The familiar body lines might be hiding something else…

As Ford moves away from its line of sedans, it’s instead focusing (perhaps “concentrating” is a more appropriate word) much more heavily on its crossovers and trucks. As such, the Blue Oval has a swarm of fresh prototypes out on the road, like this recently spied compact crossover - leading us to ask, is this the new Baby Bronco?

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Is This the 2021 Ford Bronco II, aka “Baby Bronco?” Exterior Spyshots
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It recently came to light that after two-and-a-half decades collecting dust, Ford was gearing up to reintroduce the Bronco nameplate.

With the future release of the popular SUV, rumors spread that the brand was also planning a smaller crossover iteration, which came to be known as the “Baby Bronco.”

Now, we might have the early test mules pictured right here. Previously, we speculated the Baby Bronco could be little more than a re-bodied Ford Focus, which would make sense for this tall-riding test mule.

Of course, the final production iteration would look quite a bit different from what we see here, with a much more boxy design compared to the jacked-up Fiesta body seen here. However, the large fenders would remain, mated to a more rugged appearance. LED lighting and other modern touches would help give it a contemporary gloss, while the updated interior would offer decent practicality and comfort, plus the latest infotainment stuff to boot.

Is This the 2021 Ford Bronco II, aka “Baby Bronco?” Exterior Spyshots
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We think the Baby Bronco will likely have a similar engine lineup as the Ford EcoSport crossover, with a selection of four-cylinders that could include a 2.5-liter base model, a turbo 1.5-liter, and a range-topping 2.0-liter EcoBoost making 245 horsepower.

Placed just above the EcoSport in Ford’s lineup, the Baby Bronco will compete with the Subaru Outback and Jeep Renegade Trailhawk in the segment.

Alternatively, the mule pictured might be nothing more than the next-gen Ford EcoSport, rocking wide fender flares, a taller ride height, and a longer body.

We’ll keep you up to date on the latest as we get it.

Further Reading

2021 Ford Bronco II aka "Baby Bronco"
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Read our full speculative review on the 2021 Ford Bronco II aka "Baby Bronco."

2020 Ford Bronco Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Ford Bronco.

2017 Ford Fiesta High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford Fiesta.

2018 Ford EcoSport High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Ford EcoSport.

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