2021 Ford Bronco Everything You Need To Know

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Aaron Smith 

Automotive Journalist

July 16, 2020  at 1:08 PM

In the first quarter of 2021, the interwebs were filled with the leaked images of the upcoming Ford Bronco and it got everyone talking about the legendary nameplate and how it would disrupt the current market. Well, we are pretty close to finding out as Ford has promised a launch in July.

Undoubtedly so and for all the good reasons, the 2021 Ford Bronco is the most buzzed thing in the automotive ecosystem this year. Thanks to the re-birth of this icon with all its hereditary traits intact. Yes, the 2021 Ford Bronco will have a body-on-frame construction along with two and four-door body styles. With the two new off-road worthy Bronco's, Ford is also pushing forth its G.O.A.T or Go Over Any terrain formulae. The new Bronco will share its underpinnings from the new Ford Ranger along with Blue-oval's off-road expertise derived from the F-150 series.

2021 Ford Bronco Teaser Image: Front view shown

However, apart from the two Jeep Wrangler battling off-roaders, the 2021 Bronco family will also get a Bronco Sport SUV. The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport will possess the raw DNA of its two wilder siblings but in a more humble package. Thanks to the all-new unibody architecture of the new 2020 Escape underpinning the 2021 Bronco Sport. Interestingly, not as standalone products, but the 2021 Bronco range will be induced as a sub-brand under Ford's portfolio. Similar to that of the Mustang.

Pre-production image of the 2021 Bronco Family as shown by Ford

What may seem like a strong conviction towards a new off-road champ, the new sub-brand would also serve as a great marketing tool. Along with these, Ford is also pushing on a strong Bronco community with dedicated off-road adventure experiences and exchange of ideas. For this, Ford is expected to open four Off-Roadeo adventure playgrounds in four different parts of the States by 2021 along with an online Bronco Nation community. With the unveil inching closer, Ford has revealed significant insights and teasers of the 2021 Bronco, based on which we take a closer look at the upcoming beast. Once unveiled, the new gangsta in the SUV town is expected to hit the stores in early 2021.

What is the release date of the 2021 Ford Bronco?

Updating its earlier announcement, Ford has recently announced that the 2021 Ford Bronco would be unveiled on 13th of July. We will have to wait a few more days before all the speculations and rumors around the 2021 Bronco are cleared off. Ford had earlier scheduled the global unveil of the Bronco on 9th July which was met with significant backlash. This was because of the fact that 9th July also happens to be the birth date of the infamous fottballer O.J.Simpson. As a result, Ford had to revise its schedule. 

How much would the 2021 Ford Bronco cost?

Final prices of the 2021 Ford Bronco are yet to be revealed but we do have some optimistic calculations. Since the upcoming Bronco wiuld straight-way get against the likes of Jeep Wrangler, the proces of both the monsters should be as competitive as their character. The prices of the 2021 Ford Bronco are most likely to start around $30,000.

What to expect from the 2021 Bronco's exterior design?

According to the leaked images, the upcoming 2021 Ford Bronco will take design cues from the original Bronco. It will carry forward the boxy body with an almost upright windshield. The window design also seems to have been carried forward from the original Bronco that had very squared and edgy windows. Other than that, other major design characteristics have also been carried forward.

2021 Ford Bronco leaked images

Starting from the front, the Bronco retains the famous squared off front grille flanked by two prominent headlamps. One of the biggest design element on the face of the vehicle is the massive Bronco badge on the grille. It takes the center stage and mimics a light bar going across the width of the vehicle.

Moving on to the side of the vehicle, the Bronco has a slab like side profile with almost no-existent creases or curves. This is something that is hardly seen in cars today. Even the SUVs have curvy design elements. However, the black fender flares give a ton of character to the Bronco and the blackened wheel design only adds to the character.

2021 Ford Bronco

There are very few pictures of the backside of the upcoming 2021 Ford Bronco, but what can been assumed from the limited data is a side-hinged tailgate. This goes to make the Bronco stand out from the crowd as most of the SUVs and Crossovers offer a top-hinged tailgate. This has been done mainly due to the spare wheel that has been placed on the gate itself. A side-mounted tailgate as its own benefits like not getting affected by the vertical clearance of a garage.

