2021 Ford Bronco Sport: Complete Breakdown
Ford's debut of the 2021 Bronco brings more hype and excitement than any Ford vehicle other than the Mustang and Shelby models in recent memory. It has been just about twenty-five years since we saw the Bronco in the Ford lineup. Fortunately, this time around, it isn't just full-grown bucking Broncos to hit the desert, forests, and mountains this time. If you remember, back in the 1980s, Ford debuted what has been called the "Baby Bronco," this short version of the Bronco was intended to be an economical approach to the G.O.A.T. (Go Over Any Terrain) vehicle also known in today's world as the S.U.V.
Fortunately for those enthusiasts and individuals who want capability, adventure, and efficiency, the all-new 2021 Bronco Sport will be the "Built Wild" version for you. Just as the Bronco II served a purpose of style, functionality, and practicality, so does the Bronco Sport. This all-new breed of stallion provides more efficiency, practically, and capability than the Bronco II could ever imagine. We believe that this model will serve as the intermediary between off-road capability and virtually for those who want a piece of Bronco history while remaining cost-efficient and useful for every adventure in the American wild.
2021 Bronco Sport Street & Off-Road Review
Bronco Sport Exterior
First glance, you can quickly tell that this has Bronco design language written all over it from front to back and side to side. We can confirm the Bronco Sport design team was hard at work, making it look Bronco distinctly. Its round inspired shape headlamps, standout honeycomb grille, and an aggressive wide front stance; all of these characteristics are uniquely Bronco in every way. Unlike the Bronco II of the 1980s, this descendant of the Bronco lineage takes a more modern design and functionality approach. The Bronco Sport was designed to have the most functionality, and off-road capability of any Bronco II ever built. It is why it has a full skid plate integrated into the bumper and rock sliders that are integrated into the side skirts to help you have a set of reassurance when rock crawling those tricky obstacles.
As did the Bronco II, have a boxy design, which incorporated the original 1960s flat panel design, which was simplistic yet effective to get the most of what you needed in the wild. The Bronco Sport combines all the unique Bronco design while also using the Bronco II design to include an instantly recognizable Bronco. Moving to the rear end, we can see it is a simplistic design that helps in the fantastic ground clearance for the segment and will help in water fording when crossing a big river or stream. Overall we think that Ford did an excellent design for the Bronco Sport and reflects the image of what the Bronco II came to be in the 1980s.
Bronco Sport Powertrain
Since the Bronco Sport is based on the same architecture as the Ford Escape, it was apparent that it would share some pieces that would make them similar. Fortunately, for the sake of the architecture, the similarities stop. Ford took careful detail in developing the Bronco Sport in drivetrain and powertrain to make sure it can keep up and live up to its big brother in the full-size Bronco two-door and four-door. The all-new 2021 Bronco Sport will be available with two choices of engines, a standard engine that is the 1.5L 3-cylinder Ecoboost which produces a pretty remarkable 181 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 190 lb/ft of torque at 3,000 RPM which is the standard option in the base platform of the Bronco Sport.
We believe enthusiasts will opt for the 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder that puts out a whopping 245 horsepower at 5,500 RPM and 275 lb/ft of torque at 3,000 RPM which means it will aid the Bronco Sport getting through whatever mud, rocks, sand, snow, or dunes you can put it through. The great thing Ford integrated and especially came standard on the Badlands model, is the dual-clutch rear locking axle that gives it the off-road prowess of its big brother. We are very intrigued to see how the new "Baby Bronco will handle the outdoors just as the full-size Bronco will conquer any mountain or trail it has thrown its way. Each Bronco Sport will be equipped with 8-speed automatic transmission, but when you opt for the 2.0L EcoBoost enthusiasts will receive an oil cooler and a manual shifting option with paddle shifters for a visceral and driver-focused experience.
Bronco Sport Interior & Technology
The Bronco Sport features a very sophisticated and practical interior that will allow any enthusiasts to feel utterly comfortable while attacking the various terrains across the United States. Starting with the driver's seat, you can tell Bronco engineers were focused on giving enthusiasts a driver-centric cockpit that would put everything within fingertips to control this wild horse. Like it's Escape sibling, the Bronco Sport has a full-color LCD screen right in the gauge cluster that displays all the necessary information such as steering angle, water temperature, descent angle. It notifies you what G.O.A.T mode you are in for whatever terrain you are tackling.
