Ford blends tech in the Bronco 2021 (part 2)

Bronco Sport

The Bronco Sport is a slightly different verson with the aim to be able to go everywhere and do everything family truckster. It offers much same off-road capability in a smaller package with two EcoBoost engines for customers to choose from, including a 1.5-liter engine with a targeted 181 horsepower and 190 lb.-ft. of torque and a 2.0-liter  engine that produces 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. Both of these engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Sport also has a safari-style roof with enough space to put two bikes in the back and has the flip-up liftgate glass, a convenient detail that lets users quickly throw gear into the vehicle. The five trims levels are base, Outer Banks, Big Bend, Badlands and First Edition, and have starting prices ranging from $28,155 all the way to $39,995.

Digging deeper into the series of Bronco, a few themes emerge, particularly with the Bronco 2 and Bronco 4, they are meant to remind us of the original, at the same time pushing forward to the future. They are designed to be rugged and institute modern human-centered functional design and embracing technology in some key areas.

Ford Bronco vintage 2021 Bronco 2

While technologists may cast a bit of side eye at nostalgia, its power can’t be denied. As TechCrunch’s Matt Burns noted last week, Ford is going to use the old Bronco to sell the new Bronco, just like Nintendo uses past games to sell new games.

The 2021 Bronco 2 is clearly new, especially once you look inside. But glancing over the exterior it’s hard to miss inspirations from the original.

The Bronco 2 and Bronco 4 have short overhangs, square proportions, and a wide stance, all aspects making these vehicles primed for off-roading. They also harken back to the original design. From the side, you’ll notice distinct edges and flared fenders, again a nod to the first Bronco.