The Ford Bronco may soon usurp the Jeep Wrangler as the foremost off-road vehicle. As the newest iteration of the iconic Ford Bronco preps for its 2021 release, car and truck aficionados have speculated that the Bronco could challenge and possibly even exceed the Jeep Wrangler’s long-standing popularity and dominance in the off-road market.
The Bronco has a long and storied history, first hitting the market in 1966. Since then, it has been a staple of the American outdoor scene, winning fans for its ruggedness and versatility. The return of the Bronco has been highly anticipated, with pre-orders for the 2021 model selling out quickly.
The Wrangler has been an off-roading mainstay since 1987, and its iconic design and legendary capability have made it the go-to choice for many off-roaders. But the 2021 Bronco is set to offer features that could make it a formidable challenger to the Wrangler’s dominance.
The Bronco is expected to be available in two- and four-door models, and both feature a body-on-frame design that allows for improved off-road performance. It will also feature a removable roof and doors, allowing for a more open-air experience than the Wrangler. The Bronco also has a frame-mounted high-strength steel roll cage, a feature that the Wrangler lacks.
The Bronco’s powertrain options also give it a leg up on the Wrangler. It’s expected to come with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission, both of which provide improved performance and fuel economy. The Bronco will also feature a more advanced four-wheel-drive system than the Wrangler, with a terrain management system that allows the driver to choose from seven different driving modes.
The Bronco’s advanced technology and its more rugged design could make it the go-to choice for off-roading enthusiasts. It remains to be seen if the Bronco can truly overtake the Wrangler as the preeminent off-road vehicle, but the 2021 model is certainly well-equipped to challenge the Wrangler’s long-standing popularity.