The 2021 Ford Bronco directly targets the Jeep Wrangler, but the Blue Oval is not satisfied with targeting its rival’s most popular product. With the Bronco Sport 2021, Ford is also continuing the traditional Jeep models, providing customers with a smaller and more affordable Bronco experience while retaining the appearance and style of the full-size model.
Designed to fight the Jeep Compass and the Cherokee, two vehicles that represented more than a third of the 925,000 Jeeps sold in 2019, the new Ford Bronco Sport reduces the Bronco character, by attaching it to a heavily modified version of modular architecture to front-wheel drive found only in European Escape and Focus hatchback models. But don’t make fun of the Bronco Sport as a shirtless, trouser-less sport utility vehicle – Ford has gone to great lengths to distinguish the smaller Bronco from its line of soft roaders.
The all-new Ford Bronco Sport
Determining how the Bronco Sport fits into the Ford lineup is as simple as breaking the measuring tape. At 172.7 inches long and mounted on a 105.1-inch wheelbase, this compact crossover fits perfectly between the new 181.3-inch Escape and the 161.3-inch EcoSport. It covers white space in the company’s range while offering Ford customers a versatile option with an attractive footprint.
The Bronco Sport covers white space in the company’s range while offering Ford customers a versatile option with attractive dimensions.
But while the Bronco Sport is smaller than the Escape, the two crossovers share their two petrol engines as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission. The basic 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine develops 181 horsepower (135 kilowatts) and 190 pound-feet of torque (259 Newton meters), while the premium 2.0-liter turbocharged engine develops 245 hp ( 183 kW) and 275 lb-ft (259 Nm).
The Bronco Sport, however, distances itself from its big brother with a standard all-wheel drive system, a range of off-road driving modes and on the trimmings at the top of the range, a rear drive unit with a lockout function differential. It’s not a proper locker, of course, but it’s better than nothing on the track. Like the full-size Bronco, Sport calls its GOAT (Goes Over Any Type of Terrain) Modes. Controlled via a button on the center console, drivers can choose from Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand on each Bronco Sport. The Badlands and the first edition of the range add mud / ruts and rocks to this list.
Speaking of trims, Bronco Sport cuts fairly close to the full-size Bronco in its finishing step. The base is simply called Base. Then there are the likely volume versions, Big Bend and Outer Banks, and then we go to the Badlands mentioned above and the first limited edition. Ford values the Bronco Sport at $ 28,155, although it hasn’t released additional pricing information. As of now, customers can reserve their Bronco Sport with a refundable deposit of $ 100 on the Ford Consumer website.
Click here to review the great beginnings of Bronco Sport, or scroll down to find out more about the cabin, exterior, powertrains and other details of the new model.
Ford Bronco Sport interior
Look closely at the Bronco Sport cabin and you will see elements of the Escape, but they are generally rare. The commonalities of switchgear, such as the physical touchscreen controls, climate control and steering wheel are forgivable, especially given the small changes made by Ford. All buttons now have a rubberized outer section, the steering wheel is resplendent with a cutting Bronco in place of Ford’s famous blue oval, and the 8.0-inch infotainment screen has smaller frames (though annoying, it still seems nailed).
Beyond these shared elements, however, it is difficult to argue that the interior of the Bronco Sport is not a significant improvement over the Escape. At least inside the Badlands shown in our video, there is some splash of nice color, especially around the cabin which is under the infotainment controls. The leather seats also feature the Bronco logos on the backrests, just in case you need another reminder of this crossover you’re driving.
The Bronco Sport stands out more for its functionality than for its design, of course. On all trim except the base, there are MOLLE straps on the back of the front seats that owners can use to attach wicks and bobs. A zipped pocket in the seat back can accommodate a tablet or laptop, feeling more useful and secure than a traditional pocket. The Badlands trim also includes storage compartments under the seats, in case you need more space.
Look closely at the Bronco Sport cabin and you will see elements of the Escape, but they are generally rare.
The loading area is also very intelligent. There is a standard rubber cover on everything except the base, and thanks to it and the safari-style roof hump, owners can fold down the rear seats and accommodate a pair of mountain bikes with the wheels still attached. An optional cargo management system – available on Big Bend, Outer Banks, Badlands and First Edition – further improves versatility.
The five-way organizer can partition pieces of the trunk or unfold them into a useful table. Beyond that, checking this box adds a 400 watt inverter and powerful projectors inside the tailgate. According to Ford, these lamps can light up to 129 square feet of floor space, giving homeowners the much needed light when accessing the trunk at night. There’s even a neat bottle opener, so once you come back from a day outdoors, you can enjoy (non-alcoholic) drinks.
