The All-New 2021 Ford Bronco: A Complete Guide


Finally, the Ford Bronco, a vehicle with a legacy that spans generations, returns. Not only is the Bronco back with nostalgic details, but it also comes with innovative features, retro styling, and an impressive slew of off-road innovations. The 2021 Ford Bronco has an old-school vibe but returns with a modern vengeance. Keep reading to discover all you need to know about its much-anticipated release.

Engine and Performance
While the Bronco doesn't come with a V-8, you have the choice of a strong four-pot or V-6. The Bronco's standard engine is a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four that produces 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Also available is a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6 that produces 310 horsepower and 400 lb-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission is bolted to the larger engines, but the seven-speed is only compatible with the small one.  

Noteworthy features include optional 35-inch mud-terrain tires, electronic locking front and rear differentials, Beadlock capable-wheels, long-travel dampers, and sway-bar-disconnect. The Bronco offers an impressive 11.6 inches of maximum ground clearance and the ability to forge through up to 33.5 inches of water. All models are rated to tow 3,500 pounds.

In the very beginning, the Ford Bronco earned the nickname G.O.A.T., which stood for "Goes Over Any Terrain". Cleverly enough, Ford has named the new Bronco's driving modes "G.O.A.T. Modes." These new driving modes include Normal, Baja, Eco, Sand, Sport, Slippery, Mud, and Rock Crawl. Most of these modes can be manually selected by a series of individual buttons located above the infotainment screen. Each trim level has its own set of G.O.A.T. modes.

Ford Bronco 2021 Trim Levels
The Bronco comes in six different trim levels, plus a limited-edition trim. The available trims have unique names and even more unique features, so let's talk through each one.

The base 2021 Ford Bronco is a highly-capable off-road truck with four-wheel drive and an electronic two-speed transfer case standard.  A turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four engine combined with a standard seven-speed manual transmission is standard on the base model. A 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine and 10-speed automatic are available. 

Sitting on 16-inch silver-panted wheels with 255/70 all-season tires, the base is a capable off-roader with cloth seats, carpeted flooring, five driving modes, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. If you choose the base model, you'll have several color options from Oxford White to Rapid Red Metallic. There are also several shades of blue, black, gray, and silver available.

Big Bend
Next up is the Big Bend model, which adds an additional driving mode and 17-inch gray aluminum wheels and 255/75 all-terrain rubber tires. You get an aesthetics boost with a carbonized gray grille that matches the wheels and LED fog lamps. 

The Big Bend still has cloth seats, but you get a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. You also get an upgrade to privacy glass. The Big Bend has the same 2.3-liter engine as the base model, but the 2.7-liter Ecoboost and 10-speed automatic are optional. You'll also have more colors to choose from, including Cactus Gray, Race Red, and Area 51. 

Black Diamond
Show up in the Black Diamond Bronco, and there's no question you're an off-roader. This model incorporates heavy-duty hardware made for off-roading, including a powder-coated steel rear bumper, a more substantial front bumper, and bash plates and rock rails underneath. Add another driving mode-which makes seven-and 17-inch black-painted steel wheels with 265/70 all-terrain rubber tires.

This model includes overhead auxiliary switches, vinyl seats, and specialized washable flooring. The 2.7-liter Ecoboost and 10-speed automatic are still optional at this level. You can get the Black Diamond in Cyber Orange Metallic, which brings the color palette to eleven choices. 

Outer Banks
The most luxurious trim, Outer Banks, is similar to the Jeep Wrangler Sahara. While it only has six driving modes, it comes with heated front-row bucket seats, LED lighting, and the Mid package. The Mid package adds features such as remote start, dual-zone climate control, and Ford's Co-Pilot 360 active-safety features. 

A 12-inch touchscreen infotainment center is optional as part of the High package on this model and up. You can't miss the Outer Banks trim with its body-color door handles, fender flares, mirrors, and powder-coated tube steps. This trim has 18-inch wheels and 255/70 all-terrain tires. 

The Wildtrak trim is ready for the desert. Standard with the Mid and Sasquatch packages, it adds 25-inch mud-terrain tires, high-clearance suspension and fender flares, locking front and rear axles, Bilstein dampers, and more. At this level, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost is standard and the 10-speed auto and the advanced four-wheel-drive system. The four-wheel-drive system features on-demand 4H engagement and a 3.06:1 low ratio.

The Wildtrak has all seven drive modes-including the Baja mode for desert cruising. It also includes heated cloth seats and carpeted flooring, with leather seating as an available option. Spot the Wildtrak by looking for its Wildtrak-specific hood graphics and black hardtop.

While it doesn't come standard with the Sasquatch package, the 2021 Bronco Badlands is the most capable off-road trim-similar to a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Its exclusive suspension includes a hydraulic front sway-bar disconnect and it comes standard with 17-inch gray-painted machined-face wheels and 33-inch all-terrain tires. In addition to the driving modes available on the Wildtrak, this trim adds the Rock Crawl mode, as well as vinyl seats with washable floors and upfitter switches. 

First Edition
The First Edition Bronco is the off-road vehicle of your dreams, but it's in limited supply and high demand. This trim is equipped with every available feature, including the Sasquatch package. Standard is a voice-activated touchscreen, a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and a wireless charging pad.
You'll notice the First Edition has a branded leather interior, hood, and side graphics, as well as a black hardtop and a safari bar. This model only comes in Cyber Orange metallic, Rapid Red, Area 51, and Cactus Gray.

Visit Bob Allen Ford and Ask Us About the Bronco
Which 2021 Ford Bronco would you choose? The base model, so you can stay dirty, or the First Edition to show off to your friends? At Bob Allen Ford, we believe in providing a high-quality experience to our customers. If you're interested in reserving a new Ford Bronco, contact us to start the process.