2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Ford Bronco

Last Updated July 22, 2020 | C.J. Tragakis
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The new 2021 Ford Bronco is one of the most anticipated releases in recent automotive history. A true off-roader, the Bronco is targeted to aggressively compete with the Jeep Wrangler. From early looks, Ford seems to have knocked it out of the park with this one.

2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door Antimatter Blue

Ford boasts that the Bronco will have the “toughness of an F-series” and “spirit of a Mustang.” It’s cousin, the Bronco Sport, will function as a smaller crossover, but will be part of the same family/brand. You can learn about the differences between the two in our Bronco vs Bronco Sport comparison.

Here’s everything we know so far about the new 2021 Ford Bronco. We’ll update this article with the latest official releases from Ford. In the meantime, sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on new developments.

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2021 Bronco Specs

Below are the specs for both the 2-door and 4-door Bronco models. We still don’t know the curb weight or official MPG numbers. For MPG, we’ve included an estimate based on existing Ford models with similar engines.

2021 Ford Bronco Specs
Specs2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door2021 Ford Bronco 4-Door
Starting MSRP$28,500-$59,305+$33,200-$64,995+
Engine2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo 4-cylinder or 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V62.3-liter EcoBoost turbo 4-cylinder or 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6
Horsepower270 hp, 310 hp (est)270 hp, 310 hp (est)
Torque310 lb-ft, 400 lb-ft (est)310 lb-ft, 400 lb-ft (est)
Transmission7-speed manual or 10-speed automatic7-speed manual or 10-speed automatic
Seating45
Length (Base)173.7 inches189.4 inches
Width (Base, Mirrors Folded)75.9 inches75.9 inches
Height (Base)71.9 inches73.0 inches
Wheelbase100.4 inches116.1 inches
Ground Clearance8.4 inches / 11.6 inches (35-inch tires)8.3 inches / 11.5 inches (35-inch tires)
Approach Angle35.5 degrees / 43.2 degrees (35-inch tires)35.5 degrees / 43.2 degrees (35-inch tires)
Breakover Angle21.1 degrees / 29.0 degrees (35-inch tires)20.0 degrees / 26.3 degrees (35-inch tires)
Departure Angle29.8 degrees / 37.2 degrees (35-inch tires)29.7 degrees / 37.0 degrees (35-inch tires)
Suspension Travel (Front/Rear, mm)200/215 (Base), 240/261 (Badlands)200/215 (Base), 240/261 (Badlands)
Curb WeightTBDTBD
Max Towing Capacity3,500 lbs3,500 lbs
Max Payload1,170 lbs1,370 lbs
Cargo Space (Seats Up)52.3 cubic feet77.6 cubic feet
Cargo Space (Seats Folded)23.6 cubic feet35.6 cubic feet
MPG (Est.)20 city/ 24 hwy/ 22 comb (2.3 L), 16 city/25 hwy/19 comb (2.7 L)20 city/ 24 hwy/ 22 comb (2.3 L), 16 city/25 hwy/19 comb (2.7 L)

Price

The 2-door Bronco starts at $29,995, just under $30,000. This is a very competitive price in the market. With a fully-loaded model plus additional dealership accessories, the out-the-door price can easily top $60,000. See below for trim-specific pricing.

2021 Ford Bronco Trims
TrimSlogan2-Door Base MSRP4-Door Base MSRP
Base“The Essential Bronco”$28,500$33,200
Big Bend“Mainstream Off-Roading”$33,385$35,880
Black Diamond“Adventure Off-Roading”$36,050$38,545
Outer Banks“Off-Roading in Style”$38,955$41,450
Badlands“Extreme Off-Roading”$42,095$44,590
Wildtrak“High-Speed Off-Roading”$48,875$51,370
First Edition“Reserve Now Before They Sell Out”$59,305$63,500

Bronco Trim Levels

Below are the trim levels for the 2021 Bronco. Each trim can be had in either a 2-door or 4-door. All First Edition models have already been reserved.

Base

Includes only the bare essentials. Seriously, you’ll get steel wheels. This means plenty of room to customize, though. 4x4 is standard, of course, and the Sasquatch Package with 35-inch tires is optional.

2021 Ford Bronco Base Trim

Standard

  • 4x4 with part-time selectable engagement
  • 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine
  • 7-speed manual transmission with crawler gear
  • Easily removable doors and roof
  • Terrain Management System with five G.O.A.T. Modes™
  • 16-inch silver-painted steel wheels, 30-inch P255/70R16 all-season tires
  • SYNC® 4 with 8-inch touch screen
  • Carpeted flooring
  • Cloth seats

Optional

  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine (requires 10-speed automatic)
  • 10-speed automatic transmission with Trail Control™
  • Advanced 4x4 with automatic on-demand engagement
  • Sasquatch Package

Big Bend

This trim adds features that are nice to have in a modern vehicle. Think leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated seats, and remote start. The Mid Package Equipment Group is also available.

