First look: 2021 Ford Bronco

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I haven’t driven it yet, but here is my first verdict: the new Ford Bronco looks cool.The Bronco was presented for 1966 as a direct competitor to the Jeep. Ford interviewed Jeep owners to find out what they does not have as on their vehicles, and designed these improvements in the Bronco. Ford says it did the same this time, again to try to unravel the Wrangler.

The original Bronco was then joined by the smaller Bronco II, and now next to it is the softer Bronco Sport. The first Bronco also came as a pickup truck, but so far there have been no official announcements from one to tackle the Jeep gladiator.

Sport arrives in showrooms later this year, while the larger Bronco arrives in the spring of 2021, in two- or four-door configurations. You can book one of them now for $ 100.

The Bronco will range from $ 40,199 to $ 61,994, ranging from the base with two doors to the top trim with four doors. The sport starts at $ 32,199 and ends at $ 40,199; for that price, will you take a loaded Sport or a basic two-door Bronco?

The Bronco rests on a fully boxed frame and is supposed to be modular. Ford says that with a key and an hour, you can “strip it almost to its bare bones” – all the easier to install some of the 200 and more accessories offered at launch. The bumper caps detach for more clearance, the interior grab handles can be moved, and roof cargo such as a canoe can be attached to the hood loops, which also serve as trail views.

The doors are frameless and detach – they weigh an average of 21 kilograms each – and unlike the Wrangler, they store inside the vehicle and the mirrors remain on the body (even if Jeep still has this folding windshield in its favor). Depending on the trim of the Bronco, you get a fabric roof or a removable rigid roof with smaller sections that are easier to handle. The crossbar is behind the back seat, so everyone has a full view of the sky.

There are six trim levels: Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks and Wildtrak and Badlands more difficult. The United States is also receiving a “special edition” limited to launch that will not be available in Canada.

Each Bronco engine is powered by an EcoBoost engine – it’s Ford-speak for turbocharged. The basic 2.3L four-cylinder engine produces 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, but you can upgrade to a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 suitable for 310 ponies and 400 lb-ft. torque – more power than any production Wrangler, and you only get more torque if you opt for Jeep diesel.

The four-cylinder Broncos can be ordered with a seven-speed manual transmission – in fact a six-speed transmission with a “crawler” ratio. A ten-speed automatic transmission is optional on the turbo-four and standard on the V6. Two transfer boxes will be available, depending on the version: two-speed with speed change on the fly, or an advanced system with a 4 × 4 “auto” setting that can be used on the road as well as off-road.

Other greasy elements include independent front suspension, Dana front and rear axles, Spicer electronic locking differentials and Bilstein shock absorbers, as well as a final drive ratio ranging from 3.73: 1 to 4.7: 1. On the optional scale, there are 35-inch mud tires on rims capable of locking the bead and a stabilizer bar that can be disconnected during articulation – for when you’re on the track and the horizon is laterally through the windshield.

Fitted with 35-inch tires, the knottiest four-door Bronco gives you 11.5 inches of ground clearance, an approach angle of 43.2 degrees, a tilt of 26.3 degrees and a departure of 37 degrees . The maximum towing capacity on all models is 3,500 pounds.

For all terrain beginners, selectable riding modes include mud / ruts and crawl. There’s the Trail Control, which works like a low-speed cruise control, and a pedal drive that activates both the brake and the accelerator for the most difficult things. You can also attach a dashboard rack to mount a phone or GoPro, and there are cameras in front of the wheels, so you don’t need a spotter.

Once back at the base camp, open the hatch, slide the tailgate seat and open your drink with the integrated bottle opener. While still having a touch of retro style, the Bronco will offer several high-tech features, such as Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment system, live vehicle updates to reduce dealer visits and navigation. off-road that can follow and capture where you’ve been to share it with other off-road comrades.

Bronco Sport will also take you from the sidewalk, but not as deep into nature. It is a monohull, based on the same platform that underpins the Ford Escape. All versions have a four-wheel drive system that prioritizes the front axle and sends more to the rear as needed, but the Badlands adds a dual-clutch rear unit with differential lock, and can provide all of the torque. rear axle to one wheel if the other loses traction. Ford says it will surpass the Trailhawk versions of the Jeep Cherokee and Compass – and both of these performances surprisingly well on more difficult terrain.

The standard Bronco Sport engine is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine, developing 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft. torque, while a 2.0L EcoBoost engine developing 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft. – provided you use premium fuel – is available. This is the annoying way in which some automakers are now presenting their horsepower numbers to make them as high as possible, so expect a little less grunt on regular quality gas than most people will use. Both engines are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Bronco’s target customers prefer to drive in the desert, while sports buyers tend to park on the edge and venture out on their own. Thus, two mountain bikes can stand upright in the sports loading area, and the accessories include a tent and a ladder for sleeping on the roof. The tailgate includes spotlights, and you can get a sliding table to go under them.

Like its rougher brother, the Bronco Sport will offer low-speed Trail Control cruising, the front camera, skid plates, riding modes with rock-crawl adjustment and a washable rubber floor. Front emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist and automatic high beams are standard, and adaptive cruise control and lane centering are available.

The Bronco Sport is also aimed at those who want comfort during the week and black flies at the weekend, and will bring them there with more off-road capability than other compact sport utility vehicles from Ford. But it’s this hard core of Bronco that is the big news here, and I can’t wait to put this thing on the track to see what it will do.

There is no doubt that the Bronco is watching the play. We just have to see if Ford has really done better than Jeep the Jeep.

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