Ford Unveils “Built Wild” Bronco and Bronco Sport
The much delayed and highly anticipated 2021 Ford Bronco family is now here and the initial threesome look, at least from Monday night's media blitz, well worth the wait. While the original 1965 Bronco came in a single model, in this rebirth there are three models; Bronco Two-Door, Bronco Four-Door, and Bronco Sport. The summer blockbuster reveal from Ford signals the official start of an all-out challenge to Jeep, and even off-road import brands like Land Rover. While the two larger Bronco models are said to share some engineering with the next generation Ranger pickup, the smaller Bronco Sport has lineage with the compact Escape SUV. But there is little that is visible that says this trio is not totally unique. Using a family tagline “Built Wild”, each model does share common traits such standard 4X4 drivetrains, all-independent suspensions, off-road ready capabilities, and spacious high cube interiors. The Bronco Two-Door and Four-Door models will arrive with removable roof panels and doors, and segment leading off-road prowess such as an 11.6-inch ground clearance and water fording of up to 33.5 inches, plus dual locking axles. Both are available with up to seven driver selectable "G.O.A.T" driving modes to tackle any terrain. Bronco engine choices include the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine with a projected 310 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost is targeted to deliver torque of 310 lb.-ft. with an expected 270 horsepower. The Bronco Sport, while not as all-terrain rough and ready, is still no road hugger with an available Rock Crawl mode and the ability to forge water up to 23.6 inches. Sport powertrains begin with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost with 181-horsepower and 190 lb.-ft. of torque. Optional is the 2.0-liter EcoBoost with 245-horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. Reservations for all three Broncos are available for $100 at www.ford.com. Rumor is that more Bronco variants are in the wings including at least one pickup truck. Look for the first Broncos to arrive at dealers this fall.