For over two decades, SUV enthusiasts were begging the Blue Oval company to bring back the legendary Bronco. Nowadays, we have two of them. Besides the long-awaited body-on-frame Bronco, we will also see a smaller SUV, which will ride on a unibody platform, as Bronco Sport. The 2021 Ford Baby Bronco will feature significant design differences, but it will also have a lot in common with the standard BoF Bronco.
This seems like a perfect affordable alternative. Besides the lower price, the obvious benefit is the fact we are talking about a vehicle that is essentially a crossover. In practice, this means we may count on pretty good on-road driving characteristics. Still, that doesn’t mean it won’t be capable off the road. Moreover, it should be one of the most capable models in the class, along with similarly-sized crossovers from Jeep. This model will borrow many parts from Escape, including the engines. We expect to see it early next year.
2021 Ford Baby Bronco Design
When it comes to base design characteristics, the first thing we should mention is that we are essentially talking about a crossover. Despite that it carries a legendary nameplate, the 2021 Ford Baby Bronco is actually using a unibody platform. It has most things in common with the Ford Escape, which is one of the most popular crossovers in Ford’s lineup.
On the other side, the visual appearance of this model is pretty unique. It closely resembles the new BoF Bronco and features a pretty similar front face, which should be used for the upcoming Maverick pickup truck as well. Despite being a crossover, it features a rugged boxy shape, in the manner of a genuine off-road vehicle. After all, this crossover will offer a pretty respectable approach and departure angles. Moreover, the base model will be able to deal with 17.7 inches of water, while the most capable version raises this number all-away up to 23.3 inches. When it comes to dimensions, this small SUV will be 172.2 inches long, while the wheelbase will go over 105 inches. This means pretty short overhangs, so it’s no wonder that approach and departure angles are so respectable.
When it comes to interior design, the latest reports suggest that the 2021 Ford Baby Bronco will closely resemble its bigger brother. We count on the same design approach when it comes to the dashboard design, though everything will probably be simplified and less quirky. Of course, the new model should be fully-loaded with advanced tech features and we presume that most of them will directly come from the Escape. Of course, we count on the same 8-inch infotainment system, equipped with the company’s well-known SYNC3 infotainment system, which is intuitive and pretty easy to use, in general.
When it comes to the passenger space, there is no doubt that the long wheelbase will ensure enough legroom, while the boxy shape guarantees a sufficient amount of headroom. The cargo area will offer pretty respectable numbers as well. According to the company, the total cargo volume will go over 65 cubic feet, which would be some of the highest ratings in the class.
Of course, we also count on a full load of safety features in the offer for this crossover. All models will come standard with Ford’s Co-Pilot360 package of advanced systems, which includes things like braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assist. Additionally, you’ll be able to get things like adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist and speed traffic sign recognition.
2021 Ford Baby Bronco Engines
When it comes to the powetrain, the 2021 Ford Baby Bronco will use the same units as Escape. Therefore, base models will feature a familiar 1.5-liter engine with 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. You may also count on a bigger 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 245 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission.
Some sources also suggest the possibility to see a hybrid version, which would probably use a familiar setup, based on a 2.5-liter gasoline engine.
2021 Ford Baby Bronco Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2021 Ford Baby Bronco sometime in the first half of the next year. base models will probably go around 26.500 dollars.