Faced with exceptionally strong demand, Ford is preparing to take orders for the 2023 Bronco from August 15. Ahead of this, we’ve already learned that the off-roader’s color palette will be reduced significantly. Now, however, the wily sleuths over at the Bronco6G.com forum have unearthed yet another change to the lineup – the introduction of an entirely new trim level called the Oates.
Forum user Rivers90 cleverly decoded a VIN (identified by E4J) on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which led to the discovery of this newcomer. The decoder points to the Oates as a trim offered exclusively on two-door models.
We reached out to Ford who, as you’d expect, replied that they “don’t comment on future product speculation.”
But this hasn’t stopped fans from speculating about what it could be.