2021 Ford Broncos Show Damage From Rubicon Trail Rock Crawling
Today, the 2021 Ford Bronco was very popular, as was seeing it attempting the Rubicon Trail and showing the Trail Turn Assist feature. Now there is an opportunity to see the consequences of a hard day crawling. These photos were originally on the Bronco6G forum, and Motor1.com has received permission to republish them.
These SUVs left the track with cosmetic damage. There are bumps and scratches all over the body. Of the three Broncos visible in these photos, the closest to the camera appears to have its front bumper tips removed. On the other two there is visible damage to the section.
A snapshot provides a great view of the pickguard and the part has a lot of scratches. It’s a good thing, however. There are no holes in the panel, so we have to assume that there is no damage to the vital mechanical parts it protects.
This torture test raises the question of what Ford might do with this information. Since the Bronco won’t go on sale until spring 2021, there may still be time to tweak some of the components. Or the company could figure out what kind of tougher off-road components later.
It’s also worth noting that many Bronco buyers will never follow their new SUV on a course as difficult as the Rubicon Trail. If Ford engineers can make sure the vehicle works there, less important off-road tasks should be even easier.
Ford is already experiencing strong demand for the new Bronco with 230,000 reservations and counting. Assuming all of those people convert it to an actual purchase, then it would take around 18 months to fulfill all requests.