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2021 Bronco: Built Wild

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The all-new Bronco family includes two- and four-door models. PHOTO Ford

Ford’s new SUV was built for outdoor adventures and off-roading fun.

The Bronco is back for 2021 in two exciting versions—the classic two-door model or a first-ever four-door model. Both versions, engineered to be true 4x4s, are “Built Wild” as Ford puts it, meaning they’re purpose-built for the great outdoors.

What makes the Bronco especially suitable for outdoor adventures is the menu of features Ford packed into the modern version of this icon, including 35-inch tires, a 94.75:1 crawl ratio, 11.6-inch ground clearance, a water fording capability of 33.5 inches, as well as a 29-degree break over and a 37.2-degree departure angles.

In addition, the Bronco is well protected from the dangers of off-roading with strategically placed steel shields, including an available front bash plate, as well as shields for the entire engine, transmission, transfer case, and fuel tank.

Ford says the Bronco’s side rock rails are strong enough to support the weight of each side of the vehicle.

Sophisticated 4×4 technologies

Two 4×4 systems, base and advanced, will be on offer. The base system utilizes a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case, while the advanced system features a two-speed electromechanical transfer case that adds an auto mode for on-demand engagement to select between 2H and 4H.

Available with seven driver-selectable modes including Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Sand, Baja, Mud/Ruts, and Rock Crawl for off-road driving, the Bronco looks ready to tackle anything that may come its way.

New technologies will make off-roading easier than ever. This includes Trail Control, which is best described as cruise control for low-speed trail driving; Trail Turn Assist, which tightens off-road turning radiuses through torque vectoring; and Trail One-Pedal Drive, for better acceleration/braking control when the Bronco is slow-mode rock crawling.

Engines & transmissions

Engine options include a 2.7L EcoBoost V6, rated at 310 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, and a 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine rated at 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.

A 7-speed (6+1 crawler gear) manual transmission offers a 94.75:1 crawl ratio for maximum low-speed rock-climbing prowess, while the SelectShift 10-speed automatic offers a maximum 67.8:1 crawl ratio.

New technologies will make off-roading easier than ever. This includes Trail Control, which is best described as cruise control for low-speed trail driving; Trail Turn Assist, which tightens off-road turning radiuses through torque vectoring; and Trail One-Pedal Drive, for better acceleration/braking control when the Bronco is slow-mode rock crawling.

Interior amenities

Inside, the Bronco features a number of key technologies designed for off-roading. An 8- or 12-inch SYNC 4 system, which comes with over-the-air updates, also boasts an off-road navigation system that allows drivers to plan, navigate, and share their off-road adventures with others.

The SYNC system can also display a 360-degree camera view of the surroundings, making challenging pursuits, such as rock crawling, a lot safer.

Pricing for the Bronco starts at CDN $40,499, with production slated to begin in early 2021.

While the first models won’t arrive in dealerships until next spring, Ford is currently accepting reservations for the Bronco ($100 fee applies) at ford.ca/bronco.

Look for more information closer to the launch date.

 

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