Ford unveils all-new Bronco off-road adventure SUV
Ford has taken the wraps off their all-new adventure SUV, giving it the historic Bronco nameplate. The new SUV design recalls the original Bronco SUV from the 1960s. The new vehicle is designed to compete with the Jeep Wrangler and Land Rover Defender.
The new Bronco will be available as a two-door or four-door SUV, with configurable door and roof options that allow it to operate as an open vehicle, or as a more traditional SUV. Two-door models come with a standard three-section roof system — left and right front sections and a rear section — molded-in color and an available premium painted modular top with four sections that adds a removable panel over the rear seats and cargo area.
Four-door models have four removable roof sections — left and right front panels, a full-width center panel and a rear section. Roof panels on all models can be removed by one person by unlocking the latches from the interior. A cloth soft top will be standard on four-door models, providing a unique tilt-up function for quick access to the rear cargo area. For customers who don't want to choose between a soft or hardtop, the four-door model can be optioned with both.
The Bronco is available with two powerplants. A 2.3-liter EcoBoost is targeted to deliver best-in-class four-cylinder torque of 310 lb.-ft. with an expected 270 horsepower. A 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine is projected to produce 310 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.
A segment-first 7-speed manual transmission will be paired with the available advanced 4x4 system. An available segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission makes for easier driving on- and off-road, while offering a maximum 67.8:1 crawl ratio with the available advanced 4x4 transfer case.
Two 4x4 systems will be offered on all Bronco models, a base setup and advanced 4x4. The base system utilizes a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case, while the optional advanced system features a two-speed electromechanical transfer case that adds an auto mode for on-demand engagement to select between 2H and 4H.
The Bronco will feature 11.6-inch ground clearance, maximum 29-degree breakover angle and 37.2-degree departure angle, plus best-in-class water fording capability of up to 33.5 inches. Off-road capability is further reinforced by exposed tow hooks in the front and rear and available heavy-duty modular steel bumpers with integrated Ford Performance accessory winch mount.
Ford will begin Bronco production in early 2021, with the first models arriving in Ford dealerships next spring. As with the five generations before it, the all-new 2021 Bronco two-door and four-door models will be built at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.
More detailed information, including vehicle specs, accessories and full pricing and options, will be provided closer to launch. Ford has announced that the MSRP for the base two-door Bronco is $29,995, including $1,495 destination and delivery. Reservations for Bronco two- and four-door models can be made for $100 right now at www.ford.com.
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