The most anticipated and hyped vehicle for 2020 was unveiled tonight. This is it, the 2021 Bronco. The Ford Bronco family made its debut; a two-door, first-ever four-door, and smaller Bronco Sport. These begin what Ford plans on making an entire brand that will later include a pickup and other variations. Look at the Jeep line and you will have a hint of where Ford is going with all of this. But on with the Bronco.
Ford has done the proverbial throwing 10-pounds of stuff into a 5-pound bag. From 7-speed manual transmissions to 35-inch tall tires, the full-size Bronco should have everything and more anybody would want in an off-road 4×4. Specifically for the 4×4 enthusiast, there are many best-in-class specs including ground clearance, suspension travel, fording capabilities, break over and departure angles, and 94.75:1 crawl ratio. And that’s just for openers.
The new Bronco starts with the best of the old Bronco
The new Bronco starts with the best of the old Bronco. Those square proportions combined with short overhangs and wide stance make it the best package for off-roading. The new Bronco keeps the honest features of the old while incorporating some of the latest off-road technology for 21st-century fun.
The Bronco body is easily and quickly converted from highway to off-road instantly with removable and stowable roof panels and doors. With advanced four-wheel-drive technology, Ford offers what it calls G.O.A.T. Modes. These are seven different modes to navigate disparate off-road terrain. The selectable modes include Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand, and for off-road capability Baja, Mud/Ruts, and Rock Crawl.
The advanced system uses a two-speed electromechanical transfer case
There are also two 4×4 systems available on the full-size Bronco. The base system starts with a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case. The advanced system uses a two-speed electromechanical transfer case with an auto mode for on-demand selection of 2H and 4H. Either system spins a Dana 44 AdvanTEK rear end and Dana AdvanTEK independent front end. PerformaTraK electronic locking differentials are also available for tough terrain.
Coil springs out back feature five locating links with long-travel position-sensitive Bilstein dampers. End-stop control valves are optional to reduce ride harshness. A semi-active hydraulic stabilizer bar disconnect adds an increased ramp angle index in off-camber terrain. During articulation, it can be disconnected, with reconnecting under any condition to improve steering and stability.
The afore-mentioned 7-speed is joined by a 10-speed automatic transmission. Engines start with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 putting out 310 hp and 400 lb0-ft of torque. A 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder delivers 270 hp and 310 lb0-ft of torque.
Bronco launches with over 200 Ford approved aftermarket accessories for incredible personalization opportunities
Outside there are tow hooks front and rear with optional modular steel bumpers that integrate Ford Performance winch mounts. That winch mount reminds us that the Bronco launches with over 200 Ford approved aftermarket accessories for incredible personalization opportunities. There really should be no two Broncos alike with the range of products available.
Steel shields help protect specific underbody areas. A front bash plate is available with higher-capacity option groups. There are also shields for the engine, transmission, transfer case, and fuel tank. In addition, strong side rock rails add a bit more protection.
A cloth soft-top is standard on 4-door models, with a hardtop also available. Trail sights located on the front fenders also work as tie-downs. A multifunctional LCD instrument panel is combined with transmission and G.O.A.T Modes controller on the console.
Bronco owners to plan, navigate and share their off-road adventures
A 12-inch SYNC screen with off-road navigation is easily integrated into a FordPass app. This allows owners to plan, navigate, and share their off-road adventures. There is also a 360-degree camera system that gives off-road spotter views. Trail maps include content from Neo Treks, AccuTerra Maps, Trails Offroad, and FunTreks guides.
Integrated inside is a steel roll cage that incorporates side-curtain airbags along with airbags in traditional locations. Available are Ford Co-Pilot360™ driver-assist technologies plus standard AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ and Trailer Sway Control. It’s a dizzying display of features, technology, accessories, driver aids, and fun.
We’ve only touched the surface but the Motor Biscuit team will be augmenting this overview with pertinent and surprising posts throughout the week so pop over to our site often. This is only the beginning of the year of the Bronco.