We were already supposed to have seen Ford’s Bronco Sport crossover, aka “baby Bronco”, in the flesh at the New York International Auto Show earlier this month. But the COVID-19 breakout ruined those plans, and the reveal got pushed back. Luckily, our spies just managed to capture the Ford Bronco Sport interior completely uncovered.
Overall, the center stack of the upcoming rugged CUV is exactly how Ford Authority described it in our detailed report earlier this month, with a large widescreen stacked up high, followed by a set of vehicle and multimedia controls. The screen is followed by a storage bin that, in these photos, houses a cell phone. The engine stop-start button resides to the left of that bin. That area is then followed by an HVAC control panel.
Another storage bin, this one larger than the one mentioned previously, rides at the bottom of the center stack, just at the foremost part of the center console. That bin is followed by Ford’s rotary gear selector and an electronic parking brake. To the right of those two items is a set of cupholders.
Judging by its urethane-like finish, the steering wheel seen in these photos seems to belong to a base model, and it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to expect higher-end models to have a leather-wrapped wheel.
The cabin also features an orange color accent in the center console area as well as on the doors. Ford Authority was first to report on the fact that the Bronco Sport would offer bright, tastefully-applied interior accents.
Other items of note include the fact that the Ford Bronco Sport interior has a rather blocky and upright aesthetic to it that’s most notable in the gauge cluster cover as well as in the AC vents. That blocky design trait suits the rugged crossover’s equally blocky and upright exterior shape.
As we mentioned above, Ford was originally planning to reveal the Bronco Sport at the 2020 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) two weeks ago. Unfortunately, the coronavirus outbreak altered those plans; NYIAS has now been postponed until August, causing Ford’s reveal plans to also be pushed back. Similarly, Bronco Sport production has also been delayed by two months, from July to September. Despite the delays, a launch for the 2021 model year continues to be part of the plan, according to Ford Authority sources.
Colloquially known as the “baby Bronco”, the Ford Bronco Sport will be based on the Ford C2 platform shared with the 2020 Ford Escape, 2020 Lincoln Corsair, as well as the international-market 2019 Ford Focus. However, the Bronco Sport will look totally different from its platform mates by having an upright, boxy appearance with rugged design cues.
The Bronco Sport will come from a choice of two small-displacement, turbo-charged engines: Ford’s 1.5L I-3 Dragon engine will be the standard mill, while the ubiquitous Ford 2.0L I-4 will be optional. Both engines will likely be mated to Ford’s new 8-speed automatic transmission co-developed with General Motors. Five trim levels will be on tap at launch: base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, Badlands, and First Edition. Production will take place at the Ford Hermosillo plant in Mexico.
The “baby Bronco” / Bronco Sport will be joined by the “real” Ford Bronco, which will be a body-on-frame model available as a two- and four-door SUV, as well as a pickup truck. That model is expected to launch several months after this Bronco Sport.