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Ford has unveiled the Bronco R race prototype at the SEMA auto show today. This prototype strongly hints at the direction the new Bronco will go in terms of appearance and shape.

Bronco won at Baja in 1969, so for the 50 year anniversary, the prototype will go back to the Baja Peninsula later this month to take a near 1,000 mile off-road course to challenge the powertrain and architecture. 

The Bronco R is built on a modified version of the production body-on-frame platform.  Watch for more Bronco news in the coming months.


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Seems Ford Bronco ordering info is in the order system. Seems the little brother Bronco Sport ordering info made it into the system and was quickly caught, screen shot and uploaded for all to see.

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/ford-bronco-sport-details-order-rumor/

https://www.broncosportforum.com/forum/threads/bronco-sport-now-in-dealer-system-revealing-trims-colors-packages-options-engines-transmission.1042/

I can see @ocnblu Getting the Bronco Sport with the BadLands attitude package. Fits right in with his EV Hatred package he has downloaded into himself. ;) :P JK

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1 hour ago, dfelt said:

EV Hatred

It's more that I'm practical-minded.

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The Bronco Sport in these pics so far reminds me a lot of a styling update of the 1st and 2nd gen Escapes.. similar blocky shape. 

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4 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

The Bronco Sport in these pics so far reminds me a lot of a styling update of the 1st and 2nd gen Escapes.. similar blocky shape. 

I remember bawling like a baby on here when the just-replaced Escape took over from the second-gen, bemoaning its relatively car-like design.  Now the divergence is complete, and it is gratifying.

For example, the c-pillar has more of an angle than the d-pillar, both on the second-gen and this Bronco Sport, although it is more pronounced on the Bronco.

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3 Ford Bronco Models to be reveled soon. They gave this new image to tease us as we get close to the reveal.

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I wonder if they will do a white OJ Edition of the 2dr.

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2 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

I wonder if they will do a white OJ Edition of the 2dr.

I did read the rumor that Ford is considering an EV version. I am sure @ocnblu would down vote that. 😆

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1 minute ago, dfelt said:

I did read the rumor that Ford is considering an EV version. I am sure @ocnblu would down vote that. 😆

Yes, that would be an automatic down vote.

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@Robert Hall I could see an EV Bronco being the perfect soccer mom suburban ride.

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Not even close to hilarious

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6 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

I wonder if they will do a white OJ Edition of the 2dr.

Huh. That seems like an obsolete 20th century reference like the Spice Girls or Pepsi Free, something I'd never think about.

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11 hours ago, balthazar said:

Huh. That seems like an obsolete 20th century reference like the Spice Girls or Pepsi Free, something I'd never think about.

Yeah, but OJ was bigger than those two. 

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New Bronco looks great.  Saw a bunch of official photos on the FB. 

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On 7/10/2020 at 9:05 AM, Robert Hall said:

Yeah, but OJ was bigger than those two. 

Yeah.  He was MORE than famous.  He was IN...famous.

 

 

 

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I want to like it.

2021 Ford Bronco Buyer's Guide: Reviews, Specs, Comparisons

Its nice and all...but Im not feelin' it.

I do not know why.   But there is something amiss for me.   I think its because I really really like the Jeep.

Take a look at 75 years of Jeep - Business Insider

And I really really like this concept. And it even aint about the 392 cubic inch V8 either.

V8-Powered Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept Revealed On Bronco's ...

But Im sure the Bronco will grow on me.  Its a good looking ride despite me not being immediately smitten by it!   

2021 Ford Bronco: What We Know So Far

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I wonder what the black thingys are on each side of the hood, above the headlights. I thought they were lights, but not sure..some sort of handles? Edit: in some photos they are bright trim w/ little red lights or reflectors it looks like.

Loads of photos here..the Sport looks sharp also.

https://jalopnik.com/2021-ford-bronco-every-official-picture-we-could-find-1844370220?utm_source=jalopnik_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-07-14

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12 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

I want to like it.

2021 Ford Bronco Buyer's Guide: Reviews, Specs, Comparisons

Its nice and all...but Im not feelin' it.

I do not know why.   But there is something amiss for me.   I think its because I really really like the Jeep.

Take a look at 75 years of Jeep - Business Insider

And I really really like this concept. And it even aint about the 392 cubic inch V8 either.

V8-Powered Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept Revealed On Bronco's ...

But Im sure the Bronco will grow on me.  Its a good looking ride despite me not being immediately smitten by it!   

2021 Ford Bronco: What We Know So Far

Turbo 4 bangers are a turn off for me. While nice and should sell well for Ford, will pass on this totally.

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7 hours ago, David said:

Turbo 4 bangers are a turn off for me. While nice and should sell well for Ford, will pass on this totally.

The Twin-Turbo V6 with 400 lb-ft of torque sounds good.  

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20 hours ago, David said:

Turbo 4 bangers are a turn off for me. While nice and should sell well for Ford, will pass on this totally.

As Robert has said, they have a twin turbo v-6 available. This thing will be pretty quick for what it is. 

