D.he hottest car on the American market is not a Porsche, a McLaren, and certainly not a Tesla. The car everyone wants to drive right now is the Ford Bronco. The new edition of the 4×4 classic from the sixties and seventies is currently trading significantly above the list price.
The object of desire is above all the new Bronco with the more powerful of the two engines that are on offer. The 2.7-liter V6 develops 310 hp. As a special Outer Banks model with synthetic leather seats, the large navigation package and a few extras, it costs around $ 51,000. The second engine is a 270 hp 2.3-liter four-cylinder from the Ford Mustang.
The Bronco 2021 plays quite openly with the not always glorious history of the original model, which was discontinued in 1996. But the 4.41 meter long new edition not only looks back, it is a modern car. The countless customization options make it appear inside and outside like a toy car from Lego or Playmobil. “We started the Bronco family to improve every aspect of the off-road adventure, adding world-class chassis hardware and exclusive technology to raise the bar in the rugged 4×4 segment and take people further into the wild lead, ”says Ford CEO Jim Farley.
The direct competitor of the new Bronco is primarily the Jeep Wrangler. But secretly, Ford also wants to attract customers with its new edition who enjoy the original models of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, a Toyota Land Cruiser or the Land Rover Defender. Anyone who drives the Bronco will want the sound of a V8 despite a maximum torque of 540 Nm. But that’s not planned for the time being, but a purely electric version should come in 2023. With the gigantic 35-inch wheels of the off-road version, the Ford drives like a modern off-road vehicle with an admittedly noticeably high center of gravity and correspondingly strong pitching and rolling movements. You shouldn’t be too fast on winding roads. The practical consumption of 10.8 liters of Super per 100 kilometers remained bearable. While the four-cylinder transmits power with a manual seven-speed gearbox, the V6 features a well-coordinated ten-speed automatic.
Stately ground clearance of around 30 centimeters
On the road, the engine power is transferred to the rear axle. All-wheel drive and a reduction ratio can be selected using a rotary switch on the center tunnel. There are also differential locks for the front and rear. The stately ground clearance of around 30 centimeters ensures that you can also be on the move away from the paved roads.
Like the Wrangler, the Bronco is also available as a longer four-door model; the roof modules can be removed in individual segments in a few simple steps and stowed in the back of the vehicle. There, the rear seats are more of a makeshift solution, especially in the two-door model. A soft top is also available on request; the doors can then be removed completely with a little effort, as with the Jeep Wrangler.
The base model of the Ford Bronco starts at $ 28,500. The special model driven is almost twice as expensive, in each case based on the list prices, which currently hardly play a role anyway. The short Bronco manages 180 km / h with conventional tires. At Ford in Cologne there are currently no plans to bring the all-wheel drive to Germany. It’s a shame, some will say. But it also took longer with the Mustang Coupé.