All-new Ford Bronco: tough 4x4 makes official return

Published: 14 July 2020

► Ford's new bucking Bronco
► Tough 4x4 and SUV variants
► Not coming to Europe, though...

Ford has pulled the covers off its new Bronco 4x4 and SUV range after years of teasers, leaks and speculation. Not only are the tough 4x4s joining Ford’s range across the pond, but the Blue Oval intends to create an entire brand out of the name going forward.

Yeehaw! I spot three versions…

Your eyes are not deceiving you. The Bronco is available in two- and four-door guises plus a softer, Bronco Sport SUV.

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The two- and four-door variants are aimed at the likes of the Jeep Wrangler for proper 4x4 dominance. Under the blocky, retro-futuristic body is one of two 4x4 systems. The first, simpler version, uses a two-speed electric transfer case for shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive activation, while the latter uses an electromechanical one with an auto mode for on-demant four-wheel drive.

A massive suite of drive modes nicknamed ‘G.O.A.T’ or ‘greatest of all time’ drive mode system includes the Baja mode seen on the likes of the Ranger Raptor and F150 Raptor. ‘Bronco’s advanced four-wheel-drive technology is at the core of its off-road capabilities,’ said Bronco marketing boss Mark Grueber, ‘and at the heart of it all is Bronco’s exclusive terrain management system with G.O.A.T. Mode that is designed to help drivers better navigate any type of terrain.’

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Ford claims class leading off-road capability, including 295mm ground clearance, 29-degree breakover angle and 37.2-degree departure angle. Ford also says the Bronco can wade up to 850mm.

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For the two- and four-door Bronco variants, you can choose from a 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost petrol making around 270bhp and a 310bhp 2.7-litre V6, with either a seven-speed manual or 10-speed auto.

Massive amounts of customisation can be done to the Bronco, including a range of colours and accessories. The hardtop models are module and you can even remove the doors.

What about the Bronco Sport?

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It’s the more road-based Bronco alternative. It’s available in five trim levels with badass/cringe-inducing (delete where appropriate) names; base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, Badlands and First Edition.

All-wheel drive still features, with the toppier Badlands and First Edition versions featuring a four-wheel drive system with a twin-clutch locking rear differential. The Sport still features the drive mode system the chunkier models have, too.

As for powertrains, the Bronco Sport has a 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol with a targeted 181bhp (the engine is expected to join the range in 2021) and a 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol with 245bhp. Either engine comes with an eight-speed automatic.

How much and when can I get one?

You can reserve any Bronco model for $100 if you live in the US, with a two-door Bronco starting at $29,995.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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