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Ford brings back the Bronco SUV with a dizzying array of options

  • Preproduction versions of the all-new 2021 Bronco family of rugged, all-4×4 SUVs,. They include (left) Bronco two-door in Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat, Bronco four-door in Shadow Black, and Bronco Sport in Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat. Ford
  • Preproduction 2021 Bronco two-door SUV takes its rugged off-road design cues from the first-generation Bronco, the iconic 4×4 that inspired generations of fans. Ford
  • With more than 200 factory-backed accessories available at launch, this 2021 Bronco two-door prototype shows how owners can personalize their SUV to get more out of their outdoor experiences. Ford
  • Ford says the G.O.A.T. modes and 4×4 system should make swift work of sand. Ford
  • The four-door 2021 Bronco will have available removeable modular roof sections—left and right front panels, a full-width center panel, and a rear section. Roof panels on both two- and four-door models can be easily removed by unlocking the latches from the interior. Ford
  • Here's a four-door Bronco with the roof on. Ford
  • Prototype version (not representative of production model) of the all-new 2021 Bronco interior is highlighted by an available 12-inch Sync 4 system, optional leather-trim seating, console-mounted transmission shifter/selector, and G.O.A.T. modes control knob. Ford
  • Bring-your-own-device accessory mount bar is available for easy access to a USB port on this prototype version of the all-new Bronco two- and four-door Ford
  • MOLLE hooks are mounted in the seatbacks for safe transport when the trails get rough. Ford
  • The instrument panel in the 2021 Bronco two- and four-door models is ready for installation of accessories such as a bring-your-own-device rack shown on this prototype. Ford
  • On select models, rubberized washable flooring is available with integrated drain plugs to make cleanup simple and quick. Ford
  • 2021 Bronco rear chassis with five-link solid axle, available Bilstein coil-over shock absorbers, and M220 Dana 44 differential with electronic locking. Ford
  • The all-new Bronco Sport offers an available overlanding-ready roof rack with capacity to make roof-top tent-camping easy. Ford
  • The Bronco Sport First Edition series can wade through up to 23.6 inches of water. Ford
  • The Badlands series with the Badlands Package includes features such as heated and leather-trimmed front seats, 8-way power drivers seat, heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 10-speaker B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen. Ford
  • Bronco Sport features an available storage area below the second-row, passenger-side seat to store dirty or wet gear. Ford
  • Human-centered design led to special Bronco Sport features, such as seatback MOLLE strap system to help users safely and easily transport gear. Ford
  • The adventure-ready Bronco Sport features tie-down carabiner hooks and available easy-to-clean rubberized flooring and in the cargo area. Ford
  • Ford is on a roll when it comes to adding bottle openers to its trucks and SUVs. Ford
  • The Bronco Sport offers available 29-inch all-terrain tires for better off-road performance. Ford

On Monday night, in a coordinated advertising blitz across ABC, ESPN, and the National Geographic channel, as well as on YouTube and social media, Ford debuted its new Bronco SUV. The company is reviving the Bronco nameplate after a hiatus of 24 years, with new two-door, four-door, and Bronco Sport models on offer, all with four-wheel drive designed for off-road ability.

The two- and four-door Broncos comes in seven different trim levels, with another five trims available for the Bronco Sport, and there's a bewildering array of customization available to suit just about every possible taste. Well, almost every—we're sad to report there are no plans to offer the range as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or battery electric vehicle. So if you were hoping for some electrification, now's the time to head to the comments instead of reading on.

The big Bronco

Whether two-door (starting at $29,995) or four-door ($34,995), the Bronco comes equipped with Ford's 2.3L EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine as standard. That sends 270hp (201kW) and 310lb-ft (420Nm) to all four wheels via a seven-speed manual Getrag transmission. I mean, we say seven-speed, but it's more like a six-speed plus an extra-low 6.588:1 ratio for use when the blacktop has run out and you want to go rock climbing without getting out of the vehicle.

If that isn't enough, you can also configure a Bronco with Ford's 2.7L V6 EcoBoost, which comes with 310hp (231kW) and 400lb-ft (542Nm). This engine only comes with a 10-speed automatic gearbox, and the auto is also optional on the four-cylinder for those who don't want to row their own gears.

The Bronco's four-wheel drive system has an electronic two-speed transfer case, although for more serious rock-hopping, Ford is offering an advanced 4×4 system that uses an electromechanical two-speed transfer case that also has an automatic mode. As standard, the front gets an independent differential and the rear uses a solid axle with a diff, both Dana AdvanTEK designs. This, too, can be upgraded, in this case to front- and rear Performa-Trek electronic locking diffs from Spicer.

Off-road performance is about more than just the powertrain—suspension plays a role too. In this case, it's independent at the front and a solid five-link rear, with coil-over springs on each corner (and optional Bilstein dampers). The two-door hRead More – Source