Bronco pickup in the works? Ford caught testing Jeep Gladiator

Fox News Autos test drive: 2021 Ford Bronco Sport

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is a crossover inspired by the original Bronco that’s ready for adventure, says Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu.

The Ford Maverick may not be the brand’s newest pickup model for long.

Photos of a Jeep Gladiator Mojave being tested at a Ford facility in Michigan have rekindled speculation that a Bronco pickup is in the works.

The vehicle was spotted wearing manufacturer plates as it waited to enter a security gate, images published by the Ford Authority website reveal.

The Mojave is a performance version of the Gladiator that was engineered with a special suspension for high-speed off-road driving. Automakers often benchmark new products against competitors’ vehicles.

Ford has been seen testing a high performance version of the Bronco SUV that’s expected to be called the Raptor or Warthog, but a pickup version that would compete with the Gladiator has not been officially confirmed.


The original Bronco was available as a two-door “half cab” pickup from 1966 to 1972.

This Ford Authority rendering imagines what a 2021 Ford Bronco would look like as a pickup.
(Ford Authority)

Ford Authority has created a rendering of what the modern 2021 version could look like with a cargo bed.

The Gladiator has proven to be a popular addition to Jeep’s lineup with over 77,000 sold in 2020 and sales up 23% through the first quarter of this year.

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