In the coming years or even months, Ford might introduce a 2-door version of the Bronco as well. This will appeal to the more off-road focused enthusiasts who want a more compact and capable vehicle. From the pictures, the 2-door model looks like something out of a Transformer movie with its tinted privacy glass and the short wheelbase. In addition to all of this, a toned-down Bronco Sport is also expected in the time to come. Many have dubbed the Bronco Sport as the "Baby Bronco".

2021 Ford Bronco: What the 2-door version could look like

What to expect under the hood of the 2021 Ford Bronco?

While Ford is yet to announce the exact configuration of the 2021 Bronco, it is speculated that the Bronco Sport will be powered by either a turbocharged 1.5L or 2L inline-4 motor. As for its elder brother, the 2.7 liter V6 is expected like the one found in the latest F-150 but heyy!! It's Ford and for all we know, we might get to see 5 different engine configurations with the 2021 Bronco.

Another powerplant speculated to be used in the 2021 Ford Bronco is the 2.3-liter Ecoboost which can be seen in the Ford Ranger and since the Bronco itself is based on the Ranger, the chances are pretty high. This engine in the Ranger puts out 270 American horses and 310 lb-ft of torque. This number might even get a bump by changing the state of tune.

Ford Motor Company's 2.7 Liter Ecoboost V6

As for the transmission, the duties can be given to either an 8-speed automatic unit found in the latest Explorer and the Edge. On the other hand, the GM-Ford developed 10-speed automatic unit can also be used. It is found in the F-150 including the Raptor as well. Talking about the Raptor, what if Ford decides to come up with a more capable and advanced Bronco Raptor. Now, that is something that will excite the off-road lovers.

What features to expect in the 2021 Ford Bronco?

All of us are really excited to find out what the 2021 Bronco will offer. People have been waiting for years to see what Ford will offer. There has been no announcement from Ford yet on what to expect from the Bronco in terms of features but based on the speculations and the competition, the Bronco is expected to feature equipment such as a 360-degree camera, rear-view camera, leather upholstery, heated and electronically adjustable front seats, ambient lighting, and multiple wheel options to choose from.

In addition to all of this, the 2021 Ford Bronco is also expected to feature a plethora of safety features both active and passive for both on-road and off-road. These might include Forward Collision Warning System, Auto Emergency Braking, Stability Control, and much more.

2021 Ford Bronco's speculated infotainment screen

As for the infotainment screen, leaked pictures show it to be an 11 or 12-inch unit. With is shape and design, it cannot be traced to any other Ford vehicle however, it seems to have some similarities with the new F-150. Finer details are still not available but it is expected to have both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrated. We wouldn't be surprised if the Bronco even comes with the wireless version of these interfaces. In addition to this, a wireless charging pad and other relatively smaller things such as USB-C connectivity and 4G hotspot functionality are also expected. 

Is it worth waiting for the 2021 Ford Bronco?

It's no mystery that the moden day SUV and Crossover segment has undertaken a very diverse road. As a result, there are not many SUVs left today that can take you to Cape verde with ease. Let alone the likes of Toyota Land Cruiser and Range Rover. However, its the Jeep Wrangler and Land Rover Defender which present the epitome of off-road skiil and muscle. Thata the exact league which the 2021 Ford Bronco would pierce in. While the Wrangler and Defender ahve theior proven track-record, the Bronco is no different. An icon of the 60’s, reborn with probably bette tech and gizmos alongside Ford’s energetic promise and its off-roading expertis esourced from the reknowned F-150 and the notorios Raptor. Well, thats enough ingredient to make the 2021 Ford Bronco a delightful recipe to wait for. 

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What will the 2021 Ford Bronco look like?

Inspired by built like its previous generations, the 2021 Ford Bronco will carry the familiar ruggeed looks of a body-on-frame SUV. The new Bronco will have a form and shape somewhat similar to the Jeep Wrangler with an upright hood, classic round headlamps, straight body-lines and shorter overhangs.

When can you buy a 2021 Ford Bronco?

You can only own and drive a Ford Bronco once it hits the stores, somewhere in the beginning of 2021. However, once its unveiled on 13th July, you can reserve your Bronco with a marginal amount of $100.

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