2021 Ford Bronco Big Bend Trim

Standard

Includes Base features plus:

  • Terrain Management System with six G.O.A.T. Modes
  • 17-inch Carbonized Gray-painted aluminum wheels
  • 32-inch P255/75R17 all-terrain tires
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob
  • LED fog lamps
  • Carbonized Gray grille
  • Privacy glass

Optional

  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine (requires 10-speed automatic)
  • 10-speed automatic transmission with Trail Control
  • Advanced 4x4 with automatic on-demand engagement
  • Heated front seats and remote start (10-speed automatic only)
  • Sasquatch Package
  • Mid Package

Black Diamond

Now we’re getting into more advanced off-road tech, like a standard locking rear differential. You also get steel bumpers front and rear, heavy-duty skid plates, and seven G.O.A.T. (Go Over Any type of Terrain) driving modes. The vinyl seats and washout interior are great for getting dirty. If you’re really serious about off-roading, this is the trim to start at.

2021 Ford Bronco Black Diamond Trim

Standard

Includes Big Bend features plus:

  • Heavy-duty modular front bumper, powder-coated steel rear bumper
  • Rock rails and heavy-duty bash plates
  • Terrain Management System with seven G.O.A.T. Modes
  • 17-inch black-painted steel wheels
  • 32-inch LT265/70R17 all-terrain tires
  • Auxiliary switches in overhead console
  • Marine-grade vinyl-trimmed seats and rubberized washout flooring

Optional

  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine (requires 10-speed automatic)
  • 10-speed automatic transmission with Trail Control
  • Advanced 4x4 with automatic on-demand engagement
  • Sasquatch Package
  • Mid Package

Outer Banks

In terms of comparisons, the Outer Banks is like the Jeep Wrangler Sahara. You still have great off-road bones, but there’s a dollop of luxury on top. This includes body-color fender flares, plus standard signature LED headlights and taillights. Inside, you can add an optional 12-inch touchscreen and B&O sound system. The 10-speed automatic transmission is standard.

2021 Ford Bronco Outer Banks Trim

Standard

Includes Big Bend features plus:

  • Terrain Management System with six G.O.A.T. Modes
  • 18-inch black-painted machined-face aluminum wheels
  • 32-inch P255/70R18 all-terrain tires
  • Signature LED headlamps and taillamps
  • Body-color exterior door handles, mirror caps and fender flares
  • Powder-coated tube steps
  • Cloth heated front row bucket seats
  • Mid Package

Optional

  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine (requires 10-speed automatic)
  • 10-speed automatic transmission with Trail Control
  • Advanced 4x4 with automatic on-demand engagement
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Sasquatch Package
  • High Package
  • Lux Package

Badlands

This is the next level up from the Black Diamond in terms of off-roading. There are Bilstein position-sensitive monotube shocks and a stabilizer bar disconnect. You also get front and rear locking differentials, and either 33 or 35-inch tires.

2021 Ford Bronco Badlands Trim

Standard

Includes Big Bend features plus:

  • Terrain Management System with seven G.O.A.T. Modes including Rock Crawl and Baja
  • 17-inch Carbonized Gray-painted machined face aluminum wheels
  • 33-inch LT285/70R17 all-terrain tires
  • Unique Badlands suspension with front stabilizer bar disconnect
  • Heavy-duty modular front bumper
  • Powder-coated steel rear bumper
  • Auxiliary switches in overhead console
  • Marine-grade vinyl-trimmed seats and rubberized washout flooring

Optional

  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine (requires 10-speed automatic)
  • 10-speed automatic transmission with Trail Control
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Sasquatch Package
  • Mid Package
  • High Package
  • Lux Package

Wildtrak

The Wildtrak is the range-topper. It comes with the Sasquatch Package, standard. This means 35-inch tires wrapped around 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels. If that’s not enough, the front and rear diffs and Bilstein shocks are also standard. Plus, the engine is the twin-turbo 2.7 EcoBoost with 10-speed automatic. With a black hardtop, wheels, and grille (plus unique hood graphic), it’s sure to stand out.

