Ford is bringing back its Bronco sport utility vehicle, and this time with a three-vehicle “Built Wild” herd of 4x4s that includes a classic 2-door Bronco and the first 4-door Bronco, which also is available in Bronco Sport guise. Production of the new Broncos will begin in early 2021 in Michigan, Ford said.
In addition to revealing the vehicles on July 13, Ford said it was accepting $100 refundable deposits on the new, sixth-generation Broncos. A base price of $29,995 was announced for the 2-door Bronco, and Ford said that price includes $1,495 for destination and delivery charges. Potential buyers can make their deposits through the Ford website.
The Broncos will be equipped with EcoBoost engines and will offer 7-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmissions, as well what Ford says is “best-in-class” 94.75:1 crawl ratio, ground clearance, suspension travel and water-fording capabilities.
“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,” Jim Farley, Ford chief operating officer, was quoted in the automaker’s news release.
“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.”
Ford said the new Broncos will offer an exclusive Terrain Management System that includes G.O.A.T. Modes. That’s G.O.A.T. as in Go Over All Terrain. Settings include Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand, with Baja, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl for off-road driving.
Two 4×4 technologies will be offered, a base setup and an advanced off-road system.
“The base system utilizes a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case, while the optional advanced system features a two-speed electromechanical transfer case that adds an auto mode for on-demand engagement to select between 2H and 4H,” Ford said.
Also available will be what Ford calls the “Trail Toolbox” that includes Trail Control, cruise control for low-speed trail driving; Trail Turn Assist, which tightens turning radiuses through torque vectoring; and Trial One-Pedal Drive, which governs acceleration/braking control for more precise and confident slow-mode rock crawling.
“Similar to the first-generation model, Bronco’s square proportions, short overhangs and wide stance are optimized for off-road adventure,” said Paul Wraith, 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.”
Engines include a 2.3-liter turbocharged? 4-cylinder with 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque and a 2.7-liter V6 with 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.
In addition to removable roof sections, the doors can be removed for more open-air experience.
“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,” Fords said. “Instrument panel surfaces are wipeable, with seamless silicone rubber on the dash-mounted hero switches, while rubber touchpoints protect against dirt and water.”
A feature reflecting the original Bronco are “trail sights” on the front fenders that serve as tie-downs with a 150-pound capacity for securing such things as canoes.
A 12-inch SYNC communications system provides a 360-degree camera system as well as topographic trail maps with more than 1,000 curated trails available.
“The trail mapping system available on Bronco is truly a game-changer in the off-road community,” said Mark Grueber, Ford consumer marketing manager.