After months – nay, years – of leaks, rumors, and speculations, the 2021 Ford Bronco has finally been officially revealed. The 2021 Bronco is Ford’s answer to the Jeep Wrangler and it will be its direct competitor.
The new Ford Bronco will be available with 2 engines; a base 2.3L EcoBoost & an optional 2.7L EcoBoost V6. The 2.3L engine will produce a healthy 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque & will be mated to a 10-speed automatic or a new 7-speed manual transmission. The manual will be the transmission of choice for those that want to go rock crawling as it will have a 94.75:1 crawl ratio whereas the automatic’s lowest crawl ratio is 67.8:1. The V6 engine is projected to make 310 hp & up to 400 lb-ft of torque but will only be available with the 10-speed automatic.
The transmissions will send power to all four wheels via two 4WD options for customers. A base or an advanced 4WD system will be available with the latter offering a 2-speed electromechanical transfer case with an auto mode for on-demand engagement of 2H or 4H. In the front, a Dana AdvanTEK independent front differential will deliver power to the wheels while in the rear a Dana 44 AdvanTEK solid rear axle will deliver the power to the rear tires. Independent front suspension should make the ride a bit better than the Wrangler while in the rear, a solid axle with 5 link suspension will provide more than adequate off-road capability.
The 2021 Ford Bronco will be available as a 3-door or a 5-door with Wrangler-like open air experience. The doors and roof panels can be removed to let the fresh air in the Bronco. Underneath the body, the Bronco has a fully-boxed high strength steel chassis. To get over the rough stuff, it will come with Ford’s latest off-road software called G.O.A.T. (Go Over Any Terrain). It has 7 drive modes for the Bronco which include Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery & Sand, Baja, Mud/Ruts, and Rock Crawl. Further aiding to the off-road capabilities are Trail Control, Trail Turn Assist, and Trail One-Pedal Drive. The Bronco also has 11.6-inches of ground clearance, 29-degree break-over angle, 37.2-degree departure angle, water fording capability of up to 33.5-inches, and Ford will offer the Bronco with factory 35-inch tires as part of the Sasquatch Package.
The interior of the 2021 Ford Bronco is just as rugged as the exterior. All of the surfaces are wipable and some models include rubberized floors with integrated drains and marine-grade vinyl seats. An available 12-inch touchscreen displays Ford’s new Sync 4 infotainment system as well as optional surround view cameras with off-road spotter views. In terms of safety, the Bronco will be available with a full suite of advanced safety features such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot sensors with cross-traffic alert, active lane control, and pedestrian detection to name a few.
Pricing for the 2-door 2021 Ford Bronco will start at $40,499 CAD and will go up to $61,994 CAD for the top Wildtrak 4-door trim. If you’re interested, you can reserve a 2021 Ford Bronco for just $100 and deliveries are expected to start in Spring of 2021.