The new Ford Bronco has made its debut and is available to pre-order. The model brings plenty of goodies, and it is a real strong rival to the Jeep Wrangler.
The Bronco starts at $29,995 for a base two-door and $34,695 for a four-door version. Ford is now taking $100 reservations. The first vehicles should reach dealerships in spring 2021.
Customers can choose from two engines – a base 2.3-liter 270-hp/310 lb-ft inline-four EcoBoost and an optional 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 making 310 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.
Transmission choices include a seven-speed Getrag manual or a 10-speed automatic. The first one delivers a crawl ratio that is similar to a Wrangler Rubicon when paired with the optional automatic four-wheel-drive transfer case.
Six trim levels (First Edition, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Wildtrak, Badlands), and the Sasquatch off-road package will be on offer.
This package brings offroad-specific features like mud-terrain tires, locking Spicer differentials, 17-inch wheels, high-clearance suspension and fender flares, Bilstein dampers, 3 inches of extra track width.
Among the highlights, there is the high-performance off-road stability suspension (HOSS). The tire choices are 30-, 32-, 33-, 35-inch ones.
The Ford Bronco’s ground clearance of 11.6 inches (for a 2-door) is even better than the Raptor’s. Its max fording depth of 33.5 inches also impresses. The vehicle has an independent front end.
The doors are frameless and removable, stored in fitted bags that you can take with you. Ford mounted the exterior rearview mirrors to the base of the A-pillar, so you keep your mirrors even when the doors are off.
The Bronco also got a removable top which is a hardtop only for the 2-door vehicle, and both soft and soft hardtop for the 4-door.
In the back, there is a slide-out tailgate. It serves as the mount for the spare tire and the center high-mounted brake light. A receiver hitch below is good to tow 3,500 lbs.
In the cabin, Ford uses rubberized materials, silicon, marine-grade vinyl. Huge grab handles and the modular rack across the top of the dash can serve as a base for phone mounts, in case the vehicle is parked at an angle (don’t forget the Bronco is an off-roader!).
The Sync 4 infotainment system with a 12.0-inch screen dominates the dashboard’s center. The knobs below serve for climate control, volume, and tuning.
The Bronco’s onboard system features off-road trail navigation able to operate when there is no cell signal.
The buttons in the upper part of the dash serve to control differential locks, off-road turn assist, traction control defeat, and hazard lights.
Drive Modes, Accessories
A terrain management system offers GOAT modes (Goes Over Any Type of Terrain), Baja, Rock Crawl, and Trail Control. You can mount six more auxiliary switches to control extra lights, a winch, or other electrified gimcracks.
Ford plans to offer more than 200 accessories, including different styles for fender flares, a transparent lower panel for doors, “trail sights” at the top of the front fenders serving as mounting points for cables or tie-down points.
The company claims its carrying capacity is 150 lbs. You can use them to secure a light boat, for example.