2021 Ford Bronco Wildtrak Trim

Standard

Includes Outer Banks features plus:

  • Mid Package
  • Sasquatch Package
  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission with Trail Control
  • Advanced 4x4 with automatic on-demand engagement
  • Terrain Management System with seven G.O.A.T. Modes including Baja
  • Modular Shadow Black-painted hard top
  • Wildtrak hood graphic
  • Carpeted flooring
  • Cloth heated front row bucket seats

Optional

  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • High Package
  • Lux Package

First Edition

The First Edition is an amazing blend of the other Bronco trims. It takes the best bits of each. This means it has the luxurious Outer Banks interior, the mechanicals of the Badlands, and exterior of the Wildtrak. Originally, only 3,500 were to be built and all were quickly reserved. Since then, Ford has doubled the total number of First Edition Broncos to 7,000 (which have all been spoken for).

2021 Ford Bronco First Edition Trim

Standard

Includes Badlands features plus:

  • Lux Package
  • Sasquatch Package
  • First Edition hood and bodyside graphics
  • Modular Shadow Black-painted hard top
  • Safari bar
  • Carpeted flooring
  • Unique interior
  • Leather-trimmed seats with heated front row
  • 10-way power driver’s seat

Packages

There are several packages that can be added to the various trims (if they’re not already included). The most talked-about is the Sasquatch Package, which gives you serious off-road capability. Unfortunately, prices for the packages have not yet been announced.

Standard Package

This includes the standard equipment with every Bronco.

  • LED headlamps
  • Black door handles mirror caps
  • Fender flares and fender tie-down hooks
  • Manual air-conditioning
  • Push button start

Mid Package

The Mid Package is focused on adding more technology for comfort and convenience. Features include:

  • 2-Door Intelligent Access with lock/unlock
  • 110V/150W AC power outlet
  • Ambient footwell lighting
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated visor mirrors
  • Remote Start System (automatic transmission only)
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • Subscription navigation with 3-month trial
  • SYNC 4 with Enhanced Voice Recognition
  • Ford Co-Pilot360: pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking (AEB), BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping system, auto high-beam headlamps, and rear view camera with backup assist grid lines

High Package

The High Package gives you all the Mid Package content, plus these features:

  • 12-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • 360-Degree Camera
  • Additional sound deadening materials
  • Forward Sensing System
  • Sideview mirror LED approach lamps and spotlights

Lux Package

The Lux Package is the top-of-the-line equipment group. You’ll get everything from the Mid and High Packages. You’ll also get features including:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • B&O Sound System with 10 speakers including a subwoofer
  • Evasive Steering Assist
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Universal garage door opener
  • 2 additional front row smart-charging USB ports
  • Voice-activated touchscreen navigation system
  • Wireless charging pad

Sasquatch Package

The Sasquatch Package is independent of the other equipment groups. It’s focused solely on off-roading and will give the Bronco the best specs possible, mostly due to the large 35-inch tires. You get:

  • 17" black-painted aluminum beadlock-capable wheels with 35" LT315/70R17 BSW Mud-Terrain tires
  • Electronic-locking front and rear axles
  • 4.7 Final Drive Ratio
  • High-clearance suspension
  • Position-sensitive Bilstein shock absorbers
  • High-clearance fender flares

Exterior

The two-door Bronco is the halo model of the family. It bears the shape of its predecessors, paying tribute to that iconic legacy. However, there is also the four-door Bronco, which will prove more practical for many buyers. It will be the first-ever four-door Bronco model in Ford’s history.

2021 Ford Bronco 4-Door Front

2021 Ford Bronco 4-Door Side

2021 Ford Bronco 4-Door Rear Quarter

2021 Ford Bronco Tailgate

Response to its design has been quite positive, with critics praising the classic shape that still holds a modern style.

The Bronco also features removable doors. The only other vehicle that offers this is the Jeep Wrangler. The Bronco 4-door can even stow all four of its doors in the rear cargo area. Body-mounted mirrors mean you can take the doors off without losing rear visibility, unlike the Wrangler.

2021 Ford Bronco Doors and Roof Removed

There are options to take the roof off or use a mesh shade, called a “Bimini Top”. This offers a true open-air experience and aids visibility during off-roading. There’s also no center beam across the top area. When the Bronco has the roof off, the view is completely unobstructed.

Bronco Colors

2021 Bronco Paint Colors
ColorSample
Antimatter Blue
Area 51
Cactus Gray
Carbonized Gray
Cyber Orange Pearl Metallic
Iconic Silver
Oxford White
Race Red
Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
Shadow Black
Velocity Blue

Sample colors are for representative purposes and may not accurately portray actual paint color due to screen settings, metallic finish, etc.

Interior

The interior of the new Bronco is stylish, but mostly focused on utility. The rugged cabin includes a center console grab handle and the option for a washout interior for easy cleaning. Automatic versions use a traditional gear lever, instead of a rotary knob like the Bronco Sport.

