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Well, this is an exciting way to start the workweek. Ford is planning to reveal the smaller of its new Bronco family in April, but apparently it's making a surprise appearance several weeks early thanks to a post at

Three photos were posted by a forum member with the username Scotty, showing the Bronco Sport from the front, side, and rear. Scotty professes to not "work for Ford" in the opening post, but the photos were clearly sent in by someone with ties to the compact SUV. Since these photos are most decidedly unofficial, we can't get a confirmation on their authenticity but based on spy photos and previously leaked photos, this absolutely looks like the real deal.

Gallery: Ford Bronco Sport Leaked Photos

This iteration of the Bronco will certainly garner some interest, but it's not the version the world is eagerly waiting for. The Bronco Sport is based on the Ford Escape, and while we don't have specific information on its powertrain, expect it to offer the same setup underneath its chiseled body.

In the meantime, the world is anticipating the arrival of the "real" Bronco. It's an all-new machine from the ground up, with Ford aiming it squarely at the Jeep Wrangler. Patent applications all but confirm it will have removable doors, a removable top, and we know it will be offered in both two-door and four-door configurations. As these leaked photos show, the Bronco Sport will be a conventional compact SUV with styling that's decidedly more rugged compared to the Escape.

Look for both Broncos to be officially revealed in the coming weeks.

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