The Ford Bronco’s life stretches way back to its days as an off-road-ready compact SUV in the mid-1960s through the late 1970s, but it then began getting larger as the decades wore on. The Bronco ended its run in 1996 as a large, two-door SUV based on the F-150. The Ford Bronco will return to its roots of the first-generation model when it arrives for the 2021 model year.
The 2021 Ford Bronco will take much of its styling from the first-generation model with its compact and upright body, round headlights, flat grille, rigid body lines, fender-mounted trail sights, and off-road-ready ride height. Unlike any Bronco before, which were all two-door models, the 2021 Bronco will be available as a two- or four-door model. It’ll also feature removable roof panels, rear quarter windows, and doors for an open-air experience. The four-door model will have the added option of a soft-top in place of the removable hardtop.
Inside, the 2021 Ford Bronco will continue to boast first-generation styling cues with its simple, upright dash. The simplicity stops in the design, as the 2021 Bronco will boast plenty of useful features, including easy-to-read LCD gauges, a bring-your-own-device rack, 8- and 12-inch SYNC 4 infotainment systems, available 360-degree camera, topographical trail maps with 1,000 curated trails, and more. The 2021 Bronco will show off its off-road character with its washable rubberized floor with drain holes, mildew-resistant marine-grade vinyl surfaces, silicone-sealed switches, and six available upfitter switches.
Under its rugged skin will be two potent, modern powertrains, including the standard 270-horsepower 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the optional 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 with 310 hp and 400 pound-feet of torque. These engines will pair with a standard, segment-exclusive seven-speed manual transmission or an optional 10-speed automatic transmission.
Mated to these powertrains are two four-wheel-drive systems. The basic standard system will use a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case. Opting for the advanced four-wheel-drive system adds a two-speed electromechanical transfer case with an auto mode for on-demand engagement of 2H and 4H.
Further enhancing its off-road prowess will be its seven drive modes, which include Slippery and Sand, with Baja, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl; the Terrain Management System with G.O.A.T. modes; low-speed cruise control for off-roading; Trail Turn Assist; one-pedal trail operation; 11.6 inches of ground clearance; 33.5-inch water-fording capability; best-in-class suspension travel; modular steel bumpers; and available winch.
Ford hasn’t mentioned any safety equipment for the 2021 Bronco, but we expect standard automatic emergency braking and plenty of other advanced safety options.