The long wait is over as Ford unveils the 2021 Ford Bronco. All the excitement got Ford’s Bronco reservation site crashing shortly after its launch. There are six different trim levels with the addition of a limited First Edition, they all come in two- and four-door versions. We take a look at the different packages and each trim down to its details so there’s no confusion. Read on to also find out about the Sasquatch package that is said to add 35-inch mud tires, Bilstein dampers, high-clearance suspension and fender flares, and locking front and rear axles. Let’s see if the 2021 Bronco lives up to all the anticipation and hype.
Before we go into the different trims, it is much easier to know what each trim level has to offer by knowing the five available package options. The trim you select will determine which package you can get. The packages are:
- Standard – Within this package you get push-button start, LED headlights, manual air conditioning, black door handles, mirror caps, fender tie down-hooks and fender flares.
- Mid Package – You’ll get a whole host of driver assistance features (Ford CoPilot360 which includes Lane-Keeping System, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Auto High-Beam Lamps and BLIS with CrossTraffic Alert), two-door intelligent access with lock and unlock functionality, 110V/150W AC power outlet, illuminated visor windows, Remote Start System (for automatic transmission), subscription navigation with 3-month trial, an automatically dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone temperature, Reverse Sensing System, SYNC 4 with enhanced voice recognition and heated front seats.
- High: If you go for this package, you’ll have the hardware from the Mid Package plus wing mirror LED approach lights and spotlight, a 12-inch center touchscreen, a Forward Sensing System, a 360-degree camera and additional sound-deadening materials.
- Lux Package – aside from having the features from the High package, you’ll also get a voice-activated touchscreen navigation system, adaptive cruise control, a wireless charging pad, a Bang & Olufsen 10-speaker sound system with subwoofer, two extra front row charging ports, a heated steering wheel, Evasive Steering Assist and a universal garage-door opener.
- Sasquatch – This is the most talked about package with its offering of 35-inch mud-terrain tires, 17-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, high clearance fender flares, fancy shock absorbers, high clearance suspension, and electronic-locking front and rear axles. You do not have to spend more and get an upper trim to avail of this package as it is available on the Bronco’s base trim. But people are having a bit of an issue with the Sasquatch package. Ford has confirmed that it is only available for Broncos with 10-speed automatic transmission so that means if you want to go for the big feet, you’ll have to sacrifice the 7-speed transmission. But Ford has also said that they are considering making it available for models with the manual. You still have a chance to change Ford’s mind so if you’re displeased better let it be known online.
The Bronco is back and it’s returning strong with the base Bronco, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Wildtrak and its top-of-the-line Badlands plus a Limited Edition. Let’s start from the base trim…
Prices start at:
- Two-door – $29,995
- Four-door -$34,695
Ford remained faithful to the old Bronco’s styling but the 2021 base trim has plenty of modern touches to it. Its flat surfaces with clear-cut edges and square proportions definitely make the exterior tough-looking. The Base Bronco features a wide stance intensified by flared fenders that has a quick-release attachment making customization easier. You won’t find Ford’s signature Blue Oval on the front grille. Instead, you’ll find the “Bronco” name spelled out. The Bronco offers two- and four-door configurations and a 11.6-inch ground clearance. You can also opt for a set of 35-inch tires. The base trim comes in seven colors: Oxford White, silver, gray, blue, black and Rapid Red Metallic.
The two-door comes with a removable 3-section roof while four-door models have a 4-section roof. Four-door models come standard with a cloth roof and a hardtop is available for both configurations. The frameless doors can be detached and stored inside the vehicle along with the roof. On top of that, it has a set of cool cowl-mounted side mirrors to keep side-view visibility if the doors are removed.
The 2021 base Bronco has trail sights on the front fenders which make it look cooler and ready for the off-road. The fenders also function as tie-downs for stuff mounted on the roof. Each Bronco has a capacity of 150-pound for objects stacked on the roof.
The rugged theme of Bronco flows into its interior as well but it is also equipped with every modern piece of technology you would want in your vehicle. The entire surface of the interior can be wiped down. Marine-grade vinyl seats and rubberized floors that come with integrated drains are available in some trims.
The G.O.A.T (Go Over Any Terrain) and shift lever are found in the center console. MOLLE hooks mounted in the seatbacks, instrument panel and grab handles for the center console are optional. The 2021 Bronco LCD instrument panel got its inspiration from first-generation Bronco, having clear and concise controls and gauges. The center console and modular instrument panel provides built-in mounting points with 12-volt power for accessories like smartphones, cameras, and navigation units. A 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Sync4 capable over-the-air updates is optional. There is also a dedicated performance app off-road navigation which Ford is offering. It has over a thousand curated trail maps from across the country.
The Bronco was made for off-roading and Ford has given it the power to be off-road ready with its standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. You also have the option to go with a more powerful engine which is a 2.7-liter turbo V6 with 310 hp and 400 lb-ft torque. Other options are a 10-speed automatic, a seven-speed manual with low-range crawler-gear ratio of 94.75:1 which is perfect for rock crawling, an advanced 4×4 system for both body styles packed with a two-speed electromechanical transfer case.
Ford has also updated its Terrain Management System with several G.O.A.T Modes such as Rock Crawl, Slippery, Eco, Normal, Sporty, Sand, Mud and Baja.
