2021 Ford Bronco: The Complete Overview
Last Updated: April 21, 2021
On August 11, 1965, Ford launched the Bronco on what would become the most adventurous vehicle ever to be produced to enter the wild. It would be America's first full size SUV that could G.O.A.T (Go Over Any Terrain). Inspired by the Willy’s Jeep that helped win World War II, the Bronco was unlike any other vehicle up until this point in time in American Automotive history. Ford knew that people were always itching to get our more to connect with nature, family, and the American landscape like never before. For thirty years, the Bronco dominated the SUV landscape to help Americans answer the call to the wild at a moment's notice. Then all of a sudden Ford stopped production to replace the wild pony with a more practical design in the Expedition.
After twenty-five years, the wait is finally over, Ford has just dropped a bombshell on the entire four-wheel drive and SUV market just like it did in 1965. The all-new Bronco is a testament to Ford's innovative and prowess in American design, engineering, ingenuity to create something that is “Built Wild.” Unlike the past generation of Bronco, the newest addition to the wild stallions is unlike anything we have seen from the off-road market. Paying direct tribute to the original 1960s era Bronco, the all-new Bronco looks identical to the original in almost every sense of the word. Get our full scoop down below with all the details and specs to the newest wild stallion to enter the Ford stable right alongside its F-150 and Mustang siblings!
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2021 Bronco Video Overview
2021 Bronco Exterior
With an instant of looking at the all-new 2021 Bronco, it screams the original 1966 in every sense of the word. How might you ask? From the front, it has the distinctive circular headlamps that directly harken back to the original. Tying into this original Bronco theme is the square mesh grille with a distinct powerdome hood; broad, giving it the aggressive language you can only expect from the Bronco lineage. Looking more closely at the front, you can see it has distinctive accessories on the front that allow you to tie down anything from kayaks, canoes, and any outdoor gear you might need.
The most important functional piece is going to be the front bumper. At glance, it is easy to tell that the Bronco has a winch-ready capable bumper that will allow you to get out of those muddy and sticky situations out on the trail. Furthermore, at every angle the Bronco has what it takes to continue the legacy of what Ford intended from the first generation. This vehicle screams “Bronco!” by the square-body design, fender flares, rear-tire carrier, high roof line and aggressive stance. Just like the original, you will be able to take the doors and roof off to have the most open air experience unlike anything before. Without the center beam in the roof of the Bronco, it wont obscure the open air experience you expect when adventuring to the unknown in America.
Glancing at the rear, the first thing we notice is that this wild stallion isn’t messing around. Unlike the Jeep Wrangler main competitor, it has a much wider stance and presence to any Bronco in history. When looking at it, it screams, “I am ready to conquer any American terrain no matter the elements thrown at me. I am going to muscle and horsepower my way through mud, sand, snow, gravel, water, rivers, and forests to get to the ultimate destination of freedom.” Needless to say it was well worth the twenty-five year wait to get the dream Bronco we always wanted from Ford!
2021 Bronco Powertrain
Following suit to the original 1966, the all-new Bronco will begin to feature to engine options in both EcoBoost forms. The small, but powerful 2.3L four-cylinder turbo which will pump out an incredible amount of power when needed most and the potent 2.7L V6 EcoBoost with 310 horsepower and 400 lb/ft of torque. Either engine will help you conquer any trailhead you can imagine and that is just the start! With a class exclusive 7-speed manual transmission with crawl gear that will allow you to maintain forward momentum without having to slip the clutch and stalling out in harsh terrain, while you have the option of getting the class leading 10-speed automatic transmission for fuel efficiency but precise torque deliver to both front and rear Dana 44 axles giving you the most grip possible.
If you think that is impressive, we're just getting started! The all-new Ford Bronco features some of the most unique powertrain technology ever put into a factory-built off-road SUV. Just like the many Baja and King of The Hammer trucks, the Bronco has electronic locking differentials both front and rear giving you the most traction possible while maintaining low gearing to maintain torque throughout the powerband. Think that's all? The new Bronco comes with an available hydraulic stabilizer bar which will automatically disconnect on the flip of a switch to give you maximum articulation when rock crawling, this will help you get out of the toughest situations.
