Apart from the body-on-frame Ford Bronco, the American automaker has also unveiled the Ford Bronco Sport. The two vehicles may share the same name, but the Bronco Sport is a completely separate model. The first-ever Ford Bronco Sport is a five-door unibody small crossover SUV that competes with the Jeep Renegade, Subaru XV, Mazda CX-30, Honda HR-V, just to name a few.
Measuring at 4,837 mm long, 1,796 mm wide, and between 1,783 – 1,890 mm tall, the Ford Bronco Sport sits in the upper end of the subcompact SUV segment. This subcompact SUV shares the same basic design as the body-on-frame Bronco but in a more family-friendly and practical package. The front fascia is characterized by the same “encapsulated cartridge grille” and circular headlights, along with some of the Bronco’s rugged styling. There are also front fender vents and a “safari” style roof wherein the rear half of the roof is taller than the front half. This gives the Bronco Sport more second-row headroom and cargo space.
The interior of the Ford Bronco is also as utilitarian as the exterior, though it features a lot of modern touches. There’s an 8-inch SYNC3 infotainment system sitting in the middle and an optional 6.5-inch multi-information display in between the analog gauges. Five trim levels are available: Base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, Badlands, and First Edition. Big Bend comes with easy-clean cloth seats, smart key with push-button start, rubberized cargo floor, and zippered backseat pockets with MOLLE straps. The Outer Banks is focused on luxury with its leather interior, heated and power-adjustable front seats, ambient lighting, remote start, and a 6.5-inch multi-information display in the instrument cluster.
Two turbocharged EcoBoost engines are available on the Bronco Sport. The base model comes with the 1.5-liter inline-3 engine that produces 181 hp and 257 Nm of torque. The Badlands and First Edition are equipped with the bigger 2.0-liter inline-4 version that produces 245 hp and 372 Nm of torque. An 8-speed automatic is standard, along with an AWD system featuring GOAT (Goes Over Any Terrain) modes, which include Normal, Eco, Sport, Slipper, and Sand. Just like the Bronco, the Bronco Sport also comes with Trail Control, which is basically a low-speed cruise control for off-roading.
Exclusive to the Badlands and First Edition is a more advanced 4×4 system with a first-in-class twin-clutch rear-drive unit and a differential lock. These two models also come with upgraded suspension with larger monotube rear shocks along with softer springs and anti-roll bars for better wheel articulation. Lastly, these two models also have underbody protection, additional Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl modes for the GOAT system, along with 28.5-inch all-terrain tires for the Badlands and 29-inch all-terrain tires for the First Edition.
As with many modern cars nowadays, the Ford Bronco Sport can be fitted with a variety of advanced driver-assist systems. Ford’s CoPilot360 includes automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, just to name a few.
The Ford Bronco Sport will go on sale later this year with a starting price of US$28,155, ahead of the body-on-frame Bronco, spring 2021 on-sale date.