The Ford brand is undergoing a major transformation as the automaker shifts away from most car models to an assortment of crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks.
Among the models on the way is the 2021 Ford Bronco, itself based on the same architecture supporting the Ford Ranger. Along with an unnamed and even smaller crossover model and one likely based on the Ford Focus, customers will soon find showrooms peppered with new and revived nameplates. Most information has not been announced about the 2021 Bronco, we’ve cobbled together information from our sources to present the latest details about this model.
The 2021 Bronco will share its platform with the Ranger as well as with the Everest, which is a model marketed internationally. Ford’s target model is the Jeep Wrangler, therefore we expect the Bronco’s layout to resemble that of its dominant rival. Further, its boxy shape will be the only thing that resembles the 2004 Bronco, a long-ago dream concept, but never delivered production model.
It is reasonable to expect the Ford Bronco will get the Ranger turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine along with a 10-speed automatic transmission. What we’re also hearing is that some sort of hybrid powertrain will be available. This option will not only help with efficiency but with the low-end torque maneuverability off-roaders prize. The Jeep Wrangler will also offer a hybrid model and we expect the Bronco to serve up four-wheel drive only, just like its rival.
Ford hasn’t confirmed it, but there is a distinct possibility the 2021 Bronco will have solid axles, which provides superior articulation off-road. Further, Dana Axles, the supplier for the Jeep Wrangler, is the likely source for the Bronco’s axles.
Lastly, the new Ford Bronco will be built in the U.S., at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. That plant manufactured the earlier Bronco and builds the Ranger.
As for the model expected to slot below the Bronco and bearing the “Bronco Sport” name, the new model will take on the subcompact Jeep Renegade. However, unlike the body-on-frame design of the Bronco, the Bronco Sport will be based on the Focus, therefore it will deliver a more car-like ride on the road while supplying off-road capabilities few small crossovers dare to match.