The reveal of the new Ford Bronco!
Ford really isn’t messing around. After a 24-year break, the Bronco is back, and it wants for nothing more than to bludgeon the Jeep Wrangler into a muddy submission. And on the strength of its spec, looks and price, it could well do just that.
It is going to be available in two door or four door version.
Two-door Broncos get a roof that can be removed in three sections, while four-door models have four removable sections and an optional soft-top. All Broncos get removable frameless doors, plus slights on the front wings that can also serve as tie-downs.
Naturally four-wheel drive is standard – base-spec cars get a “two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case”, while the “Advanced” system has a two-speed electromechanical transfer case for auto shifting between 2H and 4H.
As for engines, you get the choice of a four-cylinder with 270bhp and 310lb ft, or a 2.7-litre V6 with 310bhp and 400lb ft. Both turbocharged, both petrol, both with ten-speed automatic transmissions. Though the four-cylinder gets the option of a clever seven-speed manual – six regular ratios plus a crawler gear for the really serious stuff.
0-62mph? Top speed? Not important. We’ve got some more Bronco-y numbers for you – Ford promises 11.6-inches (295mm) of ground clearance, breakover and departure angles of 29 and 37.2 degrees and a 33.5-inch (851mm) wading depth. Independent front suspension (an optional semi-active front stabiliser bar disconnects for better axle articulation) is backed-up with a five-link solid axle at the rear.
You can get 35-inch tyres and beadlock wheels , plus heaps more serious off-road tech like long-travel, position-sensitive Bilstein dampers and Spicer electronic locking differentials. High-spec Broncos get steel shields to protect the engine, transmission, transfer case and fuel tank from harm, and you can have heavy-duty steel bumpers with space for an integrated winch, plus “rock rails” strong enough to support the 4×4’s entire weight.
There are up to seven drive modes – including Sand/Baja, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl. ”Trail Control” is effectively low-speed cruise control, while “Trail Turn Assist” uses torque vectoring to tighten the Bronco’s turning radius by overspeeding the outside wheel. Meanwhile the sat-nav gives access to topographical trail maps.
That’s it for the tech (there’s lots more we haven’t mentioned…), now onto the design. Unsurprisingly Ford has gone down the retro-route. Indeed, design work started with a 3D scan of the first-gen Bronco “that served to influence the proportions and design” of the new one. We think it looks superb.
Old vs New Ford Bronco
Sources: Top Gear, Google Images, Pinterest!