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Ford Bronco Sport production started, will be followed by the full-size Bronco

November 20, 2020 GMT

Los Angeles, CA ( TS Newswire ) -- 20 Nov 2020

You are a true O.G. if you are aware of the legacy Bronco has in the industry. For all the fans of the Bronco who have missed it for the 25 years it was absent in the market, Ford has decided to bring the legend back. Fans were so triumphant that over 100,000 people have already put the money down to get their hands on one. However, this incredible amount of jubilation damps down a bit as most of the people wont get their hands on one before next year. However, to kick things off, the Blue Oval has already started the production for the Ford Bronco Sport. To be precise, assembly of the Bronco Sport vehicles started on October 26, 2020.

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For buyers and admirers alike, one of the most discussed topics is the 2021 Ford Bronco engine options. Speaking about that, it is not exactly like the icon, there is no V8 much to the disappointment of the purists. But they sure will enjoy the optional manual transmission offered, along with many other nostalgic details.

Ford has tried its best to mingle the old-school vibe and off-road pedigree of the 1960 icon and the technology and versatility of a 2021 off-roader. A 12.0-inch touchscreen is the torch-bearer of the technology inside, there is even an off-road performance app. Durable and waterproof surfaces are fitted inside, and you can have either a hardtop or a soft top. Another option is choosing two-door or four-door, so there are various body styles to choose from. Not just that, the car also possesses the chassis and drivetrain required on the most rugged trails.

Things you will like:

  • Traditional styling and body style
  • Suitable daily driver and off-road capability in a single package
  • Tons of optional equipment and factory accessories
  • Affordable base price

Things you wont like:

  • Purists would have loved a V8 option
  • Fuel economy not up to the mark
  • Safety equipment not as extensive as expected

Lets see how it drives

Probably the biggest priority for the people as ever since the car has broken covers, most enthusiasts have asked questions about the 2021 Ford Bronco engine options. There are two rather strong engines available with the 2021 Ford Bronco, though none of them are lusty V8s. The standard engine is a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four, putting out 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The larger V6 gets another turbocharger added and is a 2.7-liter unit, and it makes 310 horses and 400 lb-ft. Ford also says that there will be a hybrid powertrain as a part of the line-up eventually but thats all is known about it. As far as the transmission options are considered, there is a 10-speed automatic that can be had with both the engines, there is a 7-speed manual optional as well, but it is only paired to the smaller engine.

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The manual gearbox may be bolted to the smaller hence less torquey engine, but it has a super low crawler ratio and it makes better use of the torque available. Four-wheel drive is available as standard but there is an all-wheel-drive option available as well. there is more off-road specific equipment, like the bead-lock-capable wheels, 35-inch mud-terrain tires, electronic locking front, and rear differentials, a sway-bar-disconnect feature, and long-travel dampers. The maximum ground clearance number is 11.6 inches and the wading depth is an impressive 33.5 inches of water. The 2021 Ford Bronco can also tow 3500 pounds, which is similar to the like of the Wrangler.

For that matter, the twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 is better suited to people who need to be doing a lot of towing frequently. The fact that it can put down 400 lb-ft of torque makes up for the deficiencies that anyone might have with the auto-gearbox. Looking at all this, it is almost a shame that there is no diesel Bronco, that would have stretched the versatility of this vehicle a lot.

Another interesting point about the 7-speed manual gearbox, it only has six gears in essence, with a crawler gear as told before. The crawling ratio is super low, 94.75:1 to be exact, to make for peak climbing prowess. And before you ask, the Bronco Sport has both the engine options available and they will be the same for the whole 2021 Ford Bronco engine options.

Model

Base

EcoBoost

Engine

2.3-liter Turbo I4

2.7-liter Twin-Turbocharged V6

Transmission

7-speed manual

10-speed automatic

Power

310 @ 5500

310

Torque

350 @ 3000

475

The design

Before we start pon the exterior design, let us look at the trims the vehicle is available in

  • Base: $28,500
  • Big Bend: $33,385
  • Black Diamond: $36,050
  • Outer Banks: $38,955
  • Badlands: $42,095
  • Wildtrak: $48,875
  • First Edition: $59,305

Now that thats out of the way, you should know that the First Edition is already sold out, while the full-size trims of the trims are yet to be confirmed (apart from the base 4-door which starts at $33,200).

Kudos to Ford for finding the perfect balance between the heritage and the modern touches that are pleasing to the eye in this new decade. The exteriors are filled with clear-cut edges and square proportions; the car also sits with a wide stance which is further enhanced by flared fenders. For a change, the name Bronco is spelled out on the front grille instead of a blue oval you usually see there.

The full-size Broncos will be four-door, while the two-door versions have a removable three-section roof while the four-door versions will have a four-section roof. The roof is cloth as standard however a hard-top can be had as an option. Arguably the most irresistible part of the exteriors is the frameless doors which can also be removed and stored along with the roof. The cool-looking cowl-mounted side mirrors do not get removed with the doors and you retain side visibility. The trail sights on the front fenders not only are there to remind of its off-roading prowess but are also functional as they act as tie-downs for stuff stacked on the roof.

How safe will the Bronco be?

The car is a pretty new one, so there have been no crash tests done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the 2021 Ford Bronco. A suite of driver safety and assist features will be available in the car. Not only that, some extra features helpful for trail riding and rock crawling will also be a part of the suite, frankly which are more to do with the 2021 Ford Bronco engine options than anything related to safety. The suite consisting of all the advanced driver-assist systems will be part of Fords Co-Pilot 360 suite. There is no news yet about the inclusion of Active Drive Assist, which is the hands-free partial automated drive system. The next-generation F-150 pick-up and the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV already are confirmed to get this tech, so there is some probability to make it to the 2021 Ford Bronco.

For now, these safety features are confirmed to be included

  • forward-collision warning
  • automated emergency braking
  • lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • blind-spot monitoring
  • rear cross-traffic alert
  • pedestrian detection
  • post-impact braking
  • side-curtain airbags into the roll cage

Should you get one?

The answer is a resounding yes, the 2021 Ford Bronco engine options are too good to let them slide but you should better hurry as a large number of people have already put their name down for one, the First Edition is already sold out and the soon this could be the case for the rest of the trims before the full-size Broncos arrive.