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47 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

As Robert has said, they have a twin turbo v-6 available. This thing will be pretty quick for what it is. 

It's light also...sounds like the Bronco is going to be in the 3950-4450lb range---same as the Wrangler.

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6 minutes ago, balthazar said:

^ Porky; both the Wrangler and this.
 

Light compared to the typical 4500-5000lb midsize SUV, though.  Remember, the Bronco and Wrangler are BOF construction, lots of heavy duty dirty bits.

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34 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

It's light also...sounds like the Bronco is going to be in the 3950-4450lb range---same as the Wrangler.

Yeah and the 2.7 moves the F150 pretty well so I'd assume it does this even better..depending if you have 35in tires or not. 

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Its not the BOF aspect that greatly contributes to curb weight.

It seemed like for a short while, Cadillac had spearheaded focused weight loss in the industry, and tangible progress was being made at many OEMs. I know that costs money, maybe at $28K, it wasn’t in the budget.

I wasn’t expecting such a little vehicle (100” WB, 175” OL) to be 4000lbs in 2021.

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      “Bronco’s advanced four-wheel-drive technology is at the core of its off-road capabilities, and at the heart of it all is Bronco’s exclusive Terrain Management System™ with G.O.A.T. Modes™ that is designed to help drivers better navigate any type of terrain,” said Mark Grueber, Bronco consumer marketing manager.
      Up to seven driver-selectable modes are offered including Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand, with Baja, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl for off-road driving.
      Two 4x4 systems are offered on all Bronco models, a base setup and advanced 4x4. The base system utilizes a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case, while the optional advanced system features a two-speed electromechanical transfer case that adds an auto mode for on-demand engagement to select between 2H and 4H. Power is distributed to a Dana™ 44 AdvanTEK® solid rear axle and Dana AdvanTEK independent front differential unit – both with available Spicer® Performa-TraK™ electronic locking differentials for improved traction over rough terrain.
      Available segment-first Trail Toolbox gives Bronco owners a suite of exclusive technologies to elevate their off-road experience. This includes Trail Control™ – cruise control for low-speed trail driving, while Trail Turn Assist tightens off-road turning radiuses through torque vectoring, and the innovative Trail One-Pedal Drive acceleration/braking control makes for more precise and confident slow-mode rock crawling.
      Segment-leading levels of off-road capability are possible thanks to Bronco’s available best-in-class 11.6-inch ground clearance, maximum 29-degree breakover angle and 37.2-degree departure angle, plus best-in-class water fording capability of up to 33.5 inches. Off-road capability is further reinforced by exposed tow hooks in the front and rear and available heavy-duty modular steel bumpers with integrated Ford Performance accessory winch mount.
      Bronco’s strategically placed steel shields protect critical hardware. Higher-capability models get an available front bash plate, plus shields for the engine, transmission, transfer case and fuel tank. For those taking on the roughest rocky terrain, Bronco’s available side rock rails are strong enough to support the weight of each side of the vehicle.
      “Bronco two- and four-door models leverage the company’s Built Ford Tough durability and performance testing and take it even further off-road with Built Wild Extreme Durability Testing in the harshest possible environments, including the brutal trails of the King of the Hammers off-road competition,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford enterprise product line management, Icons.
      Thrilling performance borne of Bronco DNA
      Thanks to Bronco’s legendary Baja racing DNA, each model brings forth a thrilling off-road experience and delivers it with modern, heritage-inspired style. It all began in a Ford design studio with a life-size digital scan of a first-generation model that served to influence the proportions and design of the all-new Bronco for maximum off-road capability and performance.
      “Similar to the first-generation model, Bronco’s square proportions, short overhangs and wide stance are optimized for off-road adventure,” said Paul Wraith, Bronco chief designer. “The side profile features a flat, no-nonsense surface with clear-cut edges and robustly flared fenders. Large, open wheel wells are a modular design with a quick-release attachment for simple customization.
      All-new Bronco architecture for two- and four-door models is based on a fully boxed, high-strength steel chassis that delivers available best-in-class suspension travel – 17 percent more both front and rear over the closest competitor to thrive in rugged environments.
      To deliver thrilling high-speed off-roading and overall driving performance, every Bronco comes with an independent front suspension for improved control, confidence and comfort. At the rear, a rugged solid axle design featuring coil springs with five locating links delivers both strength and off-road control. Long-travel position-sensitive Bilstein® dampers with end-stop control valves at every corner are available for added off-road durability and reduced harshness.
      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.
      Segment-first 35-inch off-road tires direct from the factory are available on every trim level of two- and four-door Bronco, while available segment-first beadlock-capable wheels allow customers to elevate off-road capability, regardless of price point. 
      “Race-bred EcoBoost® engines and our segment-first 7-speed manual and available 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 uses,” said Pericak.
      Best-in-class projected gasoline-powered horsepower and torque is available with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, which is projected to produce 310 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 2.3-liter EcoBoost is targeted to deliver best-in-class four-cylinder torque of 310 lb.-ft. with an expected 270 horsepower.