See our article for more details on the new Ford Bronco 2021 interior.
Exterior Ford Bronco Sport
The Bronco Sport does everything possible to show that it is part of the Bronco family, by adopting the square grille of the full-size models, with the prominent BRONCO script and the round headlights with a horizontal LED turn pointing towards the center line of the crossover . At the rear, the BRONCO SPORT script draws attention to the tailgate, while the LED tail lights, again inspired by the full-size Bronco, are large and prominent.
The profile of Bronco Sport is however busier. There is a strange C pillar aggressively slanted and a strong bottom line in the doors that hits a bit on the rounded wheel arches (another Bronco touch). The thin, vertical side grilles are also a bit tricky, compared to the full-size model with a sleek style. Overall, however, we’re digging into the overall, robust appearance of the Bronco Sport – it’s a pleasing contrast to the much smoother and more refined style of Jeep’s competitor, the Compass.
The Bronco Sport shares more than a few colors with the full-size model, while some trim is also available with a contrasting black roof. Here is a full overview of the color palette.
But like the cabin, it is functionality that distinguishes Sport more than design. The most obvious touch is the safari roof – this bump near the center of the vehicle that improves rear height and cargo space. According to Ford, the roofline is essential to allow Bronco Sport to swallow two mountain bikes with their wheels still attached. Access to the loading area is also easier, especially when it is packed with equipment, thanks to the standard rear window.
And finally, there is the whole range of tire sizes. The Bronco Sport is available with all-terrain tires up to 29 inches on the first edition, although the Badlands contain 28.5 s. The 17 or 18 inch wheels should help with driving comfort.
Ford Bronco Sport 2021 price and release date
The Ford Bronco Sport 2021 will be available in five versions. Everyone is expected to be available with a variety of packages, although Ford hasn’t provided many details. We know there will be an optional load management system on everything except the base trim offering a 400 watt inverter, spotlights in the tailgate and even a work table that slides out of the rear cargo area.
Customers can also upgrade the active safety suite of their Bronco Sport, from the standard Co-Pilot360 to the Co-Pilot360 Assist + (adaptive cruise at full speed, lane centering and evasive steering assistance) or Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 (“Intelligent” adaptive cruise at full speed, lane centering and recognition of traffic signs). Beyond these packages, Ford will also offer a wide range of accessories, announcing more than 100 items supported by the factory by the time Bronco Sports arrives at dealerships.
We expect the Bronco Sport Big Bend to be the most popular of the five versions.
The Bronco Sport Base, despite its name, is fairly well equipped with an 8.0-inch touch screen running Ford’s Sync 3 that can handle both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as 17-inch wheels, lights LED traffic, roof rails with a 150 pound limit and a liftable rear window.
We expect the Bronco Sport Big Bend to be the most popular of the five versions. It takes all the basic equipment and adds easier-to-clean padding, as well as rubberized loading mats, MOLLE straps in the seat backs and zippered pockets in the back. The Ford pillar-mounted keyboard and a set of fog lights also join the mix. It is also the most affordable version to offer the optional load management system. The exterior features a charred gray grille and 17-inch wheels in the same shade, as well as a privacy glass for the second row and heated mirrors.
The Bronco Sport Outer Banks is the softest member of the herd and the first trim on which you will find a contrasting roof. The grille adds white lettering to the designation “BRONCO” while the wheels reach 18 inches and have an ebony black finish. Cab has leather upholstery, 6.5-inch screen in dash, heated and electric front seats, heated steering wheel, B&O audio system and USB-A ports and USB-C. You’ll also find 18-inch black wheels.
The Bronco Sport Badlands is, like the full-size Bronco, the most serious. It comes standard with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine and the differential lock function no rear locker. The suspension receives a one inch lift for additional ground clearance, while the recalibrated suspension with larger rear shock absorbers provides greater jamming capacity. The large 28.5 inch all-terrain tires on steel wheels are perfect. There are two new riding modes – Mud / Ruts and Rock Crawl – and the clever Ford Trail Control system, which resembles all-terrain cruise control. To complete the improvements, there is a 180-degree front camera and additional protection under the chassis.
Finally, the first edition, limited to only 2,000 units, mixes the capacities of the Badlands with the cabin of the Outer Banks, while adding unique badges, as well as accents and black graphics.
The Bronco Sport Badlands is, like the full-size Bronco, the most serious.
