Ford shows off the Bronco's off-roading capability at the 2021 Woodward Dream Cruise.
Thanks to quality control issues and the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage, production of the 2021 Ford Bronco has been delayed yet again. As Ford races to fix current orders affected by the roof issue, the Blue Oval automaker is preparing to roll out the 2022 model. The Bronco was one of the stars at the 2021 Woodward Dream Cruise, where it was shown off in new colors demanded by enthusiasts that will be available for 2022. Ford also used the Woodward Dream Cruise to showcase the Bronco's impressive suspension technology that improves the SUV's off-road capability.
Inspired by trophy trucks, every version of the Bronco including the two-door, four-door, and Bronco Sport is built with a unique High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) system featuring independent front suspension, taller coil springs on every corner, and heavy-duty dampers for improved stability on challenging terrain.
The Bronco's independent front suspension is modeled after the Ford F-150 Raptor's forged twin aluminum alloy A-arms with long-travel coil-over springs, HOSS-tuned shock absorbers, and a stabilizer bar. Ford says this setup reduces unsprung front axle weight by up to 20 percent or 42 pounds compared to solid front axle designs. At the back, the Bronco adds coil-over progressive rate springs for pitch control and a five-link geometry about 8.6-inch solid-axle balanced for optimal payload capacity. Available Bilstein position-sensitive dampers for higher-spec models add greater pitch control.
Ford's HOSS system can also be integrated into the off-road Sasquatch and Badlands models. Available Bilstein position-sensitive dampers with end-stop control valves improve stability, while the increased ride height improves ground clearance.
The Bronco Sport also benefits from Ford's HOSS technology. Every Bronco Sport trim is equipped with tuned front and rear springs for improved wheel articulation, as well as unique front struts and rear monotube shocks. Badlands versions of the Bronco Sport are also available with hydraulic rebound stops and upgraded 1.8-inch-diameter rear monotube shocks to improve the SUV's off-road control and comfort.
"We listened to what off-road enthusiasts wanted in terms of capability and control - and heard a lot about what could be improved in the current off-road SUV offerings - namely harsh ride, sloppy steering, and discomfort above crawling speeds," said Mark Grueber, Bronco consumer marketing manager. These are known issues that plague the Jeep Wrangler. "Our answer was to design a lighter, more agile suspension system tuned to deliver more confident off-road capabilities without having to trade comfort and control."