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The Rubicon Trail has been Jeep’s territory for years now, at least as far as American off-roaders go. When he decided to take the Jeep Wrangler with the brand new Ford Bronco 2020Ford knew this was a test he would eventually have to pass – and it appears to be.
If you’ve ever noticed a Trail Rated badge on a Jeep, the Rubicon is the trail it’s talking about. It’s over 20 miles of off-road challenges in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range that has become known as a proving ground for the slow crawling off-roader.
the Bronco6G The forum posted photos of the all-new 2020 Ford Bronco tempting the Rubicon earlier this week, and now a forum admin has posted more photos and information about the trek.
Three new Broncos embarked on the journey, likely still considered pre-production prototypes given they still wore camouflage, and here is what forum members were able to identify as:
- 4-Door with Sasquatch Package with Ford Performance Pearl Locking Rings.
- 2-door with 33 ”BFG AT tires with standard wheels and Ford Performance modular steel front bumper.
- 4-door with manual transmission, optional 33 ”Goodyear MT with Ford Performance bead wheels and locking rings.
While it is not known exactly what the expedition’s goals were, one was definitely coming to an end. While the forum admin claims all three Broncos successfully completed the track or at least survived their attempts, the extent of Ford’s testing on the track is not yet clear.
There is also an argument in the forum thread over a video showing one of the Broncos attempting a steep hill repeatedly without success. before the end of the video.
At the end of the clip, you can see the Bronco gliding over the rock and there’s an unfortunate ‘crackle’. There does not appear to be any pictures from this side of this vehicle to assess the damage.
However, there are plenty of images from other angles of the trucks, showing lots of dents, warped bumpers, scratches, and stressed plastic marks.
It’s pretty clear that the Bronco is more than capable of breaking through obstacles like this, which is necessary if it is to ever have a chance to take down the Wrangler. Just expect a lot of chewed plastic, warped wings, and a million sins against your paint. Isn’t that what it is?
GM also tested new vehicles on the Rubicon, showing Jeep what the Chevy Colorado ZR2 could do the trail completely in 2017. It was also quite scuffed but survived. I’m sure a lot of Jeeps suffer a much worse fate. It is less about the tool itself and more about the tool behind the steering wheel.