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2021 Ford Bronco: Here's What You Need to Know


The 2021 Ford Bronco will arrive in Colorado Springs soon. In the meantime, everyone wants to know the 2021 Ford Bronco price, the interior design, exterior appearance, specifications, configurations, and engine options. Let's review the 2021 Ford Bronco specs including the release date and both the 4-Door and 2-Door Broncos.

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2021 Ford Bronco Release Date

We initially thought the Ford Bronco release date was going to be midway between 2019, and then again in early 2020, but the automaker needed a little more time with this model. It's finally been revealed. The 2021 Ford Bronco 2-door and 4-door models made their world debut on July 13th, 2020 after a slight push-back from a July 9th release. The 2021 Ford Bronco is set to release for sale in early 2021 and will hit our dealership lots shortly after.

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2021 Ford Bronco Price

2021 Ford Bronco 4-door with all doors and roof removed driving over some large rocks

We have just received some big 2021 Ford Bronco news, including price points. It will be challenging to say whether the pricing will be vastly different between the two- or four-door body styles at this time. The 2021 Ford Bronco has a starting price of $28,500 for the Base trim with the most expensive First Edition trim level (which sold out virtually at launch; didn't even last 12 hours) starting at $59,305.

2021 Ford Bronco Trims & Configurations

Exterior comparison of a 4-door Bronco and a 2-door Bronco *2021 Ford Bronco 4-Door shown on top, 2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door shown on bottom.

The 2021 Ford Bronco is a mid-size, five-passenger SUV with multiple body, door, and rooftop configurations. There are 7 trim levels in total offered on the new Ford Bronco. 

  • 2021 Ford Bronco Base ($28,500)
  • 2021 Ford Bronco Big Bend ($33,385)
  • 2021 Ford Bronco Black Diamond ($36,050)
  • 2021 Ford Bronco Outer Banks ($38,955)
  • 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands ($42,095)
  • 2021 Ford Bronco Wildtrak ($48,875)
  • 2021 Ford Bronco First Edition ($59,305)

There's also talk of a Bronco Raptor off-road trim level, however, that has not been confirmed and it may be some time before that happens. Owners of the new Ford Bronco have some other options to consider, such as whether to get a hardtop, removable top, removable doors, 2-doors, or 4-doors.  

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2021 Ford Bronco Changes

1977 Coyote Edition Ford Bronco compared to the 2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door *1977 Ford Bronco Coyote Edition compared to the 2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door.

The last Ford Bronco to see production was in 1996. That fifth-generation Bronco featured three engine options: a 4.9-liter straight-six, 4.9-liter V8 and 5.8-liter V8. It came with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. Measurements of the last Bronco were 183.6 x 79.1 x 74.4 in. The new 2021 Ford Bronco will have more powerful engines plus the tease of removable doors, a removable top, and two body styles. With the new Bronco, you have the choice between either a 2.3L engine or 2.7L engine, and a 7-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic. The dimensions and body shape of the new Bronco differ a bit from the old Bronco. The exterior dimensions of the 2021 Bronco measure 173.7-189.5" L x 79.3" W x 78.9" H. The new Bronco is almost the same exact width as the old Bronco, but stands a little taller featuring a variety of lengths.

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2021 Ford Bronco Engines & Off-Road Capability

Front exterior grille view of a Area 51 color 2021 Ford Bronco tearing up some deep sand dunes

The 2021 Ford Bronco shares a platform with the Ford Ranger. This means it includes the standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four that produces 270-horsepower with 310 lb-ft. of torque. There is also the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost six-cylinder that pushes out 310-horsepower with 400 lb-ft. of torque. We hoped a manual option would be available, and it would seem we didn't get our hopes up for nothing. The 2021 Ford Bronco will have a 7-speed manual transmission as well as a 10-speed automatic transmission. 

Undoubtedly, the new Bronco will be geared to head off-road as 4x4 is standard across the entire Bronco lineup. The Bronco has a Part-Time 4x4 Selectable Engagement system and an Advanced 4x4 with Automatic On-Demand Engagement system. The part-time 4x4 system offers three modes plus neutral, provides mechanically locked-in 4x4 in 4H and 4L. When you select 4L, torque will increase fro certain conditions like deep sand, steep hill grades, and pulling heavy objects. The advanced 4x4 system adds an auto mode that automatically engages to select between 2H and 4H. While 4A is engaged, the 4x4 system will fluctuate power to the front wheels for the best performance across all on-road conditions.