How much will each of these versions cost? Well, Sport is not cheap. The base version starts at $ 28,155 (including destination fees of $ 1,495), far more than a Compass Sport with all-wheel drive ($ 23,780), although it looks better equipped. Here are the starting prices for the new Bronco Sport.
- Ford Bronco Sport base: $ 28,155
- Ford Bronco Sport Big Bend: $ 29,655
- Ford Bronco Sport exterior banks: $ 33,655
- Ford Bronco Sport Badlands: $ 34,155
- Ford Bronco Sport First Edition: $ 39,995
As with the two and four door Broncos, Ford is currently accepting reservations with a refundable deposit of $ 100. Deliveries are expected to begin in the fall of 2020.
Specifications and characteristics of the Ford Bronco Sport
The Bronco Sport Base, Big Bend and Outer Banks will all feature a three-cylinder 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with 181 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. The Badlands and the First Edition are only available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder developing 245 hp and 275 lb-ft. Both engines operate alongside an eight-speed automatic transmission that transmits power to a standard all-wheel drive system.
But the Badlands and the first edition receive some additional powertrain bonuses. Their eight-speed auto will have a manual mode with paddle shifters, as well as an oil cooler for the gearbox itself. Bronco Sports with the largest engine offers a towing capacity of 2200 pounds, while the Big Bend and Outer Banks, with their triple turbocharged, can handle 2000 pounds. Each trim can accommodate up to 150 pounds on their standard roof racks, although Bronco Sports with a sunroof will sacrifice a third of that capacity.
The standard suspension is familiar to the Escape – at the front there are independent McPherson struts with two-tube shock absorbers, while the rear suspension uses independent semi-trailing arms with double side linkage – but Ford’s tuned for more off-road capabilities at all levels. The top performing Bronco Sport versions, however, are the Badlands and the First Edition, which benefit from reworked front struts and rear suspension with larger shock absorbers, but softer springs and a smaller stabilizer bar, for better articulation on the track. These models also have larger and sturdier tires, up to 29 inches in diameter.
This table illustrates the difference in capacity between the base banks / Big Bend / Outer Banks and the Badlands / First Edition.
|Base / Big Bend / Outer Banks||Badlands / First edition|
|Ground clearance:||7.8 inches (base / Big Bend) / 7.9 inches (external banks)||8.8 inch|
|Approach angle:||21.7 degrees||30.4 degrees|
|Departure angle:||30.4 degrees||33.1 degrees|
|Break angle:||18.2 degrees||20.4 degrees|
|17.7 inch||23.6 inch|
|Suspension travel (front / rear):||7.4 / 8.1 inch||7.4 / 8.1 inch|
In terms of technology, each Bronco Sport will have an 8.0-inch touch screen equipped with Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. The Bronco Sport also has a complete active safety suite via Ford Co-Pilot 360. Each version is fitted as standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with traffic alert transverse rear, assistance in maintaining the trajectory and a high automatic automatic signal. beams. An option pack adds adaptive cruise control at full speed, lane centering assistance and recognition of traffic signs.
Ford has yet to release fuel economy for the Bronco Sport 2021, and although the powertrains are similar to the Escape, it’s difficult to assess the efficiency of this new crossover without knowing its weight. That said, a three-cylinder AWD Escape returns a city estimated at 26 EPA, 31 highways and 28 combined. The 2.0-liter model covers 23 cities, 31 highways and 26 combined. Unless the Bronco Sport is considerably lighter and with its brick-like aerodynamics in mind, we expect it to lose a few points on the Escape.
Photos of Ford Bronco Sport 2021
Frequently asked questions
How much will the Ford Bronco Sport 2021 cost?
We expect the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport to start at around $ 22,000. The company hasn’t announced a price yet, but given the vehicles targeted by the Bronco Sport – the Jeep Compass at $ 22,095 in particular – and the Escape’s starting price of $ 24,885, we expect Ford sets a very competitive price for its new crossover.
When can I order a Ford Bronco Sport 2021?
As with the Bronco two and four doors, the order books are open for the Ford Bronco Sport 2021. Interested customers must deposit a refundable deposit of $ 100 via the Ford website to keep their place online.
What is the release date of the new Ford Bronco Sport 2021?
The Ford Bronco Sport 2021 will arrive at dealerships in the fall of 2020.
In which colors will the Ford Bronco Sport 2021 be available?
Ford hasn’t released the Bronco Sport 2021 color palette, although we do know that it will share several nuances with the full-size Bronco, including the Cyber Orange. A contrasting black roof will be available on some versions.
Will the new Bronco Sport have a removable top?
No. The Ford Bronco Sport 2021 is only available in a fixed-roof, four-door crossover.