The new Ford Bronco adventure SUV has been revealed with 3 body styles on offer. Meet the Bronco family below...
The Bronco nameplate has made its comeback and it comes to market with 3 derivatives on offer including a 2-door, a 4-door and as a smaller Bronco Sport SUV.
Jim Farley, Ford CEO said, “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. 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.”
The Bronco 2-door and Bronco 4-door feature frameless doors that can be easily removed. The doors can be stored in the load bin of the Bronco 4-door if need be. Owners will also be able to remove the roof of the Bronco where the Bronco 2-door features a removable hard-top roof while the 4-door variant comes with a soft-top that can be removed in 4 sections.
In terms of styling, Ford also offers customers the opportunity to customise their Bronco with different types of doors, modular steel bumpers (with winches), varying grille designs, roof racks, light bars and various fender flares.
The Bronco 2-door takes square aim at the Jeep Wrangler while the Bronco Sport will go to battle with the new Land Rover Defender.
Engines and Offroad Capability
The Bronco's doors and roof can be removed for an open-air offroading experience.
The Bronco is an adventure vehicle through-and-through and with a maximum ground clearance of 294 mm and a wading depth of 851 mm, it will pretty much go wherever you need it to go.
The Bronco 2-door and 4-door variants will be offered with 2 EcoBoost engines including a 2.7-litre V6 with 231 kW and 542 Nm and a 2.3-litre engine with 201 kW and 420 Nm. These engines can be paired with a 7-speed (6+1) manual transmission as well as a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The smaller, Kuga-based, Bronco Sport is offered with 2 engine choices including a 135 kW/257 Nm 1.5-litre 3-cylinder- or a 183 kW/372 Nm 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Ecoboost turbopetrol engine, both of which are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. However, 2.0-litre versions additionally feature steering wheel-mounted shift paddles and beefed-up cooling for the drivetrain.
The Bronco is hugely capable offroad and with no less than 7 G.O.A.T. driving modes, you can anywhere you please.
All Bronco Sport derivatives feature MacPherson-strut (front) and multi-link (rear) suspensions in combination with all-wheel drive, of which the Terrain Management System offers as many as 7 G.O.A.T. (Go Over Any Terrain) modes: Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Sand, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl.
For the Bronco 2-door and 4-door versions, there are two 4x4 systems to choose from including a base setup and an advanced 4x4 system. The base system features a 2-speed shift-on-the-fly transfer case while the advanced system has a 2-speed electromechanical transfer case with an auto mode for on-demand engagement to select between 2H and 4H. The Bronco is equipped with Dana 44 AdvanTek solid rear axle and an independent front Dana AdvanTek differential, both available with Spicer PerfromaTrak electronic locking differentials.
As you can expect, Ford also offers various packages and optional equipment to suit the particular application for the Bronco.
Interior and customisation
The Bronco's interior is highly customisable and SYNC4 is a technological highlight here.
The Bronco's interior is designed and built to withstand the rigours of life in the outdoors with hard-wearing materials used for this purpose. Grab handles are fitted in the instrument panel and centre console as are practical Molle hooks and mounting points for a device rack where you can mount your cell phone, navigation devices and so forth.
Furthermore, the Bronco’s interior is equipped with an 8-inch (12-inch is optional) SYNC4 touchscreen infotainment system (compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) as well as the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assist technologies. The suite incorporates pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian detection), forward-collision warning and dynamic brake support, blind-spot monitor with cross-traffic alert, a lane-keeping system, auto high-beam headlamps and a reverse-view camera.
Some Bronco derivatives can be equipped with washable rubberised floors with integrated drains as well as marine-grade vinyl upholstery. As for further customisation, 7 colour and trim combinations can be combined with 4 content packages to meet a customer needs with a total of 11 colour choices and over 200 available accessories.
Will the Bronco come to SA?
The new Bronco will go into production early in 2021 and while right-hand-drive production is unlikely, a recent report from Australia suggested that the F-150 full-sized pick-up and the Bronco might be offered in the IMG market, which includes Australia, New Zealand, India, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, the Middle East, Africa and ASEAN, in future. This development, however, may or may not materialise. For now, don’t expect to see the Bronco in South Africa anytime soon.