2021 Ford Bronco Returns To Challenge The Jeep Wrangler
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2021 Ford Bronco Returns To Challenge The Jeep Wrangler

The Ford Bronco is back once again after a long hiatus and it's here to challenge the Jeep Wrangler for off-road supremacy.

Name an iconic Ford model and the Mustang would probably be the first come to mind. However, did you know that there’s an equally iconic Ford model that has never been sold here in the Philippines? That would be the Ford Bronco, which for the first time in its history, is now available as a four-door variant. The all-new Ford Bronco will be available in two flavors: Bronco and Bronco Sport. For this article, we’ll be talking about the Ford Bronco.

With a ground clearance of 294 mm and best-in-class water wading depth of 851 mm, the body-on-frame Ford Bronco can certainly go anywhere it wants. It also has a breakover angle of 29 degrees and a departure angle of 37.2 degrees. However, these off-roading figures only apply if the customer opted for the optional 35-inch tires.

In order to challenge the Jeep Wrangler for off-road supremacy, the Ford Bronco has removable doors, though these have a first-in-class frameless design. Once the windows have been lowered down, the doors have a much shorter height compared to the Wrangler’s framed doors. This makes it a lot easier to store, which is why Ford is offering special protective bags if you want to remove the doors during your adventure.

Two-door models of the Ford Bronco will feature a three-section hardtop, while four-door variants feature four removable soft-top sections as standard. The four-door version can also be optioned with a hardtop. Ford says that the roof panels can easily be removed by one person just by unlatching the roof panels.

As for the interior of the Ford Bronco, it features a weatherproof design for worry-free adventures. Despite the utilitarian interior, it still features plenty of modern technology such as Ford’s latest SYNC4 with a large 12-inch touch screen on higher variants (lower variants use an 8-inch display). Ford has also fitted the Bronco’s interior with an ingenious rack on top of the dashboard as a place to mount smartphones and action cameras.

Two turbocharged EcoBoost engine options and two 4×4 systems are available for the Bronco. The base engine is a 2.3-liter inline-4 that produces 270 hp and 420 Nm of torque. There’s a bigger, more powerful 2.7-liter V6 with 310 hp and 542 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 7-speed manual with a crawler gear on the base 2.3-liter engine, while a 10-speed automatic is optional on the 2.3-liter and standard on the 2.7-liter. As for the two 4×4 systems, the base configuration features a two-speed electronic transfer case while the optional 4×4 system comes with a two-speed electromechanical transfer case with an automatic on-demand 4H system.

The Ford Bronco is also the first Ford model to feature a “Trail Toolbox.” These are a set of technologies that includes Trail Control–which is basically a low-speed cruise control for off-roading, Trail Turn Assist–which helps the vehicle have a smaller turning radius through the help of torque vectoring, and Trail One-Pedal Drive–which helps the driver with one-pedal driving during rock crawling.

The Ford Bronco will go on sale in spring 2021 with a starting price of US$29,995.

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