2021 Ford Bronco Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Jul 13, 2020
  • True off-roading SUV
  • 2-door or 4-door body styles
  • Turbocharged 4-cylinder or twin-turbocharged V6 engines
  • 7-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmissions
  • 4-wheel drive is standard
  • Easily removed roof and doors
  • Optional Ford Co-Pilot360 safety technologies
  • Available Sync 4 infotainment with 12-inch display screen
  • Priced from less than $30,000
  • Built in Michigan

Introduction - Find the best Ford deals!

Designed and engineered for maximum off-roading capability, the 2021 Ford Bronco is a direct competitor to the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner. Available in 2-door and 4-door body styles complete with removable doors and roof, the new 2021 Bronco adopts a “Built Wild” ethos.

Prices for the 2021 Ford Bronco start at $29,995 (including a $1,495 destination charge). Trim levels include the standard Bronco plus Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Wildtrak, and Badlands. The latter two are outfitted for extreme off-roading. Ford is also offering a Sasquatch Package for the new Bronco, and a limited-production First Edition will be available when the SUV arrives in showroom in the spring of 2021.

2021 Ford Bronco Badlands Sasquatch Area 51 Doors Off Roof Off

If you’re ready to make a reservation, they’re open now at Ford’s consumer website. Just $100 reserves your place in line.

Exterior Features - Find the best Ford deals!

Ford says a life-size digital scan of the original Bronco was present in Ford’s design studio to influence the proportions and design of the new 2021 Bronco.

2021 Ford Bronco Badlands 4-door Area 51 White Roof Rear View

Not surprisingly, then, the new Bronco boasts squared-off design, short overhangs, a wide stance, and flat no-nonsense surfaces ready for customization. Ford also includes “trail sights” on the SUV’s front fenders that can also serve as tie-downs with 150-lb. capacity each, perfect for securing items like canoes on the Bronco’s roof.

Speaking of the roof, the Bronco 2-door includes a 3-section hardtop with quick-release stowable roof panels. Left and right panels over the front seats and a single rear section remove easily using latches located on the inside of the SUV. An available 4-section hardtop adds separate removable sections over the rear seat and over the cargo area.

Bronco 4-door models get a standard soft top. The optional hardtop includes individual panels over each front seat, a single section over the rear seats, and a section over the cargo area. Alternatively, Bronco 4-door buyers can get both the standard soft and optional hard tops for maximum variety.

Ford says that with the hardtops the rear quarter windows are also easy to remove, and with 4-door Broncos, Ford says each of the doors can be stored onboard with door storage bags. With the doors removed, cowl-mounted side mirrors maintain visibility. A sport bar spans across the top of the Bronco but is located behind the second row of seats to provide an unobstructed view.

As might be expected, the new 2021 Ford Bronco comes in several bright colors available in shades of red, blue, and yellowish orange. Unusual paint names include Antimatter Blue, Area 51, and Cactus Gray. Wheel sizes range from 16 to 18 inches in diameter, and they all have all-terrain or mud-terrain tires except for all-season rubber mounted to the base trim’s 16-inch steel wheels.

Exposed front and rear tow hooks stand ready to serve, while heavy-duty steel bumpers with an integrated Ford Performance accessory winch mount are available. Additionally, the Bronco is available with a steel front bash plate; shields for the engine, transmission, transfer case, and fuel tank; and side rock rails that can support the entire weight of each side of the Bronco.

Interior Features - Find the best Ford deals!

Depending on the body style, the new 2021 Ford Bronco seats four or five people.

2021 Ford Bronco Dashboard Sync 4 Infotainment

Expectedly, the new Bronco’s dashboard is inspired by the original Bronco, and the interior materials are designed for the SUV’s intended purpose. That means lots of rubber touchpoints and seamless silicone rubber on the switchgear. Grab handles are present on the dashboard and center console, and Ford includes attachment points on the instrument panel to mount devices like a camera, a navigation unit, smartphones, etc.

