Ford Drops The 2021 Bronco 4x4 SUV
The 2021 Ford Bronco is undoubtedly the year’s most-hyped new car. It had been a quarter century since the last one debuted and talk of its return had bounced around in auto circles for the better part of a decade. And on Monday night, Ford finally took the wraps off the new 4x4. And while there’s a lot to live up to, the new Bronco did not disappoint.
This is what so many of us were hoping for when Land Rover reworked the Defender. A design that took everything you loved about the old models and put it through a more modern filter. That’s why I was so stoked to see this retain the flat grill and boxy body of the beloved first generation Broncos.
“That squared-off design is one of the things that really cements it as a Bronco,” Ford’s David Pericak told Esquire. “It’s simplistic in many ways, but there’s interesting details when you really look at it.”
And it’s not just cool looking ... Car and Driver calls it “every bit like the Jeep Wrangler’s worst nightmare,” thanks to a laundry list of serious off-road goodies. The new Bronco comes with a choice of two engines, both EcoBoost turbos. There’s a desirable Sasquatch off-road package and over 200 factory-backed accessories.
And what seemed to get the most chatter online: a seven-speed stick-shift option—the only manual in Ford’s U.S. lineup that’s not found in a Mustang.
And to think ... it was almost never made. Turns out, a small group of Ford employees worked on the project in secret, and without any boss’s approval. They sketched in secret and modeled a reborn Bronco that played on its ’60s heyday. Bloomberg has the story of how they eventually begged for space in factories while trying to convince management that there was still life left in the brand. Boy, were they right.
Ready to put down $100 to reserve a Bronco? You can do it now and be among the first to get behind the wheel in the Spring.