Ford blends tech in the Bronco 2021 (part 1)

The Bronco has officially come back after 24 years. Last Monday evening, Ford relaunched the 2021 Bronco in a splashy reveal streamed on ESPN, ABC, and National Geographic. Each short film showcases a different member of the family: the Bronco 2-door, Bronco 4-door, and Bronco Sport.

The 2021 Bronco is Ford’s flagship series of 4×4 vehicles, leaning heavily on nostalgia, functional design, customization, and technology, including the automaker’s next-generation infotainment system and a digital trail mapping feature that enables owners to plan, record, as well as share their experiences through an app.

However, Ford hasn’t released every detail on the three models. There’s still plenty here. Let’s unpack it and dig deeper into some important themes such as design, nostalgia, customization, and technology.

Bronco 2 and Bronco 4

Pre-production versions of the Bronco 2021 include Bronco two-door in Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat and Bronco four-door in Cactus Gray. Both two models have independent front suspension and a steel chassis with the aim of improving control. At the rear, the solid axle design consists of coil springs with five locating links that are used to provide control off road and strength. The vehicles come with two possible types of engines: a 2.7-liter V6 or 2.3-liter four cylinder available in 7-speed manual and 10-speed automatic transmissions. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine has torque of 400 lb.-ft. with an expected 310 horsepower, meanwhile the 2.3-liter four cylinder engine is planned to produce 310 lb.-ft. torque with 270 horsepower.

Ford provided Bronco with 11.6-inch ground clearance, a 37.2-degree departure angle and 29-degree breakover angle. It also features water fording capability of up to 33.5 inches. To keep safe, Ford designers added more protection and heft, such as modular steel bumpers with integrated winch mount. Some higher-end versions of the Bronco comes with steel shields in order to protect critical hardware, such as the engine, transfer case, transmission, and fuel tank.

Ford is also making 35-inch off-road tires that are available in every trim level on the Bronco 2 and Bronco 4.