The day of the official presentation of the new Ford Bronco finally arrived. The icon of American SUVs that has been missing for many years, reappears in this summer of 2020 and does so as you can see, in all its glory. The objective is to compete with reference 4×4 models such as the Jeep Wrangler or the Land Rover Defender.
Already in its first promotional campaign on the network, Ford gave us access to a first video in which we could see the 4×4 in the middle of a test day, in a setting as challenging as the Mojave desert, in southern California (United States). However, the unit used in this spot concealed its final image after heavy camouflage.
The definitive design of the new generation Ford Bronco includes a front in which the led lights and a grill with the illuminated letters of the vehicle stand out, as well as a bumper with various hooks and high-profile tires. There are three versions to choose from, two or three doors and a so-called sport that is more SUV type.
As for the design, it is inspired by the first generation, which we remember reached the market in 1966. There are differences between the four and two-door versions and the Sport. If we start with the first we find a retro design in which the vertical pilots and quite pronounced wheel arches stand out.
There is also a spare wheel with the third brake light installed on a specific bracket that looks out over it and a minimalist bumper, with integrated parking sensors, yes. The roll cage is also already exposed and shows somewhat thick C-pillars, while the D-pillars are more angular.
Separate comment deserves the shorter wheelbase, the design of the headrests, and some rims of simple shapes, associated with off-road tires. This two-door version can also use a fixed roof, a really interesting and unknown detail to date.
Regarding dimensions, the two doors measure 4.4 meters and have a wheelbase of 2.5. The four are 4.8 and a 2.9 battle, while the SUV is 4.3 and 2.6 wheelbase.
Ford Bronco 2021 Interior
Official images confirm an original and retro look of the interior of the Bronco 2020, which stands out for including several vertical elements, including an instrument panel and a large center console. The center display is also large and based on the Ford SYNC 4 multimedia system with 12-inch touch operation. The equipment is completed with digital instrumentation with a color LCD screen that is in an elevated and centered position.
The gear lever is equally robust and just behind it is a rotary knob that allows you to select the different locks on the 4×4 system. On the right are two cup holders, a large passenger handle, and the “BRONCO” logo well placed on the large dashboard trim, just in front of the co-pilot.
This retro look of the cabin fits perfectly with the exterior of a Bronco that features vertical pillars, short overhangs, and rectangular lines, that is, elements that play very well with the retro and off-road nature of the car. Of course, the ground clearance is significant, the front is inspired by the Bronco R concept, including its circular headlights, removable doors, and roof and rear with a spare wheel in the air and vertical pilots that are very simple.
Regarding this frame, Ford turns to a new T6 platform, designed to bring the new resurrected icon to life. It is a traditional structure made up of stringers and crossbars, that is to say, similar to that of the Ranger, which is designed to offer the best off-road skills while promising great reliability.
In this section, two 4×4 systems stand out. The first includes a two-speed transfer case and up to seven driving modes: Normal, Eco, Sport, Sand, Low, Mud, and Rocks.
For those looking for more efficient 4×4 skills, Ford offers an all-wheel-drive system called the Spicer Performa TRAK with a differential lock on both axles. The front with independent wheels Dana AdvanTEK and the rear a fixed axis Dana 44 AdvanTEK.
A pack called Sasquatch is also available that includes differentiated coil-over shocks, and tires that can reach 35 inches mounted on 17-inch wheels.
The ground clearance ranges from 213.4mm to 294.6, with a wading capacity of up to 851mm. Entry and exit angles change depending on body type and available options.
Along with these versions of two and four doors, a third called Ford Bronco Sport stands out, which stands out for being more compact, made from a different platform, and destined for the C-SUV segment.
Going back to the official information from Ford, let’s remember that one of the first people in charge of getting behind the wheel of the 4×4 was the off-road expert Brad Lovell, who was in charge of driving it on difficult terrains such as dirt roads, sandy areas or full slopes of rocks. “Experts are busy testing and tuning the Bronco’s new powertrain and rugged chassis on a prototype experimental vehicle,” the brand reflected.
The engines responsible for propelling the unique off-roader are a 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost that produces 270 horsepower and 420 Nm of maximum torque. It also highlights a 2.7-liter V6 from the same family with 330 hp and 542 Nm as well as the brand’s ten-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, available for both the access version and the more powerful version.
In any case, the highlight of the range will be the Ford Bronco PHEV, a plug-in hybrid version confirmed by the oval brand for which more details are unknown to date.
From the USA to the world
Like the Jeep Wrangler, the Bronco is available in two- and four-door configurations, with a fixed or removable roof. Also, the access versions have 4×2 single-wheel drive and, of course, its commercialization will begin earlier in the United States than in the rest of Ford’s markets, although it is expected to be a global model and relatively -only relatively- affordable.
In the United States, the price starts at $ 29,995. It can already be reserved although the first deliveries will not arrive until the spring of 2021.