Call it a throwback, old school or retro, but the Ford Bronco is back for 2021 with a combination of classic design features and cutting edge technology.
Off-road ready and “Ford Tough” the Bronco is available in several models with features to suit your lifestyle, budget and how you intend to use this legendary off-road vehicle. Select from The Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Badlands and WildTrak editions, each with its own personality. You may be able to find a limited First Edition. Depending on the model chosen, Standard, Mid, High and Lux packages may be available.
The Bronco comes in two and four-door models and while some may bemoan the fact that there is no V8 engine option, spirited V6 engines make up for the lack of the V8s and the availability of a standard transmission also serves as a consolation prize.
As a quick refresher, five generations of the Bronco were produced between 1966 and 1996. Ford has always claimed production stopped on the Bronco due to decreasing sales and its discontinuance had nothing to do with the infamous OJ Simpson chase. It is still challenging for some not to associate the Bronco with the football Hall-of-Famer.
Never-the-less, it is back after a 25-year absence and is an interesting blend of old and new.
Ford has kept the interior straightforward and simple yet brought it up-to-date with a 12” touchscreen and performance app. The interior is both durable and resistant to water.
It’s easy to get excited about the 2021 Bronco especially when looking at the sub-$30,000 starting price for the base 2-door. But desirable options and features and upgrading models can get more expensive quickly. Expect to add about $5,000 for each model upgrade with the special First Edition model costing about double of the base model’s $30,000 price tag.
As mentioned, a V8 in the 2021 Ford Bronco is not an option. The base engine is a 4-cylinder turbocharged 2.3 liter power plant that generates a satisfactory 300 hp. Off-roaders may want to opt for the V6 that produces 10% more power at 330 hp. Those choosing more power may also wish to consider the massive 35-inch mud terrain tires with deadlock capable wheels. This Bronco hasn’t forgotten its roots. Both of the two and four door models have a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.
Even the base model includes the Terrain Management System, 16” silver painted steel wheels with 30” tires, two front tow hooks and more. It only gets better from there.
Welcome back Bronco. Jeep Wrangler fans may have to start looking in their rearview mirrors for a bit. If not careful, they may be viewing the Bronco from their windshields.
This may mean a new chase scenario for the Bronco.