The Ford Bronco left the market following the 1996 model year after years of slowly getting larger and heavier but never losing its off-road focus. In 2021, the Bronco will return as a back-to-its-roots small SUV with legit off-road chops. Along with the Bronco will come the smaller but still plenty capable 2021 Ford Bronco Sport.
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport will take many of the iconic styling cues the standard Bronco borrowed from the first-gen model, including the upright stance, flat grille, round headlights, and squared-off shoulders. The key difference between the Bronco and Bronco Sport will be the Sport’s smaller platform, slightly softer body lines, and fixed roof.
Inside, the 2021 Bronco Sport will ditch its larger sibling’s classic styling and opt for a more modern cabin that will include more shapes and angles, a dash-top infotainment touchscreen, and more. In the cargo area, the Bronco Sport will boast enough room to accommodate two standing 27.5-inch mountain bikes with its optional bike rack added. This cabin will be loaded with standard features and tech, including an 8-inch touchscreen SYNC 3 infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Alexa, SiriusXM, washable rubber flooring, cloth seats, silicone-sealed switches, and more.
Under its hood, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport will boast a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. In the higher trim levels — the Badlands and First Edition — the 2021 Bronco will gain a 2.0-liter turbo engine with 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will mate with an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive with a twin-clutch rear-drive unit.
Helping it maintain the Bronco’s legendary off-road prowess will be its standard 28.5-inch all-terrain tires, differential lock, Terrain Management System with Rock and Crawl modes, specialized off-road shocks on Badlands and First Edition models, low-speed trail cruise control, steel bash plates, and 23.6 inches of water fording.
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport won’t forget about safety, as it’ll come standard with the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of advanced driver-assist technologies. This will include standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and more.