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Full Coverage of the All-New 2021 Ford Bronco

By Derek Shiekhi | July 13, 2020

We have literally been waiting decades to say this: The all-new Ford Bronco is finally here! But the 2021 version of the icon is more than just a new model. It's an entire family of vehicles. The entry-level model is the Bronco Sport (which we'll cover in a separate piece).

The larger Bronco has a starting price of $29,995 and is available as a two-door and, for the first time ever, four-door. It comes in 11 different colors and seven trim levels: base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, WildTrak and Badlands. Ford will also produce 3,500 First Edition Broncos.


2021 Ford Bronco Exterior

Ford incorporated a lot of the original Bronco’s visual DNA into the new model. A pair of round headlights flank a one-bar grille that makes it clear you’re not just looking at a Ford, you’re looking at a Bronco. The tops of the front fenders feature trail sights that make it easy to see the Bronco’s front extremities from behind the wheel. Those double as tie-down points that can hold up to 150 pounds of gear – perfect for securing longer cargo on the roof, like a canoe.

The Bronco is built not only to go outdoors, but to enable its passengers to feel closer to nature along the way. Two-door Broncos come standard with a three-part roof that’s made up of two removable sections over the front seats and a large rear piece over the rest of the vehicle. A four-piece package that adds a removable panel over the rear seats and cargo hold is also available.

A cloth soft top is standard equipment on four-door Broncos and can be tilted up to allow easy access to the rear cargo area. An optional four-piece setup comes with removable front sections, a full-width center panel and rear cap.

Ford designed the Bronco’s frameless doors to be easily removable. And don’t worry about the side mirrors. Those are mounted to the front cowl so you can go doorless and still keep an eye on your fellow drivers.

Wheel sizes range from 16 to 18 inches in diameter. Tire diameters start at 30 inches and go as big as 35 inches. The available Sasquatch Package includes 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels wrapped in 35-inch mud-terrain tires and several other components designed for off-road adventures.

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2021 Ford Bronco Interior

The Bronco’s cabin is just as purpose-built as its rugged exterior. Nature and outdoor equipment inspired the color and material options. Attachment points integrated into the instrument panel allow for easy mounting of devices such as phones, navigation units and cameras. Seats equipped with optional MOLLE hooks can hold even more stuff behind them, such as water bottles and thermoses.

The available 360-degree camera system can show you what’s around the Bronco and even help you off-road by providing “spotter” views. Using the FordPass Performance app, you can plan, navigate and even share video of your journeys with fellow off-roading enthusiasts. That footage is even easier to see on the SYNC 4 infotainment system’s available 12-inch touchscreen (an eight-inch display is standard on certain models). If one of those treks gets a little too exciting, nervous front passengers can hold onto one of the optional grab handles on the center console.

Splashing through water and mud can be hard on a vehicle’s interior, so Ford made sure the Bronco’s cabin can survive that wet and wild action. Certain trim levels come equipped with washable and drainable rubberized floors and seats covered with marine-grade vinyl treated to resist mildew. Seamless silicone rubber covers the dash-mounted switches for the off-road controls. The six available upfitter switches that Ford offers are silicone-sealed to keep out moisture and dirt. Cleaning the instrument panel surfaces is as easy as wiping them down.

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2021 Ford Bronco Interior

Every Bronco rides on an independent front suspension and solid rear axle with coil springs. In addition to the 35s we mentioned earlier, the Sasquatch Package adds the fender flares to clear them, a high-clearance suspension with position-sensitive Bilstein shocks, a 4.7:1 final drive ratio and locking front and rear differentials. An available semi-active disconnecting hydraulic stabilizer bar maximizes the Bronco’s front-end articulation on rough terrain.

A pair of turbocharged EcoBoost engines gives the Bronco the power to gallop down roads and charge up trails. The base unit is a 2.3-liter I4 that generates 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Upgrading to the 2.7-liter V6 gets you 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of grunt. Both engines can be paired with a 10-speed automatic, but only the four-cylinder EcoBoost is available with a new 7-speed manual transmission that has a special “crawler” gear for low-speed maneuvers over rocky ground.

There are two different four-wheel drive systems, too. The basic setup has a two-speed electronic transfer case with shift-on-the-fly capability. Its more advanced sibling packs a two-speed electromechanical transfer case with an auto mode that can quickly change between 2H and 4H.

In a nod to the original Bronco’s ability to go over any type of terrain, Ford named the various off-road drive settings for the new model’s Terrain Management System “G.O.A.T Modes.” Depending on how you configure the Bronco, it can have as few as five (Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand) or as many as seven (Normal, Eco, Slippery, Sand, Baja, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl).

All of that hardware is surrounded by strategically shaped sheet metal. The Bronco offers up to 11.6 inches of ground clearance, 33.5 inches of wading depth, 29 degrees of breakover angle and 37.2 degrees of departure angle.

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2021 Ford Bronco Safety

In addition to the various Bronco trim levels, there are four content packages (Standard, Mid, High and Lux) filled with increasing amounts of convenience and safety features.

The safety equipment in the Mid bundle includes a Reverse Sensing System and Ford Co-Pilot360 with Pre-Collision Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Information System with CrossTraffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System and Auto High-Beam Headlamps. High throws in the 360-degree camera package and a Forward Sensing System. Lux tops the range with Adaptive Cruise Control and Evasive Steering Assist.

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2021 Ford Bronco Overall

If you’re eager to get your hands on your very own all-new Bronco, you just have to wait a little longer. The Blue Oval will start production in early 2021. Look for the reborn icon in AutoNation Ford dealerships next spring.

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2021 Ford Bronco Specs

Layouts

2-door or 4-door SUV

Engines

2.3L I-4; 270 hp / 310 lb-ft

2.7L V-6; 310 hp / 400 lb-ft

Transmissions

7-speed manual

10-speed automatic

Safety / MPG

TBD

   

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