After a 25-year absence from the market, the legendary Ford Bronco made its triumphant return for 2021. But unlike the original, there is now a four-door version available alongside the traditional two-door body style. The Bronco 2021 is not only a suitable everyday driver, but it can tackle almost any off-road situation, and Ford has done its best to ensure it with tons of optional equipment. In fact, there are over 200 factory-backed aftermarket accessories. And yes, the Jeep Wrangler is the main focus of the Bronco.
Combined with a quasi-retro exterior, a thoroughly modern interior, and removable doors and roof, the Bronco represents a new off-road beginning for Ford. Its affordable base price makes it accessible to millions of eager shoppers, many of whom have been waiting years to see this day. But the big question remains: will the new Bronco significantly affect Wrangler’s sales? Time will tell, but the truth is that the Wrangler has never faced a more serious rival.
What’s new for 2021?
Ford resurrects the Bronco nameplate for 2021, emulating the old-school vibe and off-road pedigree of its iconic mid-60s predecessors. Now that Ford has revealed the thing, we have a much better idea of its capabilities and specs. The new Bronco will hit dealerships in spring 2021.
Technology meets outdoors indoors
The Bronco’s interior has a very tough theme, but it also has all the necessary modern pieces of technology. Every interior surface is cleanable and rubber floors with built-in drains and marine grade vinyl seats are available in select trims. Both the gear lever and G.O.A.T. The mode controller is located on the center console. Grab handles for the center console and instrument panel are optional, as are the MOLLE hooks mounted on the seat backs. Ford says the multi-function LCD instrument panel is inspired by first-generation Broncos, with clear, concise gauges and controls.
There’s an optional 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Sync4 that supports wireless upgrades, but the modular instrument panel and center console offer integrated 12-volt powered mounting points for accessories like cameras, navigation units, and smartphones. . Ford also offers off-road navigation through its dedicated performance app with over 1,000 select trail maps from around the country.
Infotainment and connectivity
The latest Sync 4 software in Ford’s dash will power the 8.0 or 12.0-inch touchscreen that’s embedded in the middle of the Bronco’s dash. The settings allow wireless updates and can connect to the cloud and the user’s smartphone wirelessly. The infotainment system also supports a number of modern infotainment features including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a subscription-based Wi-Fi access point. The unit can also be upgraded with desirable options such as built-in navigation and a more powerful B&O stereo.
Safety features and driver assistance
The Bronco 2021 has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It will be available with a suite of driver assistance technology, including automatic high beams and parking sensors. The Bronco also has equipment that makes it easy to crawl rocks at slow speeds and drive on trails. Key security features include:
- Available collision warning available and automatic emergency braking
- Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist Available
- Available blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Bronco was designed and built for off-road use and Ford has given it just the right power. A 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque is standard, while the optional engine is a 2.7-liter turbo V6 with 310 hp and 400 pound-feet. A 10-speed automatic transmission is available and four-boat customers can also get a seven-speed manual with a 94.75: 1 low-range crawler gear ratio. In other words, it’s great for crawling over rocks.
The standard engine is a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four that makes 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The other option is a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 that makes 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft. Ford has confirmed that the Bronco will eventually offer a hybrid powertrain as well. A 10-speed automatic transmission bolts to both gasoline engines, but a seven-speed manual only supports the smallest.
An advanced 4×4 system is optional for both body styles complete with a two-speed electromechanical transfer case that features an automatic mode for on-demand engagement for 2H or 4H. The basic 4×4 system has a two-speed electronic transfer case with on-the-fly shifting.
Ford has updated its terrain management system with numerous G.O.A.T. (Go Over Any Terrain) Modes including Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand, Baja, Mud / Ruts, and Rock Crawl.
Power goes to a solid Dana 44 AdvanTEK rear axle and a Dana AdvanTEK independent front differential with optional electronic locking differentials. There are even exposed tow hooks and steel bumpers with an optional built-in winch mount that could come in handy. A suite of off-road features from the Bronco Trail Toolbox includes Trail Control, Trail Turn Assist, and Trail One-Pedal Drive.
2021 Ford Bronco Models
|Base 2-Door||2.3-liter Turbo 4 Cylinder Gas||7-Speed Manual||All-Wheel Drive||$28,500|
|Base 4-Door||2.3-liter Turbo 4 Cylinder Gas||7-Speed Manual||All-Wheel Drive||$33,200|
|Big Bend 2-Door||2.3-liter Turbo 4 Cylinder Gas||7-Speed Manual||All-Wheel Drive||$33,385|
|Black Diamond 2-Door||2.3-liter Turbo 4 Cylinder Gas||7-Speed Manual||All-Wheel Drive||$36,050|
|Outer Banks 2-Door||2.3-liter Turbo 4 Cylinder Gas||7-Speed Manual||All-Wheel Drive||$38,955|