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2021 Ford Bronco: A First Look

The Legend has Returned

The 2021 Ford Bronco has finally been announced, and with the release of its little brother, the Bronco Sport in the last couple of months, the full-size Bronco has officially crossed the full on hype threshold. The Bronco hasn’t yet been released, but we do know some good details and here’s our first analysis.

What’s Up Front?

With competition as fabled and iconic as the Jeep Wrangler, it’s obvious Ford hasn’t come to play around. Ford has equipped the base Bronco with a 2.3L inline-4 banger making around 270 horsepower pinned to a Ford Ranger underbody. For the thrillseekers and people who decide that just won’t cut it, a 2.7L twin turbo V6 is available that’s rated at 310 horsepower as well as 400 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.3 makes around 310 pound feet. Don’t worry gearheads, Ford gives you the option between a 7 speed manual for those who want to bang through gears on the trails or a 10 speed automatic.

How Does It Perform?

Ford has come out swinging in this aspect too, with one of it’s selling points being the brand new G.O.A.T modes. G.O.A.T stands for Go Over Any Terrain and allows the Bronco to become one of the most capable vehicles in its class. These modes configure out to Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Sand, Baja, Mud, and Rock Crawl. The Bronco has a staggering 11.6 inches of ground clearance along with a relatively short hood for a great approach angle, which is perfect for heavy offroading. Compared to the Jeep and other vehicles in its class, it has more cargo space, especially with the seats folded up, making it a practical, yet capable offroader. This beast still isn’t done, as it comes loaded with plenty of offroading features. In addition to the G.O.A.T. modes, it comes with Trail Turn Assist, Hill Start, One Pedal Driving, as well as Rock Crawl mode, which is tied to the G.O.A.T. modes, but allows for any human error to be eradicated from offroading.

Interior and Comfort

Just as the outside is brawny, the interior is a mixed bag, and it really depends on which trim you get. The Bronco comes in 7 different trims, each plays to a different style of individual, starting with the Black Diamond, all the way up to the First Edition, which also can be equipped with the Sasquatch Package- a mean offroading package which will get you 35-inch tires, upgraded shocks and frame, as well as plenty more offroading goodies. Apple Carplay and Android Auto is standard, as well as Ford’s driver assistance and safety features come in all Broncos. As previously mentioned, the Bronco’s cargo space is ample and far outweighs the competitors, the Bronco offers 77.6 cubic feet with all seats down compared to the Wrangler’s 72.4, with all seats up, it’s no competition with 35.6 to 31.7 respectively. Leather and cloth seat trims are also available, again, it would depend on your trim.

The Verdict?

The Bronco makes for a super capable offroader, and we can’t wait till we get our hands on it when it comes out. It provides solid competition to the previously unchallenged Jeep Wrangler and contains some of Ford’s best engineering. On paper it seems like a great buy and with all those trims, there’s something for everybody.

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