Prices start at:
- Two-door: $34,880
- Four-door: $37,375
An Upgrade to Bronco Big Bend model gives you an additional G.O.A.T driving mode and it does not end there. You also get 17-inch gray-painted aluminum wheels which are wrapped in 255/75 all-terrain rubber tires, and upfront is a carbonized gray grille to complement the wheels and LED fog lamps. To add a bit of opulence to the cloth seats, you’ll get a leather-wrapped steering wheel plus a shifter along with privacy glass. Like the base trim, Big Bend is powered by the 2.3-liter engine. A 2.7-liter Ecoboost and a 10-speed auto is optional. The Big Bend also comes with additional color options to the seven colors of the base trims. You can have the Bronco in Race Red, Cactus Gray or in dark teal called Area 51.
Prices start at:
- Two-door – $37,545
- Four-door – $40,040
This middle trim model comes with more heavy-duty off-road hardware such as powder-coated steel rear bumper that comes with rock rails and bash plates underneath and a more robust front bumper. The Black Diamond offers an additional G.O.A.T driving mode totalling to seven, plus a 17-inch black-painted wheels wrapped in 265/70 all-terrain rubber. This trim model is also the first to have the overhead auxiliary switches as added accessories plus it has vinyl seats and rubberized, washable flooring. This trim also gives you the option of a 2.7-liter EcoBoost and 10-speed automatic. This trim level and the levels above it have an additional Cyber Orange Metallic to their color palette which makes the Big Bend having an option of 11 colors all in all.
Basically, all the optional features are identical to the Big Bend and these are: Sasquatch Package, Mid Package and V6 engine.
Prices start at:
- Two-door – $40,450
- Four-door – 42,945
This is considered a luxury-oriented trim which can be compared to the Jeep Wrangler Sahara. Though it only has six G.O.A.T. modes, it has heated front-row bucket seats, LED lighting, plus the Mid package, adding features such as Ford’s Co-Pilot360 active-safety features, dual-climate control and remote start. A 12.0-inch touchscreen is available as part of the High package on this trim model and up. A distinguishing feature of the Outer Banks is its fender flares, mirrors, body-color door handles,and powder-coated tube steps plus it sits on 18-inch wheels wrapped in 255/70 all-terrain rubber.
Optional packages include: Sasquatch Package, High Package, Lux Package and leather seats.
Prices starts at:
- Two-door – $50,730
- Four-door – $52,865
This trim is dubbed as the desert runner. Wildtrack also has the comfortable Mid package, but it also comes standard with the off-road oriented Sasquatch package adding 35-inch mud-terrain tires, Bilstein dampers, high-clearance suspensions and fender flares, locking front and rear axles and more. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost and 10-speed automatic, the advanced four-wheel-drive system with 3.06:1 ratio and 4H engagement come standard. On top of that, it gets seven G.O.A.T. driving modes with Baja mode for desert running plus heated cloth seats with carpeted flooring. The leather seats are also an available option. You can identify Wildtrak models with its signature Wildtrak-specific hood graphics and black hard top.
Optional Packages: leather seats, High Package and Lux Package
Price starts at:
- Two-door – $43,590
- Four-door – $46,085
Ford dubbed the Bronco Badlands as the most capable off-road Bronco, however much to the disappointment of many, it does not come standard with the Sasquatch package. You can compare it to the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. This trim model has an exclusive suspension with hydraulic front sway-bar disconnect. The Bronco Badlands is sitting on 17-inch gray-painted machined-face aluminum wheels mounted with thick 33-inch all terrain rubber. It gets an additional G.O.A.T. mode to the previous trim level model–Rock Crawl. On top of that, it also has vinyl seats with washable floors and upfitter switches. To make it more off-road ready, it has a heavy-duty front bumper and steel rear bumper.
A number of different packages are available: Mid Package, Sasquatch Package, High Package and Lux Package. Another optional feature you can include: Leather seats.
*No V6 engine option
Prices starts at:
- Two-door – $60,800
- Four-door – $64,995
Basically, the First Edition has all of the possible off-road features/capabilities coupled with all of the possible luxury features into one model which comes in a special styling package. Ford will only build 3500 of this Bronco and they have everything that comes standard on the top-of-the-line Badlands model with the addition of the badass Sasquatch package as standard. It also gets the Lux package adding features that include a wireless charging pad, adaptive cruise control, voice-activated touchscreen navigation and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. What sets it apart from other Broncos is its First Edition Hood and side graphics, a black hard top, a First Edition specific leather interior. This limited edition Bronco comes only in dark teal Area, Cactus Gray, Cyber Orange Metallic or Rapid Red. According to Ford, all 3500 of these have been reserved.
Brief Overview of the 2021 Bronco:
The 2021 Bronco stays true to the funky and retro style Bronco is known for but it still manages to really look like a vehicle of the 21st century. Its removable roof and doors are definitely reminiscent of a simpler time. It comes with a cool modern interior, seating materials and a large touch screen that would make you might not want to splash it with mud. This 2021 Bronco is about the same size as its main rival, the Jeep Wrangler. With an exterior that looks as tough as a nail, it seems ready to take anything you throw at it. This Bronco has some tough looking hardware when you look at the wheels and large tires plus it has a lot of ground clearance. While the suspension looks promising, we still have to wait till the fall for a test drive to prove its prowess. But so far, we can see the pros and cons are:
- Cool Retro Styling but definitely looks Modern
- Definitely a Stand-out and will be a popular vehicle
- Going to be expensive for higher trims
- Will most probably hard to get when it launches (Ford has already announced that the limited edition has all been taken)