      For maximum low-speed rock-climbing capability, a segment-first 7-speed (6+1) manual transmission paired with the available advanced 4x4 system with automatic on-demand engagement generates a class-leading available crawler-gear ratio of 94.75:1. An available segment-first SelectShift® 10-speed automatic transmission makes for easier driving on- and off-road, while offering a maximum 67.8:1 crawl ratio with the available advanced 4x4 transfer case.
      Ready to head effortlessly into the wild
      Both Bronco two- and four-door models make the open-air experience quick, easy and fun. Two-door models come with a standard three-section roof system – left and right front sections and a rear section – molded-in color and an available premium painted modular top with four sections that adds a removable panel over the rear seats and cargo area. Four-door models have four removable roof sections – left and right front panels, a full-width center panel and a rear section. Roof panels on all models can be removed by one person by unlocking the latches from the interior. First-row panels stow away onboard on two-door models.
      All modular hardtops have rear quarter windows that are removable in three easy steps – snap, push and lift away in a fraction of the time it takes for competitors – without removing the roof panels. By locating the sportbar behind the second row, both Bronco two- and four-door models offer the largest overall open-top view in its class to take in the sunshine or to gaze at the stars at night.
      A cloth soft top, standard on four-door models, provides easy access to the open air and a unique tilt-up function for quick access to the rear cargo area. For customers who don’t want to choose between a soft or hardtop, the four-door model can be optioned with both.
      Every Bronco comes with class-exclusive frameless doors that make them easier to remove than what competitors offer. On four-door Bronco models, all four doors can be stored onboard with protective door bags. Exclusive cowl-mounted mirrors maintain sideview visibility when the doors are removed. Trail sights on the front fenders also serve as tie-downs, reminiscent of the first-generation Bronco, have a 150-pound capacity for securing longer items like canoes.
      High-tech interior designed for the outdoors
      Inside, all Bronco models are purpose-built and ready for action. The instrument panel is inspired by the first-generation model, with gauges and controls clearly visible and intuitive. Colors and materials are inspired by natural palettes and outdoor gear. With off-road functionality paramount, materials are tough and rugged.
      A multifunction color LCD instrument panel is front and center with the transmission shifter/selector and G.O.A.T. Modes controller in the center console. Available grab handles are integrated into the modular instrument panel and center console, while available MOLLE hooks are mounted in the seatbacks. Attachment points are built into the instrument panel to mount a bring-your-own-device rack, with 12-volt power connections to easily mount cameras, navigation units, phones or other devices.
      Further setting Bronco ahead of the off-road competition 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 – a Bronco class-exclusive feature that allows owners to easily plan, navigate and share their off-road adventures. The SYNC system also displays the available 360-degree camera system with class-exclusive off-road spotter views to provide additional visibility in technical pursuits such as rock crawling.
      Bronco’s advanced topographic trail maps and more than 1,000 curated trail maps are powered by class-exclusive trail content from NeoTreks’ AccuTerra® Maps, Trails Offroad trail guides and FunTreks trail guides.
      “The trail mapping system available on Bronco is truly a game-changer in the off-road community,” said Grueber. “It works online or off on either of the navigation-capable 8- or 12-inch SYNC systems, allowing users to select one of hundreds of available curated trail maps to map out and then track, capture and share their adventures with others.”  
      To make post-adventure cleanups simple, fast and painless, select Bronco models come with washable rubberized floors with integrated drains and marine-grade vinyl seating surfaces that resist mildew. Instrument panel surfaces are wipeable, with seamless silicone rubber on the dash-mounted hero switches, while rubber touchpoints protect against dirt and water. Six available upfitter switches mounted overhead are silicone-sealed to protect against the elements and to make customization easy, with pre-wired leads to key accessory points.
      A modern high-strength steel roll cage with integrated side curtain airbags in the upper structure and seats helps protect passengers from side impacts and complements driver and front passenger airbags. Available Ford Co-Pilot360™ driver-assist technologies plus standard AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ and Trailer Sway Control help instill driver confidence.
      Equipment series redefine customization
      An all-new experiential-based equipment series provides unique flexibility to align capability with the adventure interests of each customer. Seven unique Bronco series are offered, with matched color and trim combinations. When combined with four content packages, numerous available options, 11 color choices and more than 200 dealer-installable accessories, personalizing an all-new Bronco SUV has never been easier.
      Series range from a base Bronco, a no-frills SUV for those who want to customize their own, to Big Bend™, Black Diamond™ and Outer Banks™ with a variety of options and colors, topping out with Wildtrak™ and Badlands™ for more extreme off-road adventuring. A limited-production First Edition™ will be offered at launch.
      Reservations begin today

      As with the five generations before it, the all-new 2021 Bronco two-door and four-door models will be built at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. More detailed information, including vehicle specs, accessories and full pricing and options, will be provided closer to launch. MSRP for the base two-door Bronco is $29,995, including $1,495 destination and delivery. Reservations for Bronco two- and four-door models can be made for $100 beginning at 8 p.m. EDT today at ford.com. 

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