They say those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Equally true when it comes to the automotive world is “what’s old is new again.” When it comes to how an automaker powers, positions, and even updates any given model, it’s is often determined by what was done in the past. That’s bound to be especially true with the new 2021 Ford Bronco—a vehicle that already leans heavily on the heritage of the original with similar styling and a shared mission. So what can we expect from future versions of the sixth-generation Bronco? Taking a look at the history of the Ford Bronco line could reveal some secrets.
The original Ford Bronco only stuck around for 12 years, but it’s presence undoubtably overshadows the succeeding generations. In a lot of ways the indirect successor to the World War II-era Ford GPW—the Blue Oval’s license-built version of the Willys MB Jeep—the 1965 Ford Bronco was designed to complement the then-new Ford Mustang as a fun, youth-friendly off-roader.