Whether you're at the Rubicon Trail, Sierra Nevada Mountains or out in the Forests of the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, or the Rocky Mountains, the all-new Bronco has the form as well as the functionality in its powertrain to get the job anywhere. It ensures that you are able to conquer any American trailhead or terrain you’re heart desires to go.
2021 Bronco Suspension
When you think of the Bronco, you think of the suspension capability. It has to have this capability in order to conquer the challenging terrain that is all over the United States. For the first time ever, the Bronco will feature an independent front suspension that will allow for more high-speed desert running just like its Raptor cousin on the desert floor. This is where Bronco just gets started. It has the highest suspension travel of any of its competitors in its class, with a class leading HOSS System, (High Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension), this allows the Bronco to conquer any terrain with ease while keeping passengers comfortable going over rocky or bumpy terrain.
The HOSS systems features an industry-first Bilstein positioning sensing dampers, which is very similar to the trophy trucks that race at the Baja 1000, and the Ultra Four Trucks that are at the King of The Hammers in the Nevada desert. It helps the Bronco keep the long legacy of prowess of what Bronco has been known for over fifty-five years. Unlike the past generations of Bronco where you had springs and shocks in separate locations, the 2021 Bronco features a coilover design in the rear, Dana 44 locking differential allowing the Bronco to achieve the class leading suspension travel over its Wrangler competitor. Just as the Raptor has class leading ground clearance, so does the Bronco with over 11.5 inches of ground clearance which will aid in getting over the toughest rocks and obstacles. When the Wrangler thought it had the best departure and break over angles, think again... Bronco smashed the industry standards with the best in the segment by far!
It will be very interesting to see what the aftermarket and us at Steeda come up with to help the Bronco become even more off-road worthy than the factory with Steeda Bronco parts!
2021 Bronco Models
Unlike the original Bronco, the 2021 Bronco will feature two models that give a diversification to whatever lifestyle the adventurer seeks. In what everyone knows the Bronco to be a two-door, four seat, off-road SUV that you can tow, and go, this will be the halo Bronco that everyone and their fellow adventurer will be after. But, if your life is a little more adventurous and you need more room for the kids, Ford made a dream come true by introducing the very first Bronco with four doors and class leading leg, head, and cargo room to fit all your trail and camping gear for your next adventure.
Speaking of choices and options, the Bronco will feature a host of trim levels just as its sibling the F-150 and Mustang do. Starting with the Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outerbanks, BadLands, Wildtrak, and First Edition. The First Edition, will be an exclusive club of only 3,500 hundred models to feature exclusive options, colors, and equipment you won't be able to get on any other model. You can start reserving your all-new bronco right now at Ford's website only for $100, note they will not be available until Spring 2021. Team Steeda will update you with more information as it comes available to us!
The newest of the trim levels offered on the Bronco are the Raptor which features a completely new engine, suspension, and transmission that are unavailable in any other trim level, as well as the new Bronco Everglades. While the Raptor may feature completely new and unique options, the vehicle is not as readily in the market for many buyers as the most expensive model at over $71,000. The Everglades starts at under $55,000 and comes only with the 2.3-liter inline-four turbocharged engine. With features like a snorkel, front-mounted winch, squared fenders, and custom graphics. With testing showing the vehicle's trekking capability by driving through deep water and swamps, the Everglades is designed for the mudding and off-roading enthusiast
2021 Bronco History
2021 Bronco Interior & Technology
Climbing into the wild stallion, this interior is packed with materials, technology, and features that only a 21st century Bronco could bring to American trails. At first glance, you can notice that the seats are made with the highest attention to details along with the dash using leather with hand stitching. Comparing this interior to the original Bronco is like comparing it to a dinosaur, there is absolutely nothing you can take from the original Bronco here accept the Bronco badging.
With a class exclusive 12-inch head unit display featuring FordPass Performance, which will allow the adventurer the ability to have trail maps to wherever he or she desires most. You can store all your adventures right into the infotainment unit as well without ever having to remember where you went and won’t have to trace your trails back. Right in front of the driver. Taking the theme of technology through the cabin, the driver has a center mounted dash digital monitor which display articulation, breakover angles, and more to give the drive the most feedback possible while out on the trailhead.
