2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport Finally Spotted In All Their Glory
The SUVs are finally seen in the metal, each will cater to different target audiencesby Sidd Dhimaan, on
The cat is finally out of the box. Ford couldn’t keep the Bronco a secret like Tesla did with the Cybertruck, but we aren’t complaining one bit. First up, it was the Baby Bronco aka Bronco Sport that was leaked. As seen in the photos, it is now official that the small SUV is named Bronco Sport. Even the full-sized Bronco’s photos were leaked online as it was spotted in both two-door and four-door avatars.
The Bronco Sport Looks More Sedate And Urban Than Its Larger Sibling
Well, it’s official. The Baby Bronco will be called the Bronco Sport. The photos of the Bronco Sport were leaked on BroncoSportForum.com.
From the looks of it, it matches the SUV shown at a private event and from the pictures, it looks to be the same as the one showcased at a Ford dealer’s meeting back in 2018.
The baby SUV is boxy, but doesn’t seem very rugged. It wears a pastel blue shade and looks very similar to the steel blue on the Rivian R1S.
The SUV features white Bronco lettering on the black grille with square headlights. The hood in the image is open and it is held by a manual strut instead of a pneumatic one. It’s hard to figure out, but there seems to be a little insulation under the hood as well.
This Jeep Renegade rival wears black plastic cladding at the bottom on all sides. This particular trim of the Bronco Sport comes in a dual-tone shade with all of the upper section finished in black. It even comes with roof rails and a small radio antenna at the back. The SUV also seems to ride on rather sedate tires considering its off-road stature. Is Ford trying to make it a compact SUV that has a tiny bias towards off-roading instead of turning it into a full-fledged off-roader?
The rear looks slightly bloated. There are indents on the tailgate and you can also see the “Bronco Sport” badging here in the middle.
The Blue Oval logo sits on the bottom-left side. It also doesn’t have a tailgate-mounted spare tire. There is a space to operate the tailgate and you can see the rear-facing camera placed right in the middle. There are two hinges on the rear windshield for lifting it to put stuff through the glass without opening the tailgate. The wiper here seems to be pretty small in size. Could it be extendable?
The Bronco Is A Big, Badass Off-Roader
Coming to the full-sized Bronco, it’s safe to say that it matches our expectations. These photos were posted to Juggernaut Facebook account.
The SUV looks old-school and absolutely drool-worthy. Both the two-door as well as the four-door Broncos were spotted.
The four-door Bronco features round headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights on the borders. The “BRONCO” lettering is placed on the black honeycomb grille, but there seems to be no Blue Oval logo. The bumper is a small unit and seems to have tow hooks as well. Combined with the high ride height, the Bronco should boast a good approach angle. The Bronco spied here looks to be in the factory and is seen with its hood open, too. There is no insulation here, so expect the sounds to creep into the cabin to give you the off-road vibes.
The side profile looks absolutely intimidating. The black wheels with white border rims are wrapped around big all-terrain tires. 35-inch rollers, perhaps?
The flared, curved wheel arches are made of black plastic and will also avoid splashes from the wheels to come onto the body. If you notice carefully, the wing mirrors are placed on the edge of the hood and not on the A-pillars or doors. This more or less confirms that the Bronco will come with removable doors and roof panels. On this model, the doors seem to be fixed, but a hinge is seen on the roof which could be there to remove the top.
Will The Four-Door Bronco Come With A Tailgate-Mounted Spare Tire?
At the rear, you can see that the tailgate is a swing door unlike the Bronco Sport’s that opens upwards. Need more proof that the roof will be removable? A vertically placed handle is also seen on the tailgate. Surprisingly, you can’t spot a spare tire here. The taillights will most likely be a straight-forward, functional set without any real funky design to them.
As for the two-door Bronco, you can see a similar setup – boxy looks, big wheels and tires, black plastic cladding, and wing mirrors placed on the edge of the hood. The rear glass on the side profile can’t be rolled down, but it may be a butterfly window setup where it can be opened slightly outwards to let the air come in. You can also see a little bit of the spare tire.
What Do We Know About The Bronco Until Now?
- Ford Authority stated that “sources familiar with this project” said the Bronco will come with the 2.7-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-6 EcoBoost mill under the hood
- It will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission
- In the F-150, the engine makes 325 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque, but the Bronco could receive higher power figures
- A seven-speed manual transmission by Getrag is also in the reckoning
- Since it is based on the Ford Ranger, the 2.3-liter, EcoBoost mill which makes 270 horses and 310 pound-feet of torque could find its way in here as well
- This mill would compete against the Jeep Wrangler’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine that develops 270 horses and 295 pound-feet
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From the looks of it, the Bronco Sport will be more tarmac-friendly than its larger sibling. It seems to be an urban compact SUV that can be taken off-road; not the other way around. The Bronco, on the other hand, looks like a proper off-roader with those big wheels, small bumpers, and the overall rugged looks. So, it is safe to say that other than the “Bronco” moniker commonality, the two SUVs are poles apart.
We are yet to see what the interior on both Broncos looks like, but considering they are Ford products, it’s ought to have a good fit and finish with a lot of creature comforts. Ford had filed for a patent that shows a latch system and seems to be a lot simpler than the Jeep Wrangler’s and we can’t wait to see how it works here. Perhaps, a lot of our questions and doubts will be answered once the Bronco will be launched.
The Bronco is expected to debut sometime this month, whereas the Bronco Sport will make its debut at the New York Auto Show in April, most likely.
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