After years of waiting, we’re finally counting down the days until the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport and its big brother, the Ford Bronco, are unveiled. We recently learned that the Bronco will be revealed on July 9th, which just happens to be O.J. Simpson’s birthday. And we expect the Bronco Sport to emerge around the same time, if not sooner. One thing we didn’t have specific details on, however, were actual Bronco order and delivery dates. Until now, that is.
Bronco6G recently leaked the Bronco Sport and Bronco order and delivery dates in a post that reportedly came from a Ford dealer. According to the post, the Bronco Sport will be available to order on July 1st, with deliveries starting in November. The Bronco order banks are set to open up in December, with deliveries beginning in April of 2021. Not a bad Christmas present, we’d say.
This is great news for those eyeballing a Bronco Sport, as they’ll only have to wait a couple of weeks to place their order. Bronco fans will obviously have to wