The new Ford Bronco is here, joining the likes of the Mercedes G-Class, Land Rover Defender, and Jeep Wrangler. While the Bronco may be unfamiliar to us, it is nearly as legendary as the Defender in the United States. Today, Ford unveils the next generation of this iconic model.
The new Bronco pays homage to its predecessor while seamlessly integrating modern features. It is available in both two-door and four-door configurations, and it can even remove its doors, roof, and windshield, thanks to its Ranger pickup truck chassis.
7 or 10 Gears
The Bronco offers two turbocharged engine options. The base version features a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, derived from the Mustang and Focus RS, though detuned to produce 270 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque. It comes equipped with a seven-speed manual gearbox (from Getrag), featuring an extra-short first gear for off-road use. Additionally, an optional crawler gear is available.
For those who prefer automatic transmissions, there is a ten-speed option (also available with the crawler gear). This transmission comes as standard on the second engine choice: a 2.7-liter V6 producing 310 horsepower and 540 Nm of torque. The Bronco is a true off-road vehicle capable of wading through 84 centimeters of water! Its ground clearance ranges from 21 to 29.5 centimeters, depending on the tires. Notably, it also boasts impressive approach and departure angles.
In addition to the electronically-locking front and rear differentials, the sway bars can be disconnected to enhance off-road performance. Ford has also included a fun feature called “Trail Turn Assist.” On low-traction surfaces, the vehicle can execute extremely tight turns by significantly slowing down the inner rear wheel using the brakes.
Alongside the Bronco, Ford has introduced the Bronco Sport. With a slightly more elegant appearance, it is also slightly more compact. Only available as a five-door version, it shares the same length as the three-door Bronco. The Bronco Sport is a monocoque SUV with independent suspension, making it a direct competitor to the Jeep Cherokee and Land Rover Discovery Sport. Due to its lighter weight, it features smaller engines. The base version is equipped with a three-cylinder EcoBoost 1.5-liter engine, delivering 181 horsepower and 257 Nm of torque. For more power, there is an option for a four-cylinder EcoBoost 2.0-liter engine, producing 245 horsepower and 370 Nm of torque.
Both engines are transversely mounted and power all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. While the Bronco Sport leans more towards the SUV side than being a pure off-roader, Ford assures us that it is still capable in challenging terrains. The transmission cooling system has received special attention. Lastly, for camping enthusiasts, the Bronco Sport can be equipped with a roof tent, and the tailgate comes with a built-in bottle opener!
Not Available in Europe
Interested in the Bronco or Bronco Sport? You’ll have to visit the United States or Canada. Currently, Ford has no plans to export these models to Europe.