A 2021 Ford Bronco crawling over some large rocks up a steep hill incline

The off-road prowess of the Bronco doesn't stop there. The Bronco comes with Trail Control which is like cruise control for managing off-road throttling/braking, Trail Turn Assist that reduces turn radius, Trail 1-Pedal Drive for low speed crawling, off-road navigation with the FordPass Performance App, and a Terrain Management System with 5 G.O.A.T. modes that G.oes O.ver A.ny T.errain. There are 5 standard drive modes (Sand, Slippery, Sport, Eco, and Normal) and 8 available drive modes that vary by trim level. The Badlands trim comes with Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl drive modes, but replaces the Sport mode with Baja mode.

Finally, the Bronco can easily handle the sharpest drops and steepest inclines with a departure angle of 37.2 degrees, a breakover angle of 29 degrees, and an aggressive 43.2 approach angle. The off-road Sasquatch Package, standard on the Wildtrak trim but available on every trim level, includes the 35-inch tires, 17-inch beadlock wheels, front-rear locking differentials, Trail Control, high-clearance suspension, high-clearance fender flares, and a 4.7 final drive ratio. The 2021 Bronco also has an 11.6-inch ground clearance on the 35-inch tires, and is capable of water-fording up to 33.5 inches.

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2021 Ford Bronco Towing Capacity

The 2021 Ford Bronco is set to rival the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner. The 2020 Jeep Wrangler can tow up to 3,500 pounds while the 4Runner has the ability to pull 5,000 pounds. The new Bronco is to be built on the same platform as the Ranger so the 2021 Bronco will tow at least 3,500 lbs. Information regarding any payload ratings or the towing capability between 2-door vs. 4-door, 2.3L vs. 2.7L, or manual vs. automatic has not been revealed yet. We will update this section once that becomes available.

2021 Ford Bronco Interior

Interior view of the front cabin inside the 2021 Ford Bronco from the rear seats with the top down

The big news about the new Ford Bronco is design and capability, but that doesn't stop at the exterior. Inside the 2021 Ford Bronco, you will find Bronco inspired badges, accents, trims, and stitching to a special Bronco start-up screen on the center display and an awe-inspiring 8-inch digital color LCD insrument panel behind the steering wheel. Standard interior features include AM/FM stereo with 6 speakers, SYNC®4 8" touchscreen display with swipe capability, SiriusXM® with 360L, FordPass Connect, 911 Assist®, single-zone manual climate control, remote keyless access with push-button start, overhead console with front map lights, and a manual tilt + telescoping steering column connected to a Bronco-badged steering wheel with cruise and audio controls. The 2-Door Bronco will seat 4 occupants, while the 4-Door Bronco can sit 5 occupants comfortably and features up to 83 cu.-ft. of cargo space.

2021 Ford Bronco Exterior

Aerial view of a 2021 Ford Bronco 4-door with every section of the roof removed

The design of the 2021 Ford Bronco is finally here and it's exactly what we hoped. Removable tops (in sections), removable doors, sweet roll bars, and big tires. The Bronco was built for an adventure with available 35-inch tires ready to crush any trail ahead. There is even a small tailgate for easy unloading and loading in the cargo area. You can style your new Bronco with up to 10 different exterior colors. These colors include Cyber Orange, Antimatter Blue, Shadow Black, Iconic Silver, Rapid Red, Area 51, Carbonized Gray, Cactus Gray, Race Red, and Oxford White.

2021 Ford Bronco Technology & Amenities

In all 2020-2021 Ford SUVs, we see USB ports, parking sensors, and a rearview camera; the Bronco is no different. On the Bronco, there's actually a bit more. Located on the dashboard, you'll find an off-road switch pack that makes it easy to control off-roading adventures. These buttons engage the following features: Trail Turn Assist, stability control, hazard lights, stabilizer bar disconnect, and front-rear differential lock. Other technology and amenities include dual smart charging USB ports, sliding visor vanity mirrors, a convenient media bin in the center console, 6 beverage holders, and rubberized floors with integrated drains that allows you to wash away dirt, snow, and pet hair which naturally comes with the territory. 

2021 Ford Bronco Reviews & Ratings

Enthusiasts couldn't wait to see the 2021 Ford Bronco. Top Speed says, "we are in for the ride of our lives." Even Car & Driver feels that it will be able to "compete with rugged rivals." Aside from the die-hard loyal fan base the Bronco has acquired over the years, this new Bronco is sure to please the masses and reignite the love we had for the old Ford Bronco.

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New 2021 Ford Bronco Photo Gallery

Here are the most recent images of the new Ford Bronco from Ford showing close up shots, images of both the 2-Door and 4-Door variants, and the entire Bronco family lineup.

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