Audra Mari says she couldn't be happier.
Just because you're a famous model who was crowned Miss World America and dates a famous Hollywood actor doesn't mean you can always get what you want. Model Audra Mari intended to buy a new 2021 Ford Bronco but production delays have since forced her to change that plan. Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, from her cabin in North Dakota, Mari, 26, has revealed she was enticed to buy a Bronco Sport instead. She couldn't be happier with the decision.
"It's a beautiful car, kind of ties into the Land Rover," she said. "I like luxury but I like to be rugged. And the back end has a beer opener on it. I mean, hello?" Currently studying business at North Dakota State University, Mari managed to grab one of just two Bronco Sports delivered to a local Ford dealership so far, though many more are on their way.
Her boyfriend, actor Josh Duhamel, came with her the day she took it for a test drive and ultimately bought it. Mari, like many other hopeful owners, was simply tired of waiting for the regular Bronco SUV to arrive and desperately needed a new car. The Bronco Sport suits all of her needs.
"We know there are some people who are anxious to get into a Bronco and the Bronco Sport provides them the capability and functionality that they need," said Bronco marketing manager Mark Grueber. "Others will wait for the Bronco two- and four-door. We're happy to be able to give our customers that choice."
Duhamel, who owns a Tesla Model X and GMC Sierra in Los Angeles, and keeps a Chevy Silverado at his North Dakota home, was also very impressed by the Bronco Sport, saying it's "just perfect for her out here, perfect for the city and the woods."
The 2021 Bronco Sport begins at $26,660 (without destination) while a fully-loaded Badlands trim runs for around $40,000. Lower trims come powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-three engine rated at 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. The optional 2.0-liter turbo-four offers 245 hp and 276 lb-ft, making it the better choice for more rugged terrain.