After over two decades of absence, the well-loved Ford Bronco has finally resurfaced, and to all the eagerly anticipating enthusiasts, it's all worth the long wait. The iconic off-roader from the American brand Ford made its public debut, via Disney-owned TV channels ABC, National Geographic and ESPN in the form of a series of three-minute stories. With the theme "Celebrate adventure, live life and find a way to unplug", the reveal also streamed on Ford's official YouTube account.
The legendary sport utility vehicle that now spans six generations comes in all-rugged Ford Bronco trims and a much tamer, more commuter-oriented Sport variant. If the Bronco troop of 2-door and 4-door guises looked bold in their teased silhouette form, they surely look more gallant and handsome when unveiled, and will surely give the Jeep Wrangler a run for its money.
2021 Ford Bronco Three-Minute Stories
2021 Ford Bronco
The 2-door Bronco sits on a shorter wheelbase and with four seating capacities, while the 4-door configuration has a longer wheelbase and comes with five seats plus cargo space at the back.
With off-roading as the 2021 Ford Bronco's hallmark strength, clearance figures are naturally substantial, with the SUV having a ground clearance of 294mm, a 43.2-degree approach angle, 29-degree ramp over, and 37.2-degree departure angles. Perfect for the Bronco's target of adventure-inclined customers whose idea of unwinding and living life is a good hike, ski, rock climb or crawl, surf, water board, or even camping, among others — rugged activities for which they need a strong, dependable rugged vehicle to accompany them to the toughest parts of the planet. A set of 35-inch tires wrapped on 17-inch wheels comes standard enabling outstanding grip and allowing more ground clearance on difficult terrains.
Two core engine types are available for the rugged Ford Bronco trims: a 270hp output- and 420Nm torque-producing 2.3L 4-cylinder EcoBoost and a 310hp- and 542Nm-generating 2.7L EcoBoost V6 powertrain. The weaker engine is paired to a 7-speed manual transmission, which is more like a 6-speed plus one special speed for climbing. This "crawler gear" has a gear ratio of 94.75: 1 enabling the SUV driver to maneuver it in difficult terrain.
The bigger, 6-cylinder engine is mated with a 10-speed automatic gearbox, which reports say will also be available for the 2.3L mill, as off-road lovers will most likely prefer manual over automatic. The automatic tranny is nothing to sneeze at, however, since it offers 67.8: 1 of reduction ratio, which is quite impressive for an off-roader.
2021 Ford Bronco Sport
The Bronco Sport, which is more family-oriented versus the other Broncos, comes in 5 variants: a base Sport variant, the Big Bend, the Outer Banks, the Badlands, and the limited First Edition. These are offered in 2 engine options of 2L EcoBoost that thumps out 245hp and 372Nm of output and torque, respectively, and a more fuel-efficient 1.5L EcoBoost that produces up to 181hp maximum power output and 257Nm of peak torque. Both are paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Ford Bronco is based on a traditional rigid steel frame and utilizes Dana 44 for its front and rear differentials. It has independent front suspension and a live and coil-sprung rear axle. It also seems to come with some kind of off-road tight-turn button. For absorbing off-road shocks, the Bronco uses Bilstein off-road dampers, which have position-sensitive damping.
As we previously reported, the design of the 2021 Ford Bronco differs per variant, with the rugged two-door taking on retro styling, and the Sport taking on a more contemporary SUV appearance. They all, however, beam with sophisticated grace in spite of the rugged countenance. Notable about the vehicles' looks is the small black garnish above each headlight which actually serves three practical functions: to make the driver aware of the corner of his or her car, to tie up cargo on the roof, and to hold an action camera like the GoPro. Bumper styles also vary, and for the non-Sport variant, the doors can be dismantled hence the rearview mirrors are located on the windshield frame, not on the door. Even the roof, which is divided into panels, can be easily taken down.
The cabin is practical but stylish, with electrically adjustable front seats in up to 10 directions, a waterproof interior, and rubberized floors with drain plugs. The Ford SYNC4 infotainment system that comes in an 8.4-inch display in the standard models can flash map data, camera images, and other important information. Higher variants get displays as big as 12 inches.
The 2021 Ford Bronco is loaded with tech assists such as the Go Over Any Terrain (GOAT) mode, and other driving modes, namely Baja, Slippery and Sand, Mud, and Ruts and Rock Crawl. The Trail Control mode, which maintains up to 32kmph speed can control the accelerator and brake system, and the Trail Turn Assist that allows for an even smaller turning radius are only among the advanced tech features offered by the Bronco.
There are up to 200 different accessories available for the Ford Bronco, enabling passionate Bronco enthusiasts to fashion their SUVs to their own taste and lifestyle. Prices for the 2021 Ford Bronco base variant start from USD 28,500 (around PHP 1,406,000) for the 2-Door and USD 33,200 (around PHP 1,638,000) for the 4-Door, while the Sport variant starts from USD 26,660 (around PHP 1,315,000).