Ford gains after Bronco reveal draws notice

Andrew Cummings
July 16, 2020

Now one of the most collectible of the Bronco series of yore, so it made sense that, if Ford was to revive the pony truck of the 1990s, it must also bring back the Baby Bronco.

There are plenty of technology additions inside the First Edition Bronco Sport as well, including a 10-speaker B&O sound system, and SYNC 3 with an 8 inch touchscreen and voice-activated navigation system.

The dashboard can be fitted with a rack for mounting different devices and the interior is weatherproof, featuring a rubberised floor with drain plugs and water-resistant upholstery. The 2-door and 4-door models come with soft and hard top options and removable doors and roof sections.

There are personalisation options too.

The Bronco comes with heavy duty modular steel bumpers with tow hooks and a winch mount.

Powering the Bronco will be a choice of two EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engines, but sadly no V8. Like its larger sibling, it also has G.O.A.T. modes for its terrain management, allowing the driver to select from up to seven options to adjust the drivetrain to varied conditions or needs. 'Bronco's advanced four-wheel-drive technology is at the core of its off-road capabilities, ' said Bronco marketing boss Mark Grueber, 'and at the heart of it all is Bronco's exclusive terrain management system with G.O.A.T. Mode that is created to help drivers better navigate any type of terrain'.

Add to this a ground clearance of 295mm, break- and departure angles of 29- and 37.2-degrees, respectively, and a wading depth of up to 850mm, and you have a vehicle that will do its "goat" DNA justice. The body-on-frame SUV, Ford says, has 17 percent more suspension travel than the Jeep Wrangler.

All-wheel drive still features, with the toppier Badlands and First Edition versions featuring a four-wheel drive system with a twin-clutch locking rear differential.

Both the Bronco and the Bronco Sport have blocky square-cornered designs that clearly draw from their 1960s predecessors.

More than two decades later and Ford revealed the fifth-generation Bronco. However, it has a monocoque architecture unlike the full-size Bronco.

Ford started taking reservations for the 2021 Bronco on Monday night and the entire run of the limited-production First Edition is already spoken for. It's available in five trim levels with badass/cringe-inducing (delete where appropriate) names; base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, Badlands and First Edition. The first is a 2.3-litre inline four-cylinder producing 270PS/420Nm, offered with either a Getrag 7-speed manual (6+1 crawler gear) or a 10-speed automatic. Unlike the Wrangler, though, the Bronco's doors will fit inside the vehicle after being removed. India launch not expected anytime soon but we hope it comes here, at least the Bronco Sport.

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