The 2021 Bronco's Unique Styling
The largest difference between the three variants of the 2021 Bronco is their basic construction. The Bronco Four-Door and Bronco Two-Door are both traditional body on frame vehicles that even make use of a solid rear axle for ultimate durability and performance while off-road. In contrast, the Bronco Sport uses unibody construction and multi-link suspension. But while the Bronco Sport may not have all of the performance of the Bronco Four-Door and Bronco Two-Door, that does not mean that it is merely another dressed up crossover SUV and there are few vehicles that can keep up with a Bronco Sport off-road.
The 2021 Bronco - Perfect for the Road Less Traveled
All three versions of the 2021 Ford Bronco come standard with a true four-wheel drive system that includes a two-speed transfer case for serious work. On the Bronco Sport, this system can be further upgraded with a twin-clutch rear differential that can shift power laterally to the wheel that needs it the most or even lock entirely to keep both wheels moving together. On the Bronco Two-Door and Bronco Four-Door, the four-wheel drive system has optional front and rear locking differentials for unbeatable traction in all terrains.
However, the most unique part of the Bronco powertrain is the standard seven-speed manual transmission. It is almost impossible to even find a normal manual transmission in a modern vehicle, but Ford went above and beyond by designing a brand new seven-speed unit purposely built for off-road driving. Rather than adding another high gear for highway fuel economy, the seventh gear in this transmission is actually an ultra-low gear. Marked “C” for “Crawl” on the shifter, this gear is behind the reverse lockout and is not used for normal driving. However, if you prefer to let a computer handle gear shifts so that you can keep your eyes on the trail and your hands on the wheel, then the Bronco Sport is available with an eight-speed automatic while the Bronco Two-Door and Bronco Four-Door can be had with a state of the art ten-speed automatic.
Plenty of Power to Go Around
When it comes to power, Ford has decided to offer a selection of its renowned EcoBoost turbocharged engines. The Bronco Sport offers the choice between a 1.5L turbo producing 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque or a 2.0L turbo with 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. The larger Bronco Two-Door and Bronco Four-Door, however, come with either a 2.3L turbo with 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque or a mighty 2.7L turbo generating 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. While the use of only turbocharged engines is somewhat unorthodox in off-road vehicles, it allows the 2021 Ford Bronco to offer exceptional power while keeping weight and fuel consumption low for superior performance and range.