See Ford Bronco And Jeep Wrangler Climb Rocks In Direct Comparison
The last few days have brought us all kinds of real world Ford Bronco excitement. It all started with a series of photos and videos showing Ford’s new off-roader on the tough Rubicon Trail. An official Ford clip from Moab followed, but the short clip above from Bronco6G.com compares the Bronco to the Jeep Wrangler in a climbing challenge.
It is also not a random comparison. The video shows three vehicles – two Broncos and the one Jeep – scaling the same rock. Both Broncos are Badlands models, with the Jeep being an unlimited Rubicon of the JL era. All three vehicles would be standard, with 33-inch tires at all four corners. The two-door Bronco with its short wheelbase has the easiest time, climbing the rock with little fanfare. The four-door Bronco was also mounted without hesitation. The Jeep, however, appeared to be bottoming out and had to back up for another try. He finally made the climb, although we don’t see him on video.
Before we go any further (and before Jeep fans go wild in our comments section), here are a few things to consider. Obviously, the objectivity of this comparison is questionable for several reasons, the first being the clip from a dedicated Ford Bronco forum which, presumably, is filled with people who love the new off-roader. We also don’t see the actual ascent of the Jeep (it eventually climbs the rock), so a follow-up run with a better line could have seen the Wrangler tackle the rock with no problem.
Second, the Jeep is said to be part of the Bronco’s fleet as a towing and support vehicle. These Broncos being technically pre-production prototypes, it makes sense to have a production vehicle set up for support. It is also certainly an opportunity for Ford to test the Bronco against its main competitor, but that means a Ford employee is likely behind the wheel of the Jeep. With the cameras on, it wouldn’t be difficult to make the Jeep look bad among the Bronco prototypes.
Still, with no first-drive events or media vehicles available, this is our first look at a direct Bronco-Wrangler comparison on the road less traveled. Motor1.com readers, we are very interested in your opinion on this matter. Does the Jeep really have more trouble here, or could it be a ringtone to make the Bronco look better?