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Spotted today were multiple Ford Bronco Sport out testing.

Last month, it was reported that the Bronco and Bronco Sport would offer three grille options tentatively called Modern, Classic and Custom. Our photos show two of these options on display today.

Though it's unclear which prototype, specifically, is wearing which grille, one can tell by the camo patterns that there are three separate grille patterns at play. However, the shiny grille - believed to be called Custom - appears to be present on the prototype with the steel wheels. Engineers appear to have spray painted it in a dark color to cover the chrome treatment.

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Finally some clear close ups of the grilles. It seems the choices make it look either like a more rugged offroader or a sleeker/modern SUV based on grille selection.

The second to last photo is the one I picture as looking most like the standard Bronco.
 

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I could have used THAT Ford Escape in 2013 :clap:

Unfortunately I need a bigger vehicle now.

Does anyone know why car manufacturers went away from column shifters in vehicles....taking center console space away?
Is it simply a design “trend” or is there something about practicalit I’m not seeing?
 

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I could have used THAT Ford Escape in 2013 :clap:

Unfortunately I need a bigger vehicle now.

Does anyone know why car manufacturers went away from column shifters in vehicles....taking center console space away?
Is it simply a design “trend” or is there something about practicalit I’m not seeing?
Column shifters are clumsy to use if you need to change gears manually. Especially nowadays when the automatics have a minimum of 6 gears. From previous pictures, the Bronco Sport may have paddle shifters on the steering wheel, which is the best of both worlds.
 

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Good, long telephoto shots for accurate scaling. Looks like the length is ~170", approach angle ~32 deg and departure angle ~29". Good if you go off-road.

IMO, one design detail that had so much promise, but was not realized is the headlamps. To me, they look like swimming goggles. They would have looked better blackened/recessed like the Ford meeting pics back in 2018. The reflective clear plastic looks like glasses without anti-reflective coating. Since there is so much about the three available grills from Ford and none address the bulging eyes, I hope there is a healthy aftermarket to change out the Ford grills such that the headlamps appear more attractive.
 

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Thanks....I just was thinking the usable space is lessened. In my 1st gen escape I can fit a gallon jug below the a/c, radio stack. .....now most cars have the center console where there is a cubby/armrest and then the shifter or even dial shifter....and then there must be a bunch of empty space under the plastic shell before it gets to the dash.
 

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Good, long telephoto shots for accurate scaling. Looks like the length is ~170", approach angle ~32 deg and departure angle ~29". Good if you go off-road.

IMO, one design detail that had so much promise, but was not realized is the headlamps. To me, they look like swimming goggles. They would have looked better blackened/recessed like the Ford meeting pics back in 2018. The reflective clear plastic looks like glasses without anti-reflective coating. Since there is so much about the three available grills from Ford and none address the bulging eyes, I hope there is a healthy aftermarket to change out the Ford grills such that the headlamps appear more attractive.
If it's popular enough Ford will definitely offer a black out package of some sort for the grille. That's what they do for Mustang and judging by the popularity of it with Jeep owners I'm sure they will eventually offer it for the Bronco Sport.

Ford seems really determined to capture as much of the aftermarket as possible for themselves and this is one of those common mods a lot of people would consider.
 
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