On Monday night, in a coordinated advertising blitz across ABC, ESPN, and the National Geographic channel, as well as on YouTube and social media, Ford debuted its new Bronco SUV. The company is reviving the Bronco nameplate after a hiatus of 24 years, with new two-door, four-door, and Bronco Sport models on offer, all with four-wheel drive designed for off-road ability.
The two- and four-door Broncos comes in seven different trim levels, with another five trims available for the Bronco Sport, and there's a bewildering array of customization available to suit just about every possible taste. Well, almost every—we're sad to report there are no plans to offer the range as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or battery electric vehicle. So if you were hoping for some electrification, now's the time to head to the comments instead of reading on.
The big Bronco
Whether two-door (starting at $29,995) or four-door ($34,995), the Bronco comes equipped with Ford's 2.3L EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine as standard. That sends 270hp (201kW) and 310lb-ft (420Nm) to all four wheels via a seven-speed manual Getrag transmission. I mean, we say seven-speed, but it's more like a six-speed plus an extra-low 6.588:1 ratio for use when the blacktop has run out and you want to go rock climbing without getting out of the vehicle.
If that isn't enough, you can also configure a Bronco with Ford's 2.7L V6 EcoBoost, which comes with 310hp (231kW) and 400lb-ft (542Nm). This engine only comes with a 10-speed automatic gearbox, and the auto is also optional on the four-cylinder for those who don't want to row their own gears.
The Bronco's four-wheel drive system has an electronic two-speed transfer case, although for more serious rock-hopping, Ford is offering an advanced 4×4 system that uses an electromechanical two-speed transfer case that also has an automatic mode. As standard, the front gets an independent differential and the rear uses a solid axle with a diff, both Dana AdvanTEK designs. This, too, can be upgraded, in this case to front- and rear Performa-Trek electronic locking diffs from Spicer.
Off-road performance is about more than just the powertrain—suspension plays a role too. In this case, it's independent at the front and a solid five-link rear, with coil-over springs on each corner (and optional Bilstein dampers). The two-door hRead More – Source