Posted by Jason Locke on 7/15/2020 to In-Depth Review
The 2021 Ford Bronco is officially back...sort of. When you and I will be able to get our grubby mitts on one remains up in the air for the time being. The good news is that on paper, the Bronco lineup seems like the Wrangler-destroyer that we've been waiting for and the trucks all look awesome thanks to the retro-futurism styling that would make the 2005 Mustangs blush. The bad news is that pricing starts off pretty high and some of the neater features mentioned in the reveal video are part of the "Sasquatch Package", whose pricing has not been released. While some of you out there in the world may be thinking that there's not much we at Stage 3 and the performance aftermarket can do to improve the Broncos or top Ford's "200 approved aftermarket parts", but we're inclined to disagree, and not just because we're stubborn. We're super-pumped for the resurrected Bronco, and we're going to be listing just about every Bronco part and accessory that we can get our hands on. Personally, my only gripe (other than price) is that there's no green paint option. An OD Green, off-road ready Bronco? Yes, please.
The 2021 Bronco will come in three different varieties: the 2021 Bronco Two-Door, the 2021 Bronco Four-Door, and the 2021 Bronco Sport. The 2021 Bronco Two-Door is the new take on the classic Bronco design. With two doors, four seats (with the back two able to fold down), and a small cargo area, the two-door 2021 Bronco is purified, crystal-clear off-road potential. With a short wheelbase, body-on-frame design, and the ability to mount up pretty impressive-sized tires at its stock ride height, the Bronco two-door is destined to give two-door wranglers a big-time run for their money. The 2021 Bronco Four-Door is likely going to be the most popular Bronco option, despite its price tag. With a similar body-on-frame construction and ability to fit big tires, but in a longer package and more room for folks with families or dogs, the Bronco four-door is going to make for an excellent adventure platform. Finally, we have the 2021 Bronco Sport which is kind of the odd duck for the Broncos. The Sport features a unibody design, though does appear that it can still fit decently-sized tires. The Sport is eerily reminiscent of the first generation Jeep Liberty KJ, though with an EcoBoost and AWD as standard, the Sport should make for a fun, sporty SUV that's excellent on the road while still be able to handle the occasional forest road without too much trouble.
Ford's starting out the 2021 Ford Broncos at a somewhat pricey $28,500 for the Sport, $29,995 for the Bronco 2-Door, and $34,695 for the Bronco 4-Door. That seems a bit steep on first glance, but our dear Ford Overlords are giving us 4x4/4WD as standard with no RWD or FWD option at all. You also get a 2.3L EcoBoost that can be paired with Ford's awesome 10-speed automatic or the new 7-speed manual that features six forward gears and a low-gear crawl mode. The 2.7L EcoBoost is also available for the higher-tier Bronco submodels, though it can only be paired up with the 10-speed automatics. Even the Base 2021 Bronco comes with pretty impressive features with Ford's new Terrain Management System and GOAT modes. The Two-Door and Four-Door Broncos can be upgraded with the optional Sasquatch Package that adds in some extra lift, 35" tires, locking front and rear differentials, and Ford's HOSS Bilstein suspension system. On the higher-tier Badlands submodel, you get a disconnecting sway bar, which makes the 2021 Bronco one of the most off-road capable OEM vehicles out there. The two-door and four-door Broncos each have removable doors and roofs, but both have body-mounted rear-view mirrors, which is something the Wranglers don't have.
According to Ford, they're offering over 200 "Ford-approved" aftermarket parts that Ford will offer direct from their dealers. We don't have details as of yet, but from the promo videos and photos, it looks like there's more than a few things from Rigid, possibly a few wheel options, roof racks, all sorts of recovery gear, fuel containers, bumper mods, tow hooks, floor liners, and probably a lot of other gear. Does this mean that the aftermarket is irrelevant? Absolutely not. There's going to be plenty of room for improvements and other Bronco accessories and parts that you'll need for your next adventure. The biggest issue right now is that we don't know the price of the very awesome Sasquatch Package, and I have a feeling that it's going to be a lot more pricey than throwing a decent of coilovers on and grabbing some lower-cost all-terrains than what Ford's offering. The Bilsteins that make up the backbone of the HOSS Suspension system are likely pretty good, but folks that are really going to be ripping around are going to want to jump to Bronco 2.0 or 2.5 coilovers. According to Ford, the Bronco 2-door has best in class approach, breakover, and departure angles, but we all know that plenty of folks are going to want more, and aftermarket front and rear bumpers will come along to provide. While Ford's offering factory off-road lighting, from what we've seen so far, there's only a few options, and a lot of folks are going to want more and there's likely going to be a ton of off-road lighting options available for the 2021 Broncos. Despite the power provided by the 2.3L and 2.7L EcoBoosts, there's likely plenty more lurking in that truck's bowels, and Bronco tuning or custom tuning will be able to unlock a bunch more power without the need for hard parts at all.
We at Stage 3 are pumped for the 2021 Bronco. We already have a 2021 Bronco Parts & Accessories up and running. We're just waiting for the onslaught of aftermarket Bronco performance parts and accessories that are sure to come out starting very soon. Check back often!
If you haven't seen the Bronco reveal video, check it out below: