The debut of the 2021 Ford Bronco family of SUVs is perhaps the most anticipated vehicle launch in the last decade. Maybe longer. Now, the wait is over.
The 2021 Ford Bronco will come in three variants. There’s the two- and four-door Bronco and the four-door Bronco Sport. The Bronco models feature body lines and attributes most similar to the original Broncos while the Bronco Sport is a lifestyle-focused off-road capable model.
Ford’s design team has given the Bronco, more so than the Bronco Sport, a look that balances heritage and modernity equally. While there’s always enthusiasts who will be disappointed, it’s hard to find too much fault with the translation.
Two- and Four-Door 2021 Ford Bronco
The two- and four-door Bronco 4×4 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.3-liter engine that achieves 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a standard seven-speed automatic transmission (six traditional gears and one crawler gear). A 10-speed automatic is available.
The models can have their doors and roof removed.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company
Buyers can upgrade to a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 that gets 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.
The two-door has a 100.4-inch wheelbase and the four-door comes in at 116.1 inches. Under the body are Dana 44-inch AdvanTEX axles and locking differentials at the front and back. Length varies slightly by trim level, as does height.
Part-time selectable engagement 4×4 capability comes standard. Advanced 4×4 with automatic, on-demand 4H engagement is available. Technology allows for electronic shift-on-the-fly capability.
Ford has equipped the models with up to seven G.O.A.T. Modes, via the Terrain Management System. The drive modes allow drivers to have confidence in the capability of their vehicle and take advantage of some technology while they’re at it. The modes are Normal, Sport, Slippery, Sand, Baja, Mud/Ruts, and Rock Crawl.
The Bronco and Bronco Sport come with G.O.A.T. Modes.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company
Two-door Broncos come standard with a three-section roof system that’s removable. A four-section removable roof is available. Roof panels are able to be removed by one person and stored in the vehicle.
A cloth top is standard on four-door models. A removable hardtop is available.
The two-door has a base ground clearance of 8.4 inches and up to 11.6 inches of clearance. The four-door has one-tenth inch less ground clearance.
It rides on wheels ranging from 16- to 18-inches, depending on trim level. Tires ranging from 30 to 35 inches are standard issue, supplied by Bridgestone, General Tire, BF Goodrich, and Goodyear.
The 2021 Ford Bronco can be optioned up to look bug-out ready.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company
All models have a 3,500-pound towing capacity. Trail sights on the front fenders allow for up to 150 pounds of tie-down capacity.
Buyers will have access to over 200 factory-backed accessories at launch when the vehicles arrive in dealership in the spring.
The interior of the Bronco is available with rinse-out and drainage solutions. It’s home to a classic dashboard that features up to a 12-inch, SYNC 4-run infotainment touch screen. More than 1,000 trail maps are available through the screen’s trail guides system. Content can be created and shared with friends via on-screen functionality.
The 2021 Ford Bronco starts at $29,995 and comes in Base, Big Bed, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Wildtrak, Badlands, and First Edition trim levels.
The interior of the Bronco holds true to its heritage, with refined, modern touches.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company
2021 Ford Bronco Sport
Built alongside the Ford Escape, the 2021 Bronco Sport is very different than the hot-selling SUV. It has a completely different look inside and out, and a different wheelbase. Though still rugged, the Bronco Sport isn’t as capable as its two- and four-door family members. However, its thoughtful innovations are smart ways to win over adventurers.
Ford will sell the Bronco Sport in Base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, Badlands, and First Edition trim levels. Reservations are open now and the vehicles will arrive at dealerships later this year.
Ford will make over 100 accessories available for the Bronco Sport when it arrives at dealerships nationwide later this year.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company
The Bronco Sport comes standard with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that gets 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. An upgraded 2.0-liter EcoBoost is available that yields 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Like the Bronco, the Bronco Sport has a Terrain Management System with up to seven available G.O.A.T. Modes. In its top Badlands grade, the model features four steel bash plates, frame-mounted tow hooks, and up to 23.6 inches of water fording capability. The small SUV is no slouch.
The Bronco Sport is capable of some serious off-roading.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company
The five-seater has best-in-class first- and second-row headroom. Folding down the rear seats allows enough room for two standing 27.5-inch wheel mountain bikes to be stowed on an interior Yakima bike accessory rack. A slide-out working table is available as well as a 400-watt inverter, and liftgate floodlamps.
A flip-glass rear window, low-load cargo floor, and roof rack are designed to make life on the trail easier. Bronco Sport will launch with over 100 available accessories.
Large mountain bikes fit in the cargo area of the model.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company
Ford is giving every Bronco Sport an 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen display that features the SYNC 3 operating system and has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
The Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assist and safety technology is standard across the lineup.
The interior of the Bronco Sport is more refined than the Bronco’s.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport starts at $28,115.
Find out more
You can find out more about the trim levels, color options, off-road prowess, and history of the Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport by growing AutomotiveMap’s laundry list of Bronco family premier coverage.
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