The 2021 Ford Bronco two-door and four-door, along with the new Bronco Sport crossover, made their official debut this week. Unfortunately for General Motors, the automaker has no direct rival to these highly anticipated new off-roaders at this time, leaving only Ford and Jeep to duke it out in the off-road arena.
Ford says the mission of the 2021 Bronco “is to deliver maximum 4×4 go-anywhere, anytime capability and confidence,” and provide “lasting performance in the harshest of conditions for generations to come.” Power comes from a turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine producing 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet, while a twin-turbo 2.7L V6 with 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque will also be on offer. A seven-speed manual transmission and four-wheel drive are standard and Ford’s 10-speed automatic is also for a premium.
Two 4×4 systems will be available on all Bronco models: a base 4×4 setup and a more advanced system. The base system has a two-speed electronic shift transfer case, while the more advanced setup has a two-speed electromechanical transfer case with an auto mode for on-demand selection between 2H and 4H. Also standard is a Dana 44 AdvanTEK solid rear axle and a Dana independent front differential unit – both of which are available with Spicer electronic locking differentials for improved traction and off-road performance.
Ford claims the 2021 Bronco boasts “segment-leading levels of off-road capability,” thanks to its best-in-class ground clearance, (11.6-inches), 29-degree breakover angle, 37.2-degree departure angle and best-in-class water fording capability of 33.5 inches. The off-roader rides on a fully boxed high strength steel chassis with independent front suspension, a solid rear axle and available long-travel, position-sensitive Bilstein dampers. Buyers who want more capability can opt for the optional beadlock wheels and 35-inch tires – both of which are a first in this segment.
The interior of the 2021 Ford Bronco blends utility with comfort thanks to an available 12-inch infotainment display screen, washable rubberized floors with integrated drains, available marine-grade vinyl seats and a dashboard device rack that allows the user to easily mount GoPro cameras, phone mounts and more. The SUV also has an available off-road navigation system with topographic trail maps of more than 1,000 curated off-road trails. Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 suite of active safety technology is available on the SUV, too.
As for the removable roof panels, base two-door models come with a three-panel removable roof, while four-door models have four removable roof sections.
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport crossover, meanwhile, is for the Bronco enthusiast who wants a smaller, slightly less off-road oriented package. Power here comes from a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder, which is good for 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. A turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder is available, too, which makes 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Both engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel-drive. The four-wheel-drive system also has a segment-exclusive twin-clutch rear-drive unit with a differential lock feature.
Similar to the regular Bronco, the Bronco Sport’s interior is ready to face the elements thanks to its available with washable rubber flooring in the cabin and cargo area, easy-to-clean cloth seating surfaces and silicone-sealed control switches. The crossover is offered with an eight-inch Ford SYNC infotainment system and the Co-Pilot 360 range of active safety tech, as well.
Four underbody skid plates, available 28.5-inch all-terrain tires and available tow hooks give the Bronco Sport some additional capability and ensure it’s worthy of the Bronco nameplate.
The 2021 Ford Bronco will start at $29,995 for a base-level two-door model. Pricing for the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport has not yet been announced. Both vehicles can be reserved via the automaker’s website now for $100.