Vehicle Profile: 2021 Ford Bronco
After nearly a quarter century away, the iconic Ford Bronco is back with a vengeance. Ford finally revealed the much-anticipated 2021 Bronco in July and immediately put its competitors on notice. With two body styles, a segment-exclusive manual transmission and best-in-class off-road capabilities, the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco is a wild beast that dares you to try and tame it.
The look of a legend
Purists need not worry about how the look of the 2021 Ford Bronco measures up to the original. The new Bronco boasts the hallmarks enthusiasts loved for so many decades: square shape, short overhangs and a wide stance, all signaling a readiness for adventure. That classic style is complemented by decidedly modern flair, including a breathtaking grille and headlight design that leaves onlookers with little doubt about what you’re riding in. And for the first time in Bronco history, the SUV is available as a four-door model, letting you double your pleasure
Also leaving little doubt about the intent of the Ford Bronco is the ability to customize its appearance. The 2021 Ford Bronco two-door features a standard three-section roof system and an available premium painted four-section modular roof. This innovative system makes taking the top off quick and easy, opening you up to the largest overall open-top view in class. The Bronco four-door is standard with a cloth soft top and available with a modular four-section hardtop — if you want both, Ford will let you option it so that you can change between the two at your leisure.
The 2021 Ford Bronco is also the only SUV in its class with removable frameless doors, and all modular hardtops offer removable rear quarter windows. To cap it all, Ford is offering seven unique models of the Bronco, including the range-topping Badlands™, 11 different color choices, four content packages, numerous standalone options and 200-dealer installable accessories, making the all-new Bronco one of the most customizable vehicles on the road.
The classic Ford Bronco has a reputation for its ability to go over any terrain, earning it the nickname G.O.A.T. Ford takes that acronym, now with a dual meaning of greatest of all-time, and applies it to the all-new 2021 Bronco and its 4x4 capabilities.
The Bronco boasts two 4x4 systems: a standard setup with a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case and an advanced 4x4 system with a two-speed electromechanical transfer case with on-demand selection between 2H and 4H settings. It also gets some of the most rugged off-road equipment available with a standard Dana™ AdvanTEK independent front differential and Dana™ 44 AdvanTEK® solid rear axle, both of which are available with Spicer® Performa-TraK™ electronic locking differentials.
Ford is also offering the 2021 Bronco with a first-in-segment Trail Toolbox, which includes must-have technologies for heading off-road. This includes Trail Control™, Trail Turn Assist and Trail One-Pedal Drive, making the Bronco formidable in tough situations. The Bronco also features exclusive Terrain Management System™ with G.O.A.T. Modes™, leveraging that iconic acronym for an advanced suite of user-selectable drive modes. Up to seven G.O.A.T. Modes™ are available, including Baja, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl settings.
Another segment-exclusive feature Ford offers with the Bronco is a standard seven-speed manual transmission, which offers a best-in-class crawler-gear ratio of 94.75:1. This option is exclusive to the 2.3-liter EcoBoost®, which is projected to deliver best-in-class torque of 310 lb-ft. The available 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 is expected to offer best-in-class gas horsepower and torque with an output of 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, and both engines are available with a segment-first 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission.
Even with more than 24 years gone by since it was last sold in America and over three and a half years passed since its return announcement, it’s fair to say the 2021 Ford Bronco is worth the wait. Production on the incredible new Bronco kicks off early next year with deliveries set to start in spring 2021.
This article is presented by Mullinax Ford.