Three years after announcing it’s return, Ford has finally revealed the new 2021 Bronco and it is impressive to say the least. Land Rover and JEEP fans have to be scratching their heads this morning wondering how Ford got this new design so right. All over America today tongues are wagging for the new truck.
The 2021 Ford Bronco that was introduced Monday night is a mid-sized SUV that looks to put Ford back on the map in getting people outdoors in style. Its release comes at a perfect time as sales for outdoor vehicles are near record levels.
The truck was developed to compete in the SUV market with the Jeep Wrangler and the new Land Rover Defender. Its design was obviously inspired by the original 1966 Bronco which had body-on-frame construction, standard four-wheel-drive and a removable roof and doors. The 2021 version has a rich color palette to choose from and optional packages that make off-roading fun and easy.
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The 2021 Bronco will come with a 270 hp 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 is optional and rated at 310 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Both engines offer a 10-speed automatic transmission, but the four-cylinder can also be matched to a 7-speed manual with an ultra-low “crawler” gear for extreme off-roading. This is good news for fans of rock crawling and other extreme truck exploits.
Wheel sizes on the new vehicle range from 16-inch painted steel rims with 30-inch 255/70R all-season tires on the base to 17-inch forged aluminum wheels with 35-inch 315/70R all-terrain tires. There also is a Sasquatch Package available with 35-inch tires on bead lock ready wheels.
A Dana 44 solid rear axle is paired with a Dana independent front differential unit; both are available with electronic locking differentials that distribute the power equally between both wheels for ultimate traction.
Ultimately, six versions of the two- and four-door Bronco will be available: Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Wildtrak and Badlands. Additionally, a Limited Run of 3500 First Edition models is being offered at launch.
Priced to sell
Am I reading this right? “The base two-door Bronco starts at $29,995 including destination with additional pricing, details and specifications revealed closer to the sale date,” says Ford. That’s simply amazing.
The Bronco’s top competitors come in at a much steeper price. Looking at that window sticker, JEEP and Land Rover buyers are doing more than just scratching their heads this morning. They’re checking their bank accounts.
While the new Broncos don’t officially go on sale until Spring 2021, Ford is currently taking reservations with a $100 deposit.