For 2021, Ford is finally bringing back the Bronco, dusting off one of the automaker's most iconic nameplates after an extended hiatus. The last time the Blue Oval offered a new Bronco SUV in its showrooms was during the 1996 model year, and the 4x4 has been the subject of comeback rumors ever since. This new generation debuted in July 2020. After some delays, the production sixth-generation Bronco is slated to arrive in dealers in summer 2021, when it will rekindle its rivalry with the Jeep Wrangler and start a fresh scrap with the reborn Land Rover Defender. This model should not be confused with the similarly named 2021 Bronco Sport, a new, smaller and somewhat less hardcore unibody crossover model that shares much of its DNA with the Ford Escape.
The 2021 Ford Bronco body-on-frame sport utility vehicle will be available in both two- and four-door formats for the very first time. Powered by either a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine or an up-level 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6, the Bronco pairs retrolicious styling with modern cabin and safety tech. The whole thing is underpinned by standard four-wheel drive and serious off-road hardware.
Ford seems to have taken a very long look at Jeep's Wrangler template, then departed where it needed to, going with an all-independent suspension for better on-road ride and handling. Additionally, the company has made a number of practical livability improvements, including frameless doors that can be stowed onboard the vehicle when they're removed. With both soft and multipiece hardtop options, the new Bronco should have exceptional versatility, and by making the truck's trail-ready Sasquatch suspension and wheel/tire package available on any of the model's trims, Ford is sending a message to Jeep that it's not afraid to give consumers the ability to configure their dream 4x4s the way they want them.
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