To get rid of the mess quickly, the all-new Ford Bronco and Ford Bronco Sport are two completely different things. The former is a traditional body-on-frame SUV based on the Ranger Pickup Platform, and the latter tested by the Epoch Times is a unibody variant that shares the basis of escape.
But this does not rob the sport of anything. Sport is a utility-first crossover with standard four-wheel drive, useful features for an active lifestyle, and adventurous beauty.
“Bronco Sport has the toughness and smartness to help turn off-road beginners into 4X4 pros,” Ford Chief Product Development and Purchasing Director How Titan said in a press release. “Bronco Sports embraces the needs of outdoor enthusiasts, all designed and designed with weekend adventurers in mind.”
The vehicle is a serious headturner, especially in the throwback grayish blue “Area 51” paint color. Like its big brothers, Front Fascia boasts classic round headlights, a square body and a safari-style roof that reflects the original model.
In addition to offering a nostalgic aesthetic, the silhouette maximizes both passenger and cargo space – high enough to put two upright mountain bikes side by side. Pressing the button on the tailgate also unlocks the unique flip-out rear window, perfect for hanging a stand-up paddle board. Don’t worry if part of the beach breaks in. The rubber floor is washable so you can easily clean it later.
Bronco Sports is literally ready to take the occupants where they want to go. The GOAT (Goes Over Any Type of terrain) knob on the center console with the Ford Terrain Management System allows the driver to choose from a variety of modes to automatically adjust vehicle settings for slippery environments and sand. Can handle difficult environments.
In addition to adding some additional presets such as Mad / Rats and Rock Crawl, the tested Badlands Trim (+ $ 3,000) Epoch Times can deliver all rear axle torque to one wheel. It utilizes a more robust 4X4 system. Other enhancements include specially tuned front struts, a huge 46 mm diameter monotube rear shock, softer springs and anti-roll bars. All of these improve ride quality and provide better control during off-road.
The comfort of interior creatures will also be upgraded. Bangin’s 10-speaker B & O stereo delivers fidelity songs, an electric moon roof takes in plenty of light, and a wireless charging pad charges compatible smartphones without a plug. All Bronco Sportes are equipped with an 8-inch touch screen and SYNC3 infotainment.
Powered by a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine (base grade 1.5L EcoBoost) in Badlands, it delivers 245hp and 275lb-ft of torque. This nifty motor is combined with a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport starts at $ 32,199.
Benjamin Yong is a freelance writer from Vancouver, British Columbia and a member of the Canadian Automobile Journalists Association (AJAC). Follow him on Twitter @ b_yong.