Available MOLLE hooks are mounted on the seatbacks, and the Bronco offers an available washable rubber flooring with drains, available marine-grade vinyl seats to resist mildew, and silicone-sealed upfitter switches to power aftermarket accessories.

Optional Features - Find the best Ford deals!

In a release about the new SUV, Ford did not define the differences between each 2021 Bronco trim level, but the company says more than 200 factory-backed aftermarket accessories will be offered for this SUV.

Under the Hood - Find the best Ford deals!

Ford says it has subjected the new Bronco to “Built Wild Extreme Durability Testing” and that the SUV supplies “segment-leading 4x4 capability.”

Based on a fully-boxed, high-strength steel platform shared with the Ford Ranger, the Bronco has a standard 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making an estimated 270 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. An available 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 provides an estimated 310 hp and 400 lb.-ft.

Most Broncos will have a 10-speed automatic transmission and standard 4-wheel drive. A 7-speed speed manual gearbox with a super-low crawl ratio is available only with the standard 2.3-liter engine and the optional advanced 4WD system. Depending on the setup, the maximum tow rating measures 3,500 pounds.

The standard 4WD system includes a 2-speed shift-on-the-fly transfer case, while the optional advanced 4WD system has a 2-speed electromechanical transfer case including an Auto mode for 2-Hi and 4-Hi. Standard Terrain Management traction control supplies Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand, Baja, Mud/Ruts, and Rock Crawl driving modes.

Available Trail Control is a cruise control system for low-speed off-road driving. Trail Assist is also available, tightening the turning radius when off-roading through torque vectoring. A Trail One-Pedal Drive system handles acceleration and braking during slow rock-crawling while the driver focuses on steering the Bronco.

Ford’s new SUV sits on an independent front and solid axle rear suspension equipped with long-travel Bilstein shocks with end-stop control valves at each corner. Power flows to each wheel through a Dana AdvanTek front differential and a Dana 44 AdvanTek solid rear axle.

Spicer Performa-Trak electronic locking differentials are optional. Another upgrade is a semi-active hydraulic stabilizer bar disconnect system for maximum wheel articulation and an improved ramp-angle index for off-camber terrain. It automatically disconnects during articulation and then re-connects to improve steering and stability.

Ford claims several best-in-class performance metrics for the 2021 Bronco. In addition to a 94.75:1 crawl ratio with the 7-speed manual gearbox (67.8:1 with the automatic), the Bronco supplies up to 11.6 inches of ground clearance (8.3 inches in base form), best-in-class suspension travel, and 33.5 inches of water fording capability. Depending on body style and equipment, the Bronco’s maximum 29-degree breakover angle and 37.2 degree departure angle are also best-in-class. The Bronco offers a maximum approach angle of 43.2 degrees. 

Ford makes 35-inch all-terrain tires available for all trims, and beadlock-capable wheels are an upgrade for all trims.

Safety - Find the best Ford deals!

Engineered with a high-strength steel roll cage with integrated side-curtain airbags in the upper structure and side airbags in the seats, Ford aims to deliver maximum occupant protection in the 2021 Bronco. Additionally, both roll stability control and trailer sway control are standard.

Ford Co-Pilot360 is an optional upgrade, equipping the Bronco with numerous advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS).

Technology - Find the best Ford deals!

The standard infotainment system for the 2021 Bronco includes an 8-inch touchscreen display with available advanced topographic trail maps. 

As an option, Ford’s new Sync 4 infotainment system is available complete with a 12-inch touchscreen display, over-the-air software updates, and a FordPass Performance smartphone app with off-road navigation. This setup allows owners to plan, record, and share off-roading experiences via an all-in-one app.

Additionally, Ford says a surround-view camera with off-road spotter capability for rock crawling will be available for the new Bronco.

Ford is the source of the information in this article. It was accurate as of July 13, 2020 but may have changed since that date.

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