The 2021 Ford Bronco: What’s in Store

April 17th, 2020 by

A 1969 Baja 1000 Bronco is racing the 2021 Ford Bronco prototype in the desert.

If you are anything like us, at DePaula Ford in Albany, NY, then you are already excited about the 2021 Ford Bronco and seeing everything that the return of this legendary vehicle has to offer. Whether you are a long-time fan of Ford SUVs or you’re simply drawn to that old familiar name, you’re probably wondering one thing: “When will we see the 2021 Ford Bronco for ourselves?” We would love to be able to give you a specific date; however, we still do not have an official release date for the Bronco. What we can say, though, is that we expect to have it for sale either late this year or early next year.

While we might not be able to tell you exactly when the Bronco will join the amazing lineup of Ford SUVs for sale, we do have some details we can share. It’s worth noting, however, that much of this information is still informed speculation, pending an official unveiling that should happen very soon. Let’s get into some of the exciting details.

Under the Hood

When looking to purchase an SUV, power is usually one of the most critical factors in decision making. Luckily, the 2021 Ford Bronco has just that with its different engine options.

In terms of power, we’ve heard that the 2021 Ford Bronco will likely come with a 2.3L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine as its standard option, which you can already get a feel for in the currently available Ford Ranger. It’s likely that a 2.7L Twin-Turbo V6 engine will also be available as an option if you want even more power in your Bronco, making it one of the most impressive Ford SUVs on the market.

We’ve also heard rumors, and it’s been all-but officially announced by Ford, that a hybrid powertrain is being worked on and will be available. It’s likely, however, that this will not be offered from the very start and won’t be available on the first models that roll out. Whether this will be added as part of a mid-year upgrade or if it will wait for a later model year for release is, however, still unknown. Either way, if you want a hybrid Ford Bronco, you’ll most likely have to wait a bit for it.

Rumors going around indicate that a 7-speed manual transmission will be available on the Bronco, though we don’t know if this will be standard or offered as an option. Given the auto market these days, it seems likely that an automatic will also be available on the Bronco. We expect the manual transmission, which is predicted to have a “crawler” gear for handling rough terrain and rocks, is going to be a big draw for anyone that likes to do some serious off-roading.

A Bold Design

The 2021 Ford Bronco is looking to be a true SUV, rather than a crossover, built on the all-new Ford Ranger truck platform. This defines some of its looks, giving it a reasonably large wheelbase and a powerful stance that makes an immediate impression. While Ford has not officially revealed the precise look of the Bronco, a number of spy photos have made their way to the public that show off just what it will look like.

Large fenders and a bold front grille leave no question about the power of the 2021 Bronco, and you cannot look at its design without seeing the strength it offers. It has circular LED lights that really stand out and additional LED lighting along the front fascia that looks fantastic. In particular, we have seen what is likely to be an off-road trim that features a solid front bumper, with large, off-road tires on beadlock-capable wheels that let you easily tackle just about anything you might encounter on a trail.

Overall, the new Bronco has a somewhat “boxy” look to it, with a squared-off design that is simultaneously strong and imposing. While it invariably shares some features with other models out there, it feels in many ways a bit more like a powerful Jeep than most other Ford SUVs on the road. Again, since the images we have seen are likely of an off-road trim, that is probably no accident, and the Bronco will undoubtedly be dominating trails in the coming years.

Great Features Throughout

Although we don’t yet have a lot of details on what features will be standard and available inside the 2021 Ford Bronco, we expect all of the latest and most exceptional options. That will no doubt include a large Infotainment display in the center console, as well as a relatively large digital driver cluster, the size of which we expect will depend on your choice of trim. Even though the Bronco may be mainly marketed as an off-road machine, there’s every reason to expect plenty of comfort and convenience options inside for optimal luxury.

Unlike most other Ford SUVs out there and most other SUVs on the market, the 2021 Bronco will not have a lifting rear gate but instead features a swinging rear tailgate. This will certainly be welcome by anyone that’s not a fan of the lifting rear hatch found on most other SUVs while still giving you plenty of access to any cargo you load up in the rear of the vehicle. We’ve also heard that the new Bronco will have removable doors, like you would expect on a Jeep rather than a Ford vehicle, making it a direct competitor to the popular Wrangler and Cherokee models out there.

A 2021 Ford Bronco prototype is in the desert at sunset with the headlights shining, which will be popular among Ford SUVs in Albany, NY, after its release.

Safe and Secure

While we do not have precise details on what safety features you can expect to see as standard and optional on the 2021 Ford Bronco, we can make some educated guesses based on other Ford SUVs. We expect a strong focus will be placed on safety, in order to compete with other SUVs on the road, since safety is such a significant selling point. Active safety features like front and rear park assist, blind-spot detection, and a lane departure warning are all likely to be available. The biggest question for many of us is which of these will be standard on all models, and which will be offered as available options.

Looking at something like the 2020 Ford Expedition, for example, we can see that it comes with Ford Co-Pilot360 standard on all models. This safety package includes pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, and a lane-keeping system. So we wouldn’t be surprised to see these features available as standard on all Bronco models, with perhaps even more included on the all-new Bronco.

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