Moving over to the center console, you will find a full color 8 inch LCD infotainment screen that commands presence right upfront. One neat feature shared with its big brother is the splash screen that shows you the bucking bronco emblem on what you're saddling into the Bronco Sport. This infotainment system integrates Ford's latest Sync 4 system, which is the latest to incorporate features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Terrain Maps, and FordPass Performance. All of these will help the adventure get the guidance they need to conquer the wild at a moment's notice. Flowing into the center console, you will find the dial shifter along with the dial for all the Go Over Any Terrain modes that will allow the Bronco to beat any terrain out there.
Finally, you will find a plush and spacious interior that will allow you to fit two full-size mountain bikes, hiking gear, rock climbing equipment, and efficient cargo management to keep track of all the gear you need to conquer your next adventure you have planned. Every Bronco Sport interior will have options to customize the interior to the specifications based on the trim model and options chosen. So it seams Ford interior designers were aiming for no two to be alike out on the road or the trailhead!
Bronco Sport Accessories
One prominent feature on the Bronco Sport over its Jeep and Land Rover Competition is the ability to have "Built Wild" capability ultimately. Ford wanted this to be the Bronco that bridges the gap between city life and getting out to the wild where people genuinely discover themselves. We are so glad to hear Ford will offer over 100 accessories that will include rooftop temps, roof racks, cargo management system for the trunk, foldable table, and a bike rack system that will allow you to fit two full-size mountain bikes inside with the seats folded down. It is truly incredible the revelation that Ford took as much time as they put this much innovation and thought process to knock it out of the park altogether.
Like its big brother, the Bronco Sport will receive a host of upgradable accessories including lightbars, rock rails, and skid plates to give you all the tools you need to find out what "Built Wild" truly means in the American outback, trailhead, and tundra. Steeda is very much looking forward to making our mark into the Bronco Sports segment to help improve the aftermarket presence for this well rounded bucking Bronco. Stay tuned right here for all the latest updates in our lineup of future parts for Broncos' entire family!
Bronco Sport Options
Bronco Sport Spy Shots & More
For some time now, there has been so much speculation on what the “Mini Bronco” will be. Finally, after all this time those questions can come to a close because the very first leaked photos have been posted by our friends over at Bronco6G!
2021 Bronco Sport Exterior Styling
At first glance, the Bronco Sport immediately tells us that it will be the main competitor to the Jeep Renegade in the small-SUV market. Due to its size, design language, and stance. It is clear that it was the target for competition during its design process. One thing is for sure, Ford took their time and used design cues from the original “Mini Bronco.” Back in 1984-1990, Ford built the original small SUV to enter the American market with off-road capability, style, and sophistication.
The same language seems to be applied here with the 2021 Bronco Sport. What jumps out at us first from this side shot is the Bronco Sport has an unmistakable long hood, short wheelbase, and aggressive rear quarter panels that scream Bronco design. If you were to compare this to the 1984-1990 Bronco II the resemblance is almost identical!
From the front of the Bronco Sport, it seems to be designed to stand out from the crowd. Ford was keen on making sure that they didn’t mess up the comeback from one of America’s most iconic vehicles. Comparing both, the Bronco Sport seems to be much wider than the original Bronco II, has a much more pronounced grille, LED headlights with a DRL, front tow hooks, and a rounded front bumper cover to give the Bronco Sport a much better approach angle in off-road conditions. It seems to be that Ford still wants people to have some off-road capability just like the Bronco Sports big brother.
The rear of the Bronco Sport definitely has some serious attitude. Clearly this Ford wants everyone to know exactly what this is by adding large Bronco Sport badging front and center. Large taillights and broad quarter panels give it that muscle inspired look while still retaining classy design.
So, stay tuned to the Steeda website and social media channels for the latest information on the 2021 Bronco and Bronco Sport!
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