2021 Bronco Sport To Feature Unique Rear Window, Liftgate: Exclusive

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With each passing day, we’re learning more and more about the 2021 Bronco Sport. In just the past week, Ford Authority has exclusively reported that the “baby Bronco” will share its four-wheel independent suspension design with the Ford Escape, which should give it a ride more suitable for on-road use. We also detailed the Bronco Sport Badlands, providing spy shots of a prototype as it roamed around with steel wheels and and rugged looking Falken Wildpeak A/T tires. Now, we have a bit more information to share pertaining the rear tailgate and window.

Ford Authority has learned from sources familiar with the 2021 Bronco Sport that it will feature a liftgate that will open upward, much like the unit in the current Ford Escape. Additionally, the rear glass section will also be capable of opening upward, separately from the primary liftgate. This functionality will be enabled by the black-painted external hinges present on leaked photos and various spy shots.

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By comparison, the larger 2021 Ford Bronco will have a liftgate that opens sideways, a la the Jeep Wrangler, which was noted in leaked photos from a few months ago.

Presumably, Ford wanted the Bronco Sport to offer more of a traditional cargo loading experience, given that it’s a ruggedized version of what is otherwise mostly on-road vehicle.

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The Bronco, on the other hand, is more about building an ultimate off-road machine that pays proper homage to the past, and engineers also have a removable roof to contend with. It’s worth noting, however, that previous Bronco models had a traditional fold-down tailgate.

The 2021 Bronco Sport will be offered with two turbo-charged gasoline engines: the standard Ford 1.5L EcoBoost I-3 and the optional Ford 2.0 EcoBoost I-4 GTDI. Both are expected to be mated to the new Ford 8-speed automatic transmission.

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Five trim levels will be available at launch, including the base model (called Bronco Sport), Big Bend, Outer Banks, First Edition and Bronco Sport Badlands. Roughly 18 months later, a pickup variant built on the same Ford C2 platform will arrive. It is expected to be called Ford Maverick.

Early 2021 Bronco Sport production has already begun at the Ford Hermosillo plant in Mexico. These units, however, are headed for crash testing and final testing duties. The very first units of the Bronco Sport to be sold at retail are expected to begin arriving at U.S. Ford dealerships sometime in the August-September timeframe, following a delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’ll have more on the forthcoming Bronco Sport very soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Bronco Sport newsFord Bronco news and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. I knew it when I saw the original spy shots. The first Escapes had this feature. I used it for hauling longer things, keeping the hatch down and the glass up. My old Explorer had it as well.

  2. Exactly, Most makers, except toyota, for one, have eliminated this very useful feature, due to penny pinching, I assume. A feature that could push me into suv land if my Caprice wagon ever gives up the ghost.

    • If this new Bronco doesn’t have a solid axle front and rear they may as well scrap any idea of competing with the Jeep Wrangler. The tailgate should open both ways down or sideways, and have an opening upper section.
      For the record I am first and foremost a Ford purist, and a lover of Bronco’s anything that doesn’t stay true to the original is just a waste of time.

  3. If this new Bronco doesn’t have a solid axle front and rear they may as well scrap any idea of competing with the Jeep Wrangler. The tailgate should open both ways down or sideways, and have an opening upper section.
    For the record I am first and foremost a Ford purist, and a lover of Bronco’s anything that doesn’t stay true to the original is just a waste of time. Also it should include a 5.0L option.

    • So, you’re saying you don’t like change or creativity, you’re stuck in your ways, and the world is going to leave you behind. Got it. Thank you for your clearly superior line of thinking. How many years have you been on Ford’s development team?

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