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A yellow 2021 Ford Bronco 2-door with no doors and blue 2021 Ford Bronco 4-door are parked on rocks in a desert.

Ford Bronco: The Return of a Legend

Since the 1960s, the Ford Bronco has been a staple on the streets, made largely popular in the early ’90s when it was involved in an ever-so-famous car chase involving a certain ex-football player. Although we bid adieu to the famed SUV a few years later, Bronco fans were ecstatic to learn that the popular vehicle was making a comeback. But if you’re on the hunt for a new Ford Bronco and you’re scouring the lots of Bronco dealers near and far, you may have to wait just a bit longer.

With plans to unveil the beloved Bronco last year, Ford was forced to halt production, which set them back a few months until the spring of 2021. However, this has again been pushed back until early summer. So, will we ever catch a glimpse at the all-new Bronco? Of course, the answer is yes eventually, but until then, let’s talk a little about what makes the Bronco so special and what to expect out of Ford’s resurrection of a classic, so buckle up and get ready…the Bronco is back.

A Ford Classic

The Bronco is memorable in a lot of ways and not just its ability to perform in a car chase. Known as Ford’s first sport-utility vehicle, the Bronco emerged in the mid-1960s as a result of Ford’s involvement in World War II. With the demand for military vehicles on the rise, Ford was one of the forces behind developing the vehicles which transported military personnel and their equipment during the war era. After the war, Ford took the knowledge gained from this endeavor and put it to good use, designing and building a vehicle that could perform to new levels while still maintaining a practical everyday existence. Part car, part truck, the Bronco was unlike anything anyone had ever seen, making it a popular choice among many looking for a vehicle that was different from the rest.

Throughout the decades, the Bronco underwent numerous redesigns, which just added to its allure, making it the ultimate vehicle to handle virtually any task. The Bronco has a rich history of being a versatile and capable vehicle. In the late ’90s, Ford eventually pulled the plug on the Bronco due to evolving demands as consumers desired new options for their vehicles, but you can’t keep a legend down for very long. In early 2017, Ford announced that the Bronco was coming back, causing Bronco aficionados across the country to squeal with excitement.

Although there have been some setbacks with its production, Ford is pressing forward with the Bronco launch, which is expected later this year. So, what can you expect to find in this famous Ford offering? Will it still possess its original charm, but with modern enhancements? Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 Ford Bronco.

A yellow 2021 Ford Bronco 2-door with no roof is parked next to a 1960's Bronco on sand.

2021 Ford Bronco: What’s New

Back in 1996, when the Bronco was officially discontinued, times were a lot different. There wasn’t a need for fancy infotainment systems to keep you dialed in to what’s going on at all times, and hybrid was just a futuristic term. Well, times have changed, and so has the Bronco. The 2021 reintroduction of the Bronco will feature an all-new model selection, which will include extreme off-roading options, including the First Edition model, which has already been sold out. There is also talk of a hybrid option being available as well, which will really place the Bronco into the 21st century.

Updated infotainment and connectivity options will also be found in the new Bronco, which will feature Ford’s Sync 4 technology by way of an 8-inch or an available 12-inch LCD touchscreen. Bronco drivers can expect to enjoy all the wireless options that we have come to expect in recent vehicles, in addition to available options like expert cloud-connected navigation and natural voice control. And with Over-the-Air updates, Bronco owners will be able to keep their Bronco running smoothly and efficiently. Other features used to customize your Bronco experience include an available premium Bang & Olufsen sound system and access to the FordPass app. The app provides services like roadside assistance, important vehicle details like fuel levels and service history, and the ability to earn points to use toward service, new vehicle purchases, and more.

If you’re looking to hit the dusty trails, mountainous roads, or any other type of roadway in the Bronco, you’re in luck. Its enhanced Terrain Management System allows you to traverse through any road (or off-road) conditions easily and safely. With modes like Sand, Sport, Eco, Slippery, and Normal, you’ll be able to tackle any situation like a pro. Available Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl modes can also be found in certain models to enhance the excitement of your Bronco experience no matter where you’re traveling. As you can see, Ford has made some crucial advancements to the Bronco, allowing it to hit the pavement with confidence in 2021.

Features We Love About the 2021 Ford Bronco

The 2021 Bronco not only offers a legendary appeal with its rugged appearance and extreme abilities, but it also offers a number of best-in-class options to really set it apart from the competition…as if there was any competition. Its 2.7L EcoBoost engine, available with certain trims, is expected to offer best-in-class horsepower and torque, while its 2.3L EcoBoost option is projected to provide best-in-class gas torque. The Bronco is also expected to grab best-in-class nods for ground clearance and water-fording, making it an obvious choice for those looking to embark on an off-road adventure. It will also feature class-exclusive 7-speed and 10-speed manual transmissions, which offer a more controlled ride and a heightened level of performance, especially in rough road conditions.

Another thing we love about the Bronco is its ability to capture that adventurous aura that just seems to follow it wherever it travels. Features like a removable roof and doors allow you to transform your Bronco into the outdoor exploring machine that we’ve all come to know and love, and with so many model options to choose from, finding the right Bronco for your active lifestyle is a no-brainer. For those wanting even more of an outdoor adventure experience, the 2021 Bronco is available in the Sasquatch package, which features meatier tires, front and-rear-locking differentials, and high-clearance suspension to take advantage of even the rockiest of roads. You can also expect to find all the features that make the Bronco the ultimate adventure vehicle, like easy-clean seats and floors, configurable seating, and an easy-to-navigate control panel.

A red 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is driving on a gravel road after leaving a Bronco dealer.

Buckle Up for Your Bronco Experience

For decades, the Bronco has been providing a unique experience for drivers, and with its re-emergence into the industry, Bronco fans are excited to experience this legend for themselves. Whether you’re a lifelong Bronco owner or you’ve never gotten the chance to drive one, you may be excited to get your hands on a set of keys to this “new” option in Ford’s lineup. With timeless design, paired with modern upgrades, Ford is creating quite a buzz about its capable, versatile, and fun-to-drive SUV. As we get closer to its roll-out, we’re looking forward to seeing if it lives up to its reputation. Will it be better than we could have ever imagined, or will it leave us wanting more? Only time will tell, but we have a feeling that the Bronco is back for good.

Feeling the need for a little adventure? Get your name on the list to test drive the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco at your local Bronco dealer as soon as they hit the lot. As you count down the days until you’re finally able to take one out on the open road, prepare yourself for a level of excellence that has yet to be challenged.

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