After a lot of speculations, leaks and teaser trailers, the all-new Ford Bronco has finally arrived. The old name is returning after a prolonged 24-year break. Although, in terms of styling, the new version is much closer to the original model of 1960s compared to the fifth-gen Bronco which was last produced in 1996.
Unlike the previous models, there’s a longer wheelbase four-door version to go along with the two-door. No matter which one you choose, there’s a strong focus on off-road toughness – both derivatives feature body-on-steel-frame-style construction, with solid rear axles. The Bronco doesn’t come with a solid front axle like the Jeep Wrangler, however – the front suspension is fully independent.
Ford Bronco Features
With this car, you get around 294mm of ground clearance due to the short overhangs, 29-degree and 37.2-degree breakover and departure angles and also the ability to ford water up to 850mm deep. The Wrangler, on the other hand, has 27.8 and 37-degree break-over and departure angles, 277mm of ground clearance and can wade in water up to 762mm deep.
35-inch all-terrain tires are on the options lists for all derivatives. Point to be noted is that it’s not all old-school off-road noise – there’s plenty of modern tech going on too. You can select seven driving modes to choose how the car behaves – Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand, Baja, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl. Along with those settings, the ‘Trail Toolbox’ suite of electronic trickery can be deployed to make adventure easier.
The ‘Trail Control’ system is best described as off-road cruise control, while ‘Trail Turn’ uses torque vectoring to tighten your off-road turning radius and facilitates smooth turns. There’s also ‘Trail One Pedal’ feature which makes acceleration and braking easier when rock crawling.
The four-wheel drive system uses a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case, but a two-speed electromechanical version is available.
Adding some icing on the cake, it’s also possible to leave a bunch of car’s body panels at home. The doors can be taken off, the rear quarter windows are detachable, and the roof – available as both hard or soft top – comes away in several panels.
Inside the very airy and free cabin is a heavy dashboard with either an eight or 12-inch Sync infotainment system. Using these, it’s now possible to access more than 1000 “curated trail maps,” which work both online and offline.
The engine line-up is fairly simple. There are options for either a 2.3-litre Ecoboost inline-four producing 266bhp and 310lb ft or a 2.7-litre Ecoboost V6 churning out 306bhp and 400lb ft. These can be paired with either a seven-speed manual (featuring a crawl gear) or a 10-speed automatic.