There are two engines available for the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, which means you can get the right amount of power for whatever you need. No matter which engine you choose, however, it comes with all-wheel drive standard, which makes any Bronco Sport a great option for going off-road or simply handling bad weather and rough terrain. The following horsepower and torque specs are currently projected estimates from Ford, which could potentially change, though we expect they will end up quite accurate.
Standard Engine on the 2021 Bronco
The standard engine on the Bronco Sport is a 1.5L EcoBoost I-3 engine that is expected to offer up to 181 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. This is a turbocharged engine that comes paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission for a smooth and responsive driving experience. At this time, there are no fuel economy specs or mileage estimates available, though the smaller size of this crossover should give it very impressive fuel efficiency.
The Bronco's Second Engine Offering
If you want more power than the standard engine, then there is a 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 available, which is also turbocharged for great overall performance. This engine is expected to deliver 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, which you can see is quite a boost in performance compared to the standard engine. You get an 8-speed automatic with this engine too, though it has SelectShift with paddle shifters, giving you more control over your driving experience, without the need for a manual transmission.
The off-road performance of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is undeniably impressive and is definitely one of the features that have us most excited for this all-new model. Simply looking at the baseline model, you get 4x4 standard, along with Ford’s terrain management system. This includes their new Goes Over Any Type of Terrain (GOAT) modes designed to let you easily select the conditions you are in for the best traction possible. Standard models include five modes for the GOAT system: sand, slippery, sport, eco, and normal.
The Ford Bronco Sport is Ready for Anything
If you go beyond the standard features and trim, however, then you can get even more amazing off-road performance and functionality with the all-new Bronco Sport. This includes an available off-road suspension, which provides a better driving experience, and also enhances the ground clearance of the vehicle. Standard models have nearly 8 inches of ground clearance, while the Badlands trim with the off-road suspension has almost 9 inches of clearance. The Badlands also has more than 23 inches of water fording capability, letting you go truly anywhere the trail takes you. Plus, two additional GOAT modes are standard on the Badlands trim, mud and rock crawl, so you get even more advanced off-road performance.
Plenty of Options
There are four trim levels to choose from with the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, which means there is something for pretty much everyone in this lineup. Here is a quick look at what you can expect from each trim:
- Base – The standard trim for the all-new Bronco Sport features the 1.5L engine, all-wheel drive, and the terrain management system. It also has a standard instrument cluster with a 4-inch display, cloth seating, and a 6-speaker sound system. You get the Ford Co-Pilot360 safety package standard on every model, which includes a lane keeping system.
- Big Bend – If you want some enhanced features and more available options, then consider the Big Bend trim. This model has a rubberized cargo floor and zipper pockets in the front-seat backs for additional storage, plus push-button start. Available options on the Big Bend include a power moonroof and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
- Outer Banks – The Outer Banks is your best choice if you want exceptional luxury and comfort while taking the road less traveled. This trim features an improved, 6-inch LCD driver display, ambient interior lighting, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. You also get a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-trimmed and heated front seats, and an available 10-speaker B&O sound system.
- Badlands – If ultimate off-road performance is your main concern, then the Badlands trim is the way to go. This trim features the more-powerful 2.0L engine, plus an advanced 4x4 system with a twin-clutch rear drive unit for improved rear-wheel torque in rough conditions. You also get an enhanced terrain management system, with two additional terrain modes on the Badlands trim.
It can be easy to get swept up in all of the impressive off-road performance and great trims available for the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, and with good reason. Whether you are going off-road or simply driving across town, however, safety must never be overlooked. While we do not yet have all of the details on the safety features that will be available on the all-new Bronco Sport, what we do know so far is truly impressive.
Standard and Available Safety Features
Every model of the Bronco Sport will come with the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of safety features standard, even the Base trim. This includes some of the most impressive safety technology available, including pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking and a lane-keeping system. These safety technologies can help you avoid collisions by applying the brakes for you if a potential crash is detected, as well as by helping you stay in your lane while driving.
The Ford Co-Pilot360 package also includes a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, which helps warn you when a vehicle is in your blind spot, and also helps detect vehicles passing behind you. You get auto high-beam headlamps on every model, along with a rearview camera. Although a manual day/night rearview mirror is standard, an auto-dimming rearview mirror is available or standard on higher trims. The Bronco Sport also features numerous airbags, including a driver knee airbag, and other great safety features including AdvanceTrac with roll stability control and an SOS post-crash alert system in case of a collision.