ford Bronco pick-up would really look like

2 months ago

A minor detail in an official Ford product video suggested the Bronco 4×4 could be offered as a dual-cab ute – so our designers set about making it an imagined reality


The high-anticipated Ford Bronco 4×4 could be offered in a dual-cab ute body style, if a sketch dropped into official Ford product video is to be believed.

Ford released a video in November that detailed the design process for the Bronco and within it were multiple sketches showing a dual-cab style ute roughing it outdoors.

Ford Bronco 2021 ute render rear
With rumours of a Bronco ute brewing our graphic designers whipped up a render to see what it would look like

The sketches appear multiple times during the promotional video which shows a roofless bronco ute with a surfboard loaded in the tray.

While a single drafted drawing could be seen as an experimental idea, the repeated nature of the sketched-out utes being used in a variety of situations suggests Ford designers have given serious consideration to this body style.

Ford Bronco 2021 ute sketches
In the video detailing the Bronco design process, multiple images appeared to show a dual-cab ute in different situations

The idea of a Bronco ute is so well suited to Australian motoring tastes that our designers set about mocking up what a 2022 Ford Bronco pick-up would look like.

The results are appealing to say the least, with the Bronco ute blending the best aspects of Ford’s hardcore off-roader with cues from the Ranger Raptor and full-size F-150.

Ford Bronco 2021 ute sketches 2
The sketches in the video show utes performing different tasks in various situations. Such as on the bottom right and centre left

A Bronco-based ute would make perfect sense given the Bronco sits upon the same platform as the current Ford Ranger, which has proven itself to be a capable off-road vehicle in Australia and more recently in the United States.

Ford Australia has flatly denied the possibility of the Bronco coming to Downunder and told Chasing Cars that it is a car designed for the North American market with no consideration for Australia – despite the dedicated 4×4 being built on the same T6 chassis as the Ford Ranger ute available here.

Ford Bronco 2021 ute render side
In our render Bronco would have a large tray with plenty of room left over for passengers

But when Ford Authority spoke to the chief designer of the Bronco, Paul Wraith, he made it clear that building a right-hand drive version would not be difficult.

“We’ve optimised for left-hand-drive, but we did look at right-hand-drive,” he said

“(The) Bronco is intensely famous here in the U.S. but it’s pretty famous, or at least it was famous, elsewhere in the world. We’re always open to do all sorts of things in the future, but right now, we’re left-hand-drive focused.”

Ford Ranger Raptor 2021 driving
A Bronco ute would make sense since it sits on the same T6 platform as the Ranger

Ford chose the T6 chassis as it was similar in dimension and capability to the Bronco’s key rival in the Jeep Wrangler and even imitated some largely Jeep exclusive features such as removable doors that some argued made it unrivalled in the off road segment.

A ute body style then, could be seen as a direct rival to the Jeep Gladiator ute by offering a ladder-frame chassis ute with a proven ability to haul loads and tear through the rough stuff.

Although platforms can often be stretched, the Bronco’s smaller footprint would be noticeably smaller than the Gladiator, with the Ranger ute on which it is based measuring around 200mm shorter than the full-sized Jeep. 

The Bronco has completely different rear suspension to the Ranger giving it increased capability off road

When comparing the Bronco and most hardcore variant of the Ford Ranger in the Raptor, it’s clear to see that the American SUV would be the most capable off road.

While the pair naturally share some parts the rear suspension on the Bronco is completely different, forgoing the Raptor’s leaf spring setup for a more capable coil spring and shock absorber setup. 

However, the Bronco is notably down on towing capacity with a 1587 kg tow rating only slightly better than most hatchbacks, compared to 2,500 kg in the Ranger Raptor – which is capable of a full 3,500 kg in its regular variants. 

Ford Bronco 2021 rear
Ford has yet to start the Bronco’s production with a huge amount of back orders for both the two and four-door variants

But for those who spend more time in the dirt than towing a trailer those numbers are not the ones that matter.

The Bronco is shorter at 4.84 metres and slimmer at 1.94 metres in four-door top-spec Badlands trim compared to the Ranger at 5.4 and two metres respectively, giving it increased maneuverability without providing the interior space of a Suzuki Jimny.

When fitted with the optional 35-inch tyres the Bronco also sits higher than the Raptor, at 292mm vs 283mm, allowing for improved approach (43.2), break-over (26.6) and departure angles (37) than the Ranger Raptor at 32.5, 24 and 24 respectively. 

If a Bronco ute does come to fruition we likely will not hear anything about it for some time, with Ford yet to even start manufacturing the two and four-door SUV versions of the off-roader which both have a huge backlog of orders.