2021 Ford Bronco First Impressions: More Capable Than Expected?
Sometimes icons have to go away, only for them to be re-born, in order for the world to appreciate them again. Return of Ford Bronco after 25 years.
Sometimes icons have to go away, only for them to be re-born, in order for the world to appreciate them again. It’s been around 25 years since Ford offered a Bronco and now, its back! Pitted against the Jeep Wrangler, Ford has come guns blazing offering purposeful upright bodywork, big fender flares, and round headlights, with a touch of modern. The looks are retro but not blown to cartoonish proportions.
The Bronco Pickup is slated to be revealed in 2024 or 2025. Talking about the engines on offer, no 3.0L V6 will be powering the Pickup, unlike the SUV. This leaves the doors open to Ford’s 5.0L V8 but there’s no confirmation yet. But, like the SUV, the pickup will be available with a 7-speed Getrag stick shifter or a 10-speed automatic for the four-banger and 10-speed automatic for the 2.7L V6. If the V8 does make its way in the engine bay, it will be mated to a 10-speed automatic tranny.
Everything! Ford has resurrected the ‘Bronco’ badge for 2021 with its SUVs and will be using the name as a brand instead of a model. And so, there will be a 2-door SUV, a 4-door SUV, a Raptor and a Pickup. There’s an all-new platform that will be shared amongst all the Broncos and is said to be a very capable off-roader. The Bronco Pickup will be more of a lifestyle product than a commercial hauler. We also expect a smaller box and removable panels, just like the Jeep Gladiator.
What’s the performance like?
There will be 2 powertrains on offer, which we are confident of: the 2.3L turbo-4 and the 2.7L twin-turbo V6. The turbo-4 is good for putting out 270 horses and 310 lb-ft whereas the V6 is good for 310 horses and 400 lb-ft. The engine characteristic is smooth and the power delivery is very linear, making driving the Bronco a breeze around town. Pitched as an off-roader, we expect the Bronco Pickup to be as practical in the city too with the bed it will come with. And, driving without doors is a different experience altogether!
Taking the matters off-road, the Bronco Pickup will be equipped with Adaptive Terrain Management Technology with 7 driver modes – Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Sand with Baja, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl. With all this, there isn’t a place in this blue globe where you will not be able to take a Bronco!
Let’s factor in the frugality aspect as well. The Bronco shares some of its componentry with the Ranger and is very likely to return a similar fuel economy. So, the Bronco will then be good for an mpg figure of 21 in the city, 26 on the highway, and 23 combined out of its 18-gallon fuel tank.
The EPA has given us no estimates and hence, we’ll be treading on with some basic assumptions. Doing some calculations, we find that the range will be 378 miles in the city, 468 miles on the highway, and 414 miles combined.
What all trims will be on offer?
There is no information about the Bronco Pickup’s trim levels but we are assuming that the trim hierarchy will be similar to the SUV which means that the Pickup range will start at just below $30,000 for the Base trim. But, upgrading to the higher trims will get the price up quickly! The widely available range-topper ‘Wildtrak’ will be just over $50,000. There’s also a limited trim called the ‘First Edition’ retailing for nearly $60,000 but like with all special trims of iconic cars, they’re sold out! The prices for the Pickup are expected to be higher than that of the SUV. Talking of the features available, read along!
Trim Base Big Bend Black Diamond Outer Banks Badlands Wildtrak First Edition
MSRP (2-Door) $28500 $33385 $36050 $38995 $42095 $48875 $59305
MSRP (4-Door) $33200 $35880 $38545 $41450 $44590 $51370 $63500
Key Features Easy-to-remove doors and roof Adds to / Replaces with features of Standard Adds to / Replaces with features of Standard Adds to / Replaces with features of Standard Adds to / Replaces with features of Standard Adds to / Replaces with features of Standard Adds to / Replaces with features of Standard 16-inch Silver painted steel wheels Heated front seats Heavy-duty bash plates LED headlamps and taillamps 33-inch all-terrain tires Modular Shadow Black-painted hardtop Hood and Body Side graphics. The 2021 ford bronco interior is covers,Carpeted flooring 17-inch Carbonized Gray-painted aluminum wheels 17-inch Black painted steel wheels 18-inch black high gloss aluminum alloy wheels Unique Badlands suspension Trail Control Safari bar, SYNC 4 with 8-inch touchscreen Leather-wrapped steering wheel Marine-grade vinyl seats B&O Sound system Marine-grade vinyl interiors Wildtrak hood graphic Leather-trimmed seats with heating , Terrain Management System with 5 G.O.A.T Modes Terrain Management System with 6 G.O.A.T Modes Terrain Management System with 7 G.O.A.T Modes Terrain Management System with 7 G.O.A.T Modes with Rock Crawl Terrain Management System with 7 G.O.A.T Modes with Rock Crawl and Baja Sasquatch Package with 35-inch tires, Remote start 32-inch all-terrain tires Cloth seats with heated front row 10-way power driver’s seat, Privacy glass rear locking differential Powder-coated tube steps.
There’s a lot available with the Bronco but if you want to add more, the Bronco Pickup will come with a lot of package options. The prices are expecting to vary too but the exact pricing is unknown as of now. The various packages on offer will be:
• Standard Package
• Mild Package
• High Package
• Lux Package
• Sasquatch Package
How safe will the Bronco Pickup be?
Ford has been on the top of the safety game for quite some time now, providing all the safety features that will help keep the occupants safe. It has always made sure that its cars are equipped with all the latest offerings in terms of safety and the best driver-assistance technology one hopes for. The Ford Bronco Pickup will be carrying on the same tradition and hold Ford’s reputation for being the safest out there!
The Ford Bronco Pickup is equipped with a lot of active and passive safety technology which makes it indestructible, at least on paper. The actual prowess is yet to be put to its paces, which will be sometime in ’24 or ’25. Till then, we can wait for the crash test results of the Bronco SUV and speculate on the Pickup’s safety. Some of the notable safety features which the Bronco Pickup will come equipped with are:
• Emergency Braking Assist
• Ford BLIS (Blind Spot Information System)
• Lane Departure Warning System
• Lane Keep Assist
• Accident Avoidance System
• AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control)
• Trailer Sway Control
• Rear View Camera
• Auto High-Beam Headlamps
• SOS Post-Crash Alert System
• Ford Co-Pilot 360+
These, and all the future safety innovations that will hit the market until its launch!
Should you be going for one?
To be honest, it is too early to tell anything. Looking at the spec sheet of the Bronco SUV and how anticipated it is, we expect the Bronco Pickup to be a hit in the ‘Murican market as well! It will be based on a very off-road-focused SUV and we expect it to be a similarly equipped off-roader, with a bigger trunk (bed). The Bronco Pickup will tick all the boxes required to be a success and will surely win the hearts of many!