Ford is engaged on a small SUV with rugged appears and off-road capabilty to rival the Jeep Renegade. We first acquired affirmation of the brand new SUV in early 2018 and prototypes first began showing shortly thereafter.
It shall be known as the Bronco Sport, Ford introduced Monday, and it’ll debut alongside a contemporary iteration of the enduring Bronco—out there in two- and four-door guises—on July 13. All three are a part of a brand new Bronco household of automobiles, Ford mentioned in its announcement.
But the Bronco Sport and conventional Bronco shall be fairly totally different in philosophy. While the Bronco shall be based mostly on the rugged body-on-frame platform of the Ranger mid-size pickup truck, the infant Bronco shall be twinned with the newest Ford Escape. This means the car-like unibody platform often called C2.
2021 Ford Bronco Sport leaked through Off-Road.com
The prototype is closely camouflaged however we already know what the Bronco Sport appears like because of a leaked photograph that surfaced a few years again. The photograph was taken throughout a seller presentation.
It exhibits a car that clearly recollects the unique Bronco of the 1960s, with completely spherical LED lights and the Ford nameplate spelled out throughout the grille. The facet profile is characterised by a nifty shoulder line that strikes up from the rear passenger door deal with to the window.
Inside, the Bronco Sport will characteristic a rotary gear selector, an digital park brake, a big infotainment display screen, actual buttons and knobs for the local weather and infotainment methods, and pushbutton begin.
2021 Ford Bronco Sport spy shots – Photo credit score: S. Baldauf/SB-Median
It is not clear what Ford has deliberate for the powertrains however you possibly can rely on some, if not all, of the identical items discovered within the Escape making an look. A four-wheel-drive system shall be customary.
In the Escape, patrons with gas effectivity in thoughts can go for hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrains. Both are powered by a 2.5-liter inline-Four teamed with an electrical motor and a constantly variable transmission. For efficiency followers, there is a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. There’s additionally a 180-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3, although we do not anticipate this selection within the Bronco Sport.
When the Bronco Sport will arrive at dealerships is not clear, however we all know it’ll arrive as a 2021 mannequin. We additionally know manufacturing shall be dealt with at Ford’s plant in Hermosillo, Mexico.