Furthermore, the legacy of options from the original Bronco continues to trend all the way through the cabin, as did the original, the all-new Bronco will allow owners to take off the roof and doors to have the most open air experience possible allowing for an all-encompassing experience whether it would star-gazing watching the a sunset. The all-new Bronco has the features, legacy, and fun factor to let American discover what “Built Wild” actually means again throughout America’s wilderness and landscapes in style and comfort.
2021 Bronco Accessories & Steeda
For the first time ever, the Bronco will be available to be completely customizable from the factory with over 200 accessories and components to be had. This is impressive to say the least! Ford knows that the Bronco owner will want to tweak and modify their Bronco for their specific application, so why not offer accessories you can order right from the dealer floor? With everything from roof racks to winches, Ford Accessories will offer a slew of products to outfit your Bronco for the unknown.
Ford has since announced that the Bronco will be customizable for any situation it is wroking in to ensure that no two Broncos are the same. The Bronco's new modular design scheme allows customers to remove, add, and change body panels at their desire. The new Bronco's doors, fenders, roof, mirrors, and other parts are all removable depending on the needs of the owner. This allows the Bronco to be customized more than any other road-legal vehicle currently in production. With each part taking only minutes to remove or reinstall, the Bronco is ready for DIYers to customize theirs into the ideal setup for their use.
From observations, many companies have already begum manufacturing aftermarket parts for the Bronco months before the truck is actually available to customers. The Bronco is designed to be "future-proof" in the sense that with each panel beiing able to be changed out that customers will continue to update their Broncos as they age. The design will also allow builders to make a variety of off-road vehicles frorm the platform o both the 2-door and 4-door models. With the modular layout, parts can be easily 3D-printed for the truck and swapped onto the body, ensuring that the Bronco can always remain up-to-date on it's appearance over time.
On that same note, Steeda is happy to announce we will be supporting the 2021 Ford Bronco! Stay tuned for new parts, accessories and more from your Ford vehicle source - Steeda!
2021 Bronco Photos
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2021 Bronco Exterior Highlights
The return of the Bronco has been in the works for it seems to be well over a decade now. Years ago Ford teased us with a concept at the North American International Auto show. Enthusiasts were raving for it constantly. Finally, after all these years Ford is finally giving enthusiasts what they asked for! This image below seems to be the official 2021 Ford Bronco. In what could be at the Michigan assembly plant in Detroit where the Bronco is planned to be built.
At first glance, the 2021 Bronco looks to have no intention of messing around. From this front quarter angle, you can tell Ford was after a retro-inspired design that could be based on the first-generation Bronco while adding modern design influences. It’s a dead giveaway due to the circular headlamps which look to be LED with a DRL (day time running lamp) running into the grille, pronounced Bronco lettering in the grille just like the original, and an off-road inspired bumper which looks to have the capability to have a winch mounted front and center. Prominent fender flares mean that this Bronco could have some serious articulation. Something that is very noticeable is the large trailing arms going to the rear axle which could mean some incredible suspension from the factory as does its Raptor sibling.
It looks to have the possibility of Raptor inspired bead-lock wheels with either mud or all-terrain tires means that Ford is ready to take on the Jeep JL Wrangler Rubicon. Other styling cues we can make out are a removable soft top, swing-out rear door with tire carrier, and this picture shows a four-door version we are very excited to see.
This side image is absolutely amazing! The reason being is due to the rumors of a two-door version Bronco that has been circulating around. From this side shot, it seems those rumors are true and will pay homage to the original from the ‘60s. We suspect this image is in a Ford design and product development studio in Dearborn, Michigan.
What really jumps out to us besides the two-doors is the hardtop, unlike the four-door version above which sports a soft-top. What this could mean is there will be an option for either a hard or soft-top for both two and four-door Broncos.
The ride height and ground clearance look to be very off-road capable. This is something we were very worried about because of potential modifications to come. Just like the four-door picture above it sports current Raptor-style Beadlock wheels with all-terrain tires. Looking at the design profile with the hard-top, it seems to us that it will be removable due to the body lines and gaps with the bodywork.
A shorter wheelbase means that this new Bronco could potentially do wonders in rock-crawling situations out on the trail. Overall, we truly think that the return of the Bronco will be an absolute success to its predecessors. Only time will tell until we get official results from Ford on both the Bronco Sport and full-size Bronco. But for now, these images give us a tail tell sign that Ford really made strides to bring back the Bronco in the way it was intended.
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