After more than 24-years, the Ford Bronco finally comes back to life and this time around it is being considered a Jeep Wrangler contender that could rise to the top of the 4WD food chain.
Ford has done a lot of changes in its new Bronco, and we are glad to say the American carmaker isn’t joking around a single bit – adding top-shelf features, a good price and an amazing spec sheet to top it off.
Apart from the recent Land Rover Defender, the Ford Bronco could be what Africa needs to fight the overbearing and treacherous terrain of the unforgiving continent that has long since been known for taking down even the best there is in 4WD cars.
The Bronco, which is based on the same platform as the mighty Ford Ranger pick-up, is available in either two or four-door design, having a fully boxed, high strength steel chassis that allows for 17 percent more suspension travel. Ain’t that good news? It also comes in two base models with one being the 2021 Bronco, and the other 2021 Bronco Sport (for extreme travellers).
Of course, apart from the strong chassis, the Ford Bronco comes with a standard four-wheel-drive system with the base-spec models having a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case, while the ‘Advanced’ system has a two-speed electromechanical transfer case for auto shifting between 2H and 4H.
When it comes to the engine, Ford has made it easy for buyers to choose from either a four-cylinder with 270bhp and 310lb ft or a 2.7-litre V6 with 310bhp and 400lb ft engine sets. Plus, the amazing thing is, they are both turbocharged, run on petrol, and have ten-speed automatic transmissions.
However, the four-cylinder gets the option of a clever seven-speed manual – six regular ratios plus a crawler gear for the really serious stuff.
The Ford Bronco is practical and is exactly what every off-roader needs
The Ford Bronco isn’t about speed, and if you’re looking for that then its better you stick to something else like Lamborghini Urus, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, BMW X5M/X6M or the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe, which frankly speaking, aren’t really something you bring to the jungle.
However, what the Ford Bronco brings to the table is 11.6-inches (295mm) of ground clearance, break-over and departure angles of 29 and 37.2 degrees, 33.5-inch (851mm) wading depth including, an independent front suspension system that is backed-up with a five-link solid axle at the rear.
The independent front suspension can also come with an optional semi-active front stabiliser bar which disconnects for better axle articulation.
When you get yourself a Bronco, it will come with the standard factory 35-inch tyres and Beadlock wheels. Ford has also made huge improvements when it comes to off-road tech adding features like long-travel (a suspension system for off-road racing), position-sensitive Bilstein dampers and Spicer electronic locking differentials.
When you go for the high-spec Broncos, you get steel shield protection for the engine, transmission, transfer case and fuel tank which guard them against harm, including heavy-duty steel bumpers plus “rock rails” strong enough to support the 4×4’s entire weight.
The Ford Bronco also comes with up to seven drive modes including the Sand/Baja, Mud/Ruts, and Rock Crawl, all geared towards improving the off-road experience. There is also sat-nav which gives the driver access to topographical trail maps. There’s a lot more but we can’t mention it all.
What the Ford Bronco lacks in speed, it delivers exceptionally well in the all-terrain experience package
Apart from the off-road tech, Ford has done a great job with the design and outlook of the new Broncos adding a classic and yet edgy retro feel that brings back a lot of memories. The design, which started off as a 3D scan of the first-gen Bronco, gave inspiration to what we see today as new facelift, and is freaking awesome!
The two-door Broncos get a roof that can be removed in three sections, while four-door models have four removable sections and an optional soft-top. All Broncos get removable frameless doors, plus slights on the front wings that can also serve as tie-downs.
The interior too was designed in anticipation for the entire off-road experience giving most of the materials tougher and harder components. Some of the models come with marine-grad vinyl seats and drain plugs too.
The Broncos come in 7 different versions with the ‘First Edition’ as the fully loaded package having all the best parts of all Bronco Series in one which includes, the mechanicals of a Badlands, the interior of an Outer Banks, and exterior of a Wildtrak. It’s also a limited edition, with only 3,500 being manufactured.
One should note that the Bronco Sport is not a Bronco but rather a Ford Kuga/Focus with a Bronco-inspired body, which means its much smaller but none the less, Ford claims its a good option and offers all the expectations of off-road driving experience.
Prices start at $26,660 (UGX 98,434,398) for the Sport model, with the Bronco base model ranging from $28,500 (UGX 105,228,070) and higher basing on what you prefer. If it’s a two-door model, the price changes, the same applies to the four-door one too. You can reserve yourself one immediately by being to the Ford website.
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Author: Allan Bangirana
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