Ford finally unveiled the new Bronco Monday night. After being delayed for nearly a month the 2021 model finally debuted. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the reveal was done virtually so there was no press trip to a venue, no fireworks, smoke, food, drink…oh anyway, the 2021 Ford Bronco is built atop a fully boxed frame that shares some of its genetic makeup with the Ranger.
Yes, is sort of looks like a Jeep but the four-seat model rides on a 100.4-inch wheelbase (3.6 inches longer than the Jeep), while the four-door, five-seat Bronco sits on a 116.1-inch wheelbase that’s 2.3-inches shorter than its rival.
The new Bronco uses EcoBoost® engines with segment-exclusive 7-speed manual transmission and available 35-inch tires; Bronco will also have available best-in-class 94.75:1 crawl ratio, ground clearance, suspension travel and water fording capabilities.
“We created the Bronco family to elevate every aspect of off-road adventure and equipped them with class-leading chassis hardware and exclusive technologies to raise the bar in the rugged 4×4 segment and take people further into the wild,” said Jim Farley, Ford chief operating officer. “They’re built with the toughness of an F-Series truck and performance spirit of Mustang – and come wrapped in one of the most stunning and functional off-road designs that’s true to the original Bronco design DNA.”
Up to seven driver-selectable modes are offered including Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand, with Baja, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl for off-road driving.
“Bronco’s advanced four-wheel-drive technology is at the core of its off-road capabilities, and at the heart of it all is Bronco’s exclusive Terrain Management System™ with G.O.A.T. Modes™ that is designed to help drivers better navigate any type of terrain,” said Mark Grueber, Bronco consumer marketing manager.
Two 4×4 systems are offered on all Bronco models, a base setup and advanced 4×4. 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. Power is distributed to a Dana™ 44 AdvanTEK® solid rear axle and Dana AdvanTEK independent front differential unit – both with available Spicer® Performa-TraK™ electronic locking differentials for improved traction over rough terrain.
So finally, we have seen it. Will it give the Wrangler a run for its money? Only time will tell. I just hope to be able to go a real in-person debut sometime in the future.
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