t’s impossible not to be at least a little bit excited about the Ford Bronco’s return. However, it has the massive goal of dethroning the Jeep Wrangler. To beat the best, sometimes you have to borrow a few features, which is exactly what the 2022 Ford Bronco is doing, but it’s also taking things a step further.
The 2022 Ford Bronco gains Jeep Wrangler features
Like the Jeep Wrangler, you can remove the doors from the 2022 Ford Bronco. This allows you to feel the breeze and provides better visibility for off-roading. So, how could the Bronco take on the Wrangler without this feature?
Then a nanny named Bianca from Los Angeles pointed out one issue. Where do you put the doors after you remove them? Now the Bronco will incorporate a place to store the doors if you want to remove them in a pinch.
Removing the doors was challenging with the four-door Bronco. They were too heavy and a little clunky. Then they were too big to fit in the back. So, like the Jeep Wrangler, the removable doors have a smaller, lightweight design.
How similar are the Bronco and Jeep Wrangler?
The 2022 Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler both have historic nameplates. The Wrangler emerged around World War II, and the Bronco was introduced in 1965. However, the Wrangler was never discontinued like the Bronco.
Both of these boxy SUVs have a similar boxy design with four doors. They are modernized versions of their ancestors with round headlights, similar grille styles, and a similar bumper shape.
They both have massive spare tires mounted on the tailgate too. Like the Wrangler, you can also get the Bronco with 35-inch tires to improve its ground clearance and crawling ratios. Like the Wrangler, the Bronco has multiple driving modes such as Sport, Snow, Mud, and Rock crawling.
You can remove the roof off of both SUVs too. They both have soft and hardtops. The hardtops have removable sections to make it easier and lightweight to go topless. The two-door Bronco will gain a soft top option for the 2022 model year.
How are the Wrangler and Bronco different?
With the Jeep Wrangler, you can fold the windshield down and remove the mirrors. The 2022 Ford Bronco is working on new door designs so the mirrors can be removed. The mirror may make it more complicated to fit on narrow trails and limit visibility.
The Ford Bronco currently only has two engine options. The Jeep Wrangler has four engine options, including a diesel variant and a mighty Hemi V8. Also, the 4xe is the hybrid variant. The Bronco will probably go hybrid too.
The Wrangler has a more traditional design with solid axles. The Bronco has an independent suspension which is attributed to providing a more comfortable ride on the road. It’s been keeping up with the Wrangler in the wild so far. With the Bronco, you get a hydraulically controlled stabilizer that can be disconnected. The Wrangler has an electronically disconnecting sway bar and locking differentials.
You may notice that the Ford Bronco has an interior with updated tech and a more modern feel, but it did just come out. The Jeep Wrangler has plenty of time to upgrade its infotainment system and goodies, and the Bronco evolves. The battle between these SUVs is just getting started.