The dashboard is streamlined, with a touchscreen that actually sits flush instead of appearing stuck-on. SYNC 4 is standard on all models. The large 12-inch touchscreen is optional, with an 8-inch screen serving as standard.

2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door Interior

2021 Ford Bronco Blue Seats

2021 Ford Bronco Dashboard Touchscreen

Rugged toggle switches sit at the top of the dashboard. Ford calls them “Off-Road Hero Switches.” Apart from operating the hazard lights, they can be used to control various off-road functions (such as the sway bar disconnect).

2021 Ford Bronco Toggle Switches

Available trail maps can be downloaded right to the infotainment system. You can even document the details of a trail and share it with friends and family. Both the 360-degree camera and trail cameras aid immensely with off-road driving.

There’s class-exclusive hidden storage under the second row. Plus, you can get available MOLLE straps or hooks on the back of the front seats. An optional rear tailgate table gives you a great place to put gear or have a meal out on the trail.

2021 Ford Bronco Seat Clips

2021 Ford Bronco Trunk

There are over 200 available factory accessories to help you customize your Bronco inside and out, with thousands of aftermarket parts sure to follow.

Under the Hood

The Bronco’s engine has been the subject of some mild controversy. Sadly, there’s no V8 option. However, nobody should be left wanting for power.

2021 Bronco Engine and Performance Specs
Specs2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door
Engine 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo 4-cylinder or 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo 4-cylinder or 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6
Horsepower 270 hp, 310 hp (est) 270 hp, 310 hp (est)
Torque 310 lb-ft, 400 lb-ft (est) 310 lb-ft, 400 lb-ft (est)
Transmission 7-speed manual or 10-speed automatic 7-speed manual or 10-speed automatic
MPG (Est.) 20 city/ 24 hwy/ 22 comb (2.3 L), 16 city/25 hwy/19 comb (2.7 L) 20 city/ 24 hwy/ 22 comb (2.3 L), 16 city/25 hwy/19 comb (2.7 L)

Engine

The Bronco offers the 2.3- and 2.7-liter EcoBoost engines as options. A hybrid option will likely come later on. The 2.3 L EcoBoost is already used in the Ranger, the 2.7 L EcoBoost in the F-150. While the wonderful V8 soundtrack of a Coyote engine won’t be there, these motors will provide excellent torque and solid MPG.

Transmission

Ford’s favored 10-speed automatic transmission can be had with either engine and any trim. It will provide better fuel economy than the manual transmission and includes Trail Control.

However, the 7-speed manual transmission is an exciting option as well. It includes six traditional gears, plus a low-speed crawler gear for off-roading only. Sadly, the stick shift can only be had with the smaller 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. Upgrading to the 2.7-liter V6 means getting the 10-speed auto.

2021 Ford Bronco 7-Speed Manual

Suspension

The Bronco will have a solid rear axle, while the front will use independent suspension. Some may grumble about this, but modern IFS has been proven to be just as capable off-road. Ford specifically notes that it allows for higher-speed off-road travel than with a solid front axle.

2021 Ford Bronco 4-Door Driving on Rocks

Both front and rear locking differentials are available, which is matched by few competitors. Dana axles are also standard. A H.O.S.S. (High-Performance, Off-Road, Stability, Suspension) comes standard. A more advanced H.O.S.S. system with position-sensitive Bilstein shocks is optional. This is similar to the systems used by trucks that race at Baja and King of the Hammers.

A hydraulically-operated stabilizing bar disconnect (front sway bar) is also an option. It can be electronically disconnected, like the Wrangler Rubicon’s. However, unlike the Jeep, it can be disconnected while under load. It will use smart technology to reconnect after you’ve conquered an obstacle.

All Broncos come standard with at least five selectable terrain modes. There are up to seven G.O.A.T. modes (Go Over Any type of Terrain) total, including Normal, Mud/Ruts, Rock Crawling, Slippery, Sand, Baja, and ECO.

Both the 2- and 4-door Broncos have an available best-in-class ground clearance of 11.6 inches. You’ll have to buy the Sasquatch Package to obtain that though. The same is true for the available best-in-class max breakover and departure angle.

Release Date

With excitement building and reservations already available, people are anxious for the Bronco to hit dealership lots. There’s no set release date, but estimates say to look for them starting in spring of 2021. Things are a bit touch and go right now for the entire automotive industry. If you can’t wait, the less rugged Bronco Sport should be available in late 2020.

2021 Ford Bronco Removable Door Panel

Sources: Ford

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