4×4 is standard on 2021 Ford Bronco Sport
Bronco Sport aimed at Compass Trailhawk
It is powered by a 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport enters the small SUV segment with off-road capabilities rarely seen in its competitors.
Like the two-door and four-door Bronco models unveiled today, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport adopts the G.O.A.T. philosophy of “go over any terrain”. Sized for the city but designed for the trails, the Bronco Sport only has the Compass Trailhawk as a direct competitor.
“Bronco Sport has the toughness and smarts to help turn off-road novices into 4×4 pros,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer. “Bronco Sport embraces the needs of outdoor enthusiasts – every inch of it was designed and engineered with weekend adventurers in mind.”
Two mountain bikes fit in the back of the Bronco Sport
The name of the game with the Bronco Sport is versatility, as well as all-terrain capability. Ford says two mountain bikes can fit upright in the back of the Sport, and there are over 100 standalone accessories to carry everything from kayaks to skis.
There are zippered seatback pockets, MOLLE straps and LED floodlamps built into the liftgate that illuminate up to 129 square feet. The rear window can flip up, there’s a built-in working table, and a cargo management system as well. There’s also a 400-watt inverter. An available rubber flooring in the cockpit and cargo area makes for easier cleanups.
A look at technology
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport will get SYNC 3 infotainment housed in an 8-inch touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Ford Co-Pilot360 system will be offered with active driver technology features such as Pre-Collision Assist, Automatic Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Dynamic Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring, and more.
Off-Road features in the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport will come standard with 4×4 capability. It will also feature a twin-clutch rear-drive unit with a differential lock that can transfer almost all the engine’s power to the right or left wheel.
Trail Control technology is a low-speed assisted driving system similar to cruise control, but for an off-road trail. The system works up to 20 mph (32 km/h) and can control throttle as the driver focuses on steering. There’s an available front camera with a lens washer to better see objects ahead.
According to Ford, Bronco Sport models can wade through up to 23.6 inches depending on the trim. Front tow hooks that can withstand equivalent to the weight of the Bronco Sport are included as well.
The most rugged Bronco Sport model, the Badlands trim, is equipped with 28.5-inch all-terrain tires while 29-inch tires are available.
Ford’s Terrain Management system offers 7 driving modes including Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Sand, Mud/Ruts, and Rock Crawl. The last two are only in the Badlands model.
Two EcoBoost engines in the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport
The Ford Bronco Sport will get a base 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine with 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque which it shares with the Ford Escape. A 2.0-litre EcoBoost with 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque will power the Badlands model.
An 8-speed automatic is standard, but the Badlands model gets paddle shifters.
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport starts at $32,199 in Canada and can be reserved with a $100 deposit at Ford.