The 11 Features That Excite Us The Most About the New Ford Bronco

Author: Todd Taylor
Date: July 13, 2020

Built Wild™, Thrilling, Ready for Fun, and Infinitely Customizable is the new Ford Bronco. 

Releasing with the Bronco Sport in 2020 and, what we look forward to the most, the Bronco having a two and four-door option in 2021.

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Ford's inclusion of a select amount of Trails Offroad's comprehensive off-road trail content in the Bronco is truly an honor.  Ford is making it easy for new Bronco owners to immediately head out on their off-road adventure, not only with our comprehensive trail guides but also with a long list of truly innovative new features and capabilities.   

Besides being very excited to see our content baked into the new Ford Bronco, we are passionate off-road fanatics who look forward to getting behind the wheel and hitting the trails in this exciting new vehicle.  The introduction of the Bronco is a game-changer for the off-road community.  Let's look at why Trails Offroad considers the Bronco truly important to the everyday off-roader. 

Above all, we like the added competition.  It is no longer just Jeep and Toyota.  The price point for true off-road capable vehicles has become problematic, to say the least.  We hope that with a real offroad capable vehicle from Ford, pricing will become much more competitive, and innovation in the offroad segment will increase.  

Like you, we have not seen the vehicle in person yet, but let's examine the new Ford Bronco's features that excite us the most.

  1. Ground Clearance. Segment-leading levels of off-road capability are possible thanks to Bronco's available 11.6-inch ground clearance, maximum 29-degree breakover angle, and 37.2-degree departure angle. Additionally, 35-inch off-road tires direct from the factory are available on every model, but the Sport. Throwing in available beadlock-capable wheels allow you to elevate off-road challenges to the next level.  With a little bit of extra ground clearance, that rough and long route to the Top of the World will be much easier for stock vehicles.

 

  1. Deepwater fording capability. An amazing water fording capability of up to 33.5 inches. The notorious water crossing on the Mojave Road just became a little less threatening in a Bronco. There's no reason to take the boring bypass.  Instead, dive into an experience you will remember for the rest of your life. Need we say more?

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  1. On the trail cruise control! The Trail Toolbox gives Bronco SUV owners a powerful suite of exclusive technologies to elevate their off-road experience. The revolutionary toolbox includes Trail Control – cruise control for low-speed trail driving. You'll knock out those 168 miles of dirt on the Rimrocker Trail easy peasy.

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  1. Turning radius. While Trail Turn Assist tightens off-road turning radiuses through torque vectoring or, in other words, differentiating control of the front and rear differentials allowing for the vehicle to pull the front in around in a tighter turn than you would think possible. We can't wait to try this on the infamous Black Bear Pass!

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  1. Suspension Travel. An all-new Bronco-variant architecture for two- and four-door models is based on a fully boxed, high-strength steel chassis that delivers a surprising amount of available suspension travel. With 17 percent more travel in the front and 10 percent more in the rear over similar competitors, the Bronco will thrive in rugged environments. An available segment-exclusive semi-active hydraulic stabilizer-bar disconnect design provides maximum articulation and increased ramp angle index for off-camber terrain. This innovative system bests competitors by disconnecting during articulation; it can reconnect under all conditions to improve steering and stability at higher speeds. Are you dreading the notorious washouts of Black Gap Road in Big Bend?  Not anymore!

  1. Crawl Gear. Industry-first 7-speed manual and 10-speed automatic transmissions give the all-new Bronco the optimal combination of power, torque, and gear ranges to perform in a wide variety of terrains and road types. For maximum low-speed rock-climbing capability, a segment-first 7-speed (6+1) manual transmission paired with the EMTC transfer case generates an incredible crawler-gear ratio of 94.75:1. An available segment-first SelectShift® 10-speed automatic transmission makes for more capable driving on- and off-road while maintaining a more than respectable max 67.8:1 crawl ratio with the EMTC transfer case. Crawling over miles of rocks on John Bull should be laughingly more manageable. 

 

  1. The available 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine is projected to produce 310 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 2.3-liter EcoBoost delivers best-in-class four-cylinder torque with an expected 270 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft.  We welcome the increased torque for barreling up and down I-70 across the Colorado High Country en route to The Transfer Trail or The Imperial Sand Dunes of Glamis. That kind of horsepower will get you to the top of Oldsmobile Hill without any hesitation.  

 

  1. Easy to take off doors. Every Bronco comes with class-exclusive frameless doors lighter and easier to remove than on competitive models. On four-door Bronco models, all four doors can be stored onboard with protective door bags. On any spring day, this will be perfect cruising through Sandstone Canyon.

 

  1. Legal mirrors with no doors. Even with the doors removed and stored away, exclusive cowl-mounted mirrors maintain side-view visibility. Taking off the doors while not worry about mirrors definitely elevates the "cool factor" when out in Moab, on the beach, or a weekend relaxing with friends in Anza-Borrego.

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  1. Creature Comforts. With available grab handles integrated into the modular instrument panel and center console, your passenger will surely love the easily reachable "oh crap bar." Attachment points built into the instrument panel allow mounting a "bring your own device" rack. With ample 12-volt power connections, mounting and powering GoPro cameras, navigation units, phones, and other devices has never been simpler. Why give up on what makes owning a modern car great just because you want to go off-roading?  Ford is taking a stance to ensure that your 4x4 is just as comfortable as the luxury car you might have next to it in your driveway.  Speaking of luxury, did you know that there are dirt roads that lead to some of the most luxurious resorts that you can find such as Castle Hot Springs?

 

  1. Lastly, Ford's resurrected Bronco needs places to roam and climb. Did we mention that you will have Trails Offroad right at your fingertips directly onboard the Bronco? Setting itself ahead of the herd is an available segment-exclusive 12-inch SYNC® 4 system with over-the-air updates and seamless integration to the FordPass Performance app with off-road navigation. This Bronco class-exclusive feature allows owners to more easily plan, navigate, and share their off-road adventure.  "The trail mapping system available on Bronco is truly a game-changer in the off-road community," said Mark Grueber, U.S. Consumer Marketing Manager. "It works online or off on either the navigation-capable 8- or 12-inch SYNC systems and allows users to map out their adventures using one of our curated trail maps and then track, capture and share their adventures with others."

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For the record, just because Trail Offroad's content is in the Ford Bronco, we forever hold fervently to the simple litmus tests of capability, reliability, and comfort.  If a vehicle meets those three criteria – we have a deal!  We believe the Bronco meets the criteria so strongly that Trails Offroad has reserved a First Edition™.   We sincerely hope it is ready before late spring in time to drive it on the remote Engesser Pass in the rugged desert mountains of Arizona's Kofa National Wildlife Refuge.  Later in the summer, we'll scramble up Radical Hill with its sketchy incline and introduce our agile G.O.A.T to the herd of woolly mountain goats that inhabit the summit.   After all, the top of the mountain is in both our DNA and that of the Bronco.


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