2021 Ford Bronco Sport Arrives With Standard 4x4 And Clever Off-Road Tech

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Expect it to sell up a storm.

The wait is finally over. After much anticipation, a slew of teasers on social media, and several revealing spy shots, the 2021 Ford Bronco and the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport seen here have finally been officially unveiled. As the smaller sibling, the Bronco Sport differs by featuring an independent front and rear suspension, along with smaller engines shared with the Ford Escape, starting with a standard 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged three-pot with 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque.

Optionally available is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder with 245 hp and 275 lb-ft. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, although the latter adds paddle shifters.

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The Bronco Sport range will be offered in five trim levels: base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, Badlands, and First Edition. Its design is no surprise, owing to the many teasers, with rounded headlamps, short overhangs, and unpainted finishes providing protection off-road. The top two trims get the larger 2.0L engine as standard and the Badlands has 28.5-inch all-terrain tires. The First Edition has 29-inch all-terrain off-road tires.

At 172.7 inches in length, 82.2 inches wide, and up to 74.4 inches tall, the Bronco Sport is bigger than the Jeep Wrangler but smaller than the Wrangler Unlimited. It's rated to tow a maximum of 2,200 pounds with the larger engine. Ground clearance maxes out at 8.8 inches and approach/breakover/departure angles are up to 30.4/20.4/33.1 inches.

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Despite its less rugged underpinnings compared to the Bronco, the Bronco Sport will still be capable off-road. Every version comes equipped with four-wheel drive, along with what Ford says is a class-exclusive twin-clutch rear-drive unit. With its differential lock, nearly all rear-axle torque can be directed to either wheel, improving off-road performance.

On higher-spec models, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl driving modes are available, while an available Trail Control feature offers cruise control-like abilities at up to 20 mph on off-road trails. This, Ford says, allows drivers to focus fully on navigating challenging trails.

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Inside, Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system brings with it an eight-inch touchscreen and SiriusXM is available. The Ford Co-Pilot360 safety suite is standard and includes pre-collision assist, blind-spot monitoring, and pedestrian detection. Many available features will suit outdoor enthusiasts, such as a configurable cargo management system and liftgate flood lamps. Ford says two mountain bikes can be stored upright in the cargo area. All in all, over 100 factory-backed and aftermarket accessories are offered.

The Bronco Sport can now be reserved for $100 and it will arrive in dealerships late in 2020. Pricing will be revealed closer to launch.

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