55 years since the first-generation model was produced, the highly-anticipated 2021 Ford Bronco – including a classic two-door and first-ever four-door – has been revealed with a retro-inspired design. Just like the first-generation Bronco, nicknamed G.O.A.T., the mission of the all-new 2021 Bronco is to deliver maximum 4×4 go-anywhere, anytime capability and confidence.
“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.”
Thanks to Bronco’s legendary Baja racing DNA, each model brings forth a thrilling off-road experience and delivers it with modern, heritage-inspired style. It all began in a Ford design studio with a life-size digital scan of a first-generation model that served to influence the proportions and design of the all-new Bronco for maximum off-road capability and performance
“Similar to the first-generation model, Bronco’s square proportions, short overhangs and wide stance are optimized for off-road adventure,” said Paul Wraith, Bronco chief designer. The side profile features a flat, no-nonsense surface with clear-cut edges and robustly flared fenders. Large, open-wheel wells are a modular design with a quick-release attachment for simple customization.
All-new Bronco architecture for two- and four-door models is based on a fully boxed, high-strength steel chassis that delivers available best-in-class suspension travel – 17 percent more both front and rear over the closest competitor to thrive in rugged environments.
All modular hardtops have rear quarter windows that are removable in three easy steps – snap, push and lift away in a fraction of the time it takes for competitors – without removing the roof panels. On top, the frameless doors can also be removed and stored onboard in special protective bags.
The instrument panel is inspired by the first-generation model, with gauges and controls clearly visible and intuitive. Colors and materials are inspired by natural palettes and outdoor gear. With off-road functionality paramount, materials are tough and rugged. To make post-adventure cleanups simple, fast and painless, select Bronco models come with washable rubberized floors with integrated drains and marine-grade vinyl seating surfaces that resist mildew.
To match the go-anywhere capabilities, the 4×4 enhances a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that produces 310 hp and 400 lb.-ft of torque. There are two systems on offer: a base setup that utlizes a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case; and an advanced 4×4 system that features a two-speed electromechanical transfer case, which adds an auto mode for on-demand engagement. Power is distributed to a solid rear axle and independent front differential unit – both available electronic locking differentials for improved traction over rough terrain.
To aid fun, drivers have a suite of up to seven driver-selectable modes, including normal, eco, sport, slippery and sand, with baja, mud/ruts and rock crawl. Its exclusive trail toolbox offers another host of technologies to further elevate their off-road experience. This includes the trail control that offers cruise control for low-speed trail driving, trail turn assist to tighten turning radiuses, and trail one-pedal drive acceleration/braking control which delivers precise and slow-motion rock crawling when needed.