After more than 20 years, the Bronco's back. Built on a platform that will also underpin the next Ranger midsize truck, the 2021 Ford Bronco picks up where its predecessor left off, as an off-road-oriented, body-on-frame SUV. Ford will offer the 2021 Bronco in two forms: a two-door and larger four-door version—just like the Jeep Wrangler. To better compete with that icon, the Bronco will offer removable doors, windows, and roofs on both body styles.
Looking for the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport? Read about it here. The new Bronco Sport is built to capture some of the big Bronco's appeal in a smaller, Escape-crossover-based package.
The 2021 Bronco's base engine is a 2.3-liter turbo I-4 rated at 275 hp and 315 lb-ft of torque on regular fuel, or 300 hp and 325 lb-ft on premium fuel. For more power, try the available 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 that's good for 315 hp and 410 lb-ft on regular fuel, or 330 hp and 415 lb-ft on premium fuel. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual on the 2.3 (plus a super-low crawler gear that Ford says makes it a seven-speed) or a 10-speed automatic on both engines. Oh, and G.O.A.T. stands for Go Over Any Terrain.
Several key features aim to improve off-road capability, including all-terrain tires on the Badlands and Wildtrak models, two types of transfer cases, as well as front and rear locking differentials. Drive modes include Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Sand, Baja, Mud, and Rock Crawl, the latter a setting that automatically adjust many settings to eliminate the guesswork from off-roading.
Like a Toyota Land Cruiser, the new Bronco also has a Trail Turn Assist function that can drag the inside rear brake to tighten the turning radius (the Bronco's feature works at higher speeds, too). Then there's the option of one-pedal driving. If you spring for a Bronco powered by the 2.7-liter engine, one drive mode will automatically hold the brakes when you lift off the accelerator pedal.
The two-door Bronco has 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats up. Folding the rear seats expands capacity to 58.4 cubic feet. The Bronco two-door is longer and wider than a two-door Wrangler, which helps explain why it offers so much more than the Jeep's 12.9 cubic feet with the seats up and 31.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.
Choose the four-door Bronco for maximum practicality. There's 35.6 cubic feet with all seats up and 77.6 cubic feet with the second row folded. That compares to the Wrangler Unlimited four-door's 31.7 and 72.4 cubic feet, respectively. The maximum towing capacity of the Bronco and Wrangler when properly equipped is 3,500 pounds.
A base-model 2021 Ford Bronco will cost $29,995. That's the price for an entry-level two-door Bronco, and that means pricing starts only a tiny bit above a two-door Jeep Wrangler. Get the full story here.
So how's the Bronco different from the Bronco Sport? Head here to find out.
Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite of active safety features is standard on the 2021 Bronco starting with the Big Bend grade (one above the base trim). That includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.
Ford will offer the 2021 Bronco in seven trims. Besides the base and Bend models, other Bronco variants include Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Wildtrak, Badlands, and a low-volume First Edition. Learn more on 2021 Ford Bronco trims here.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard on the 2021 Bronco. An 8.0- or 12.0-inch touchscreen are offered, as is a 6.5-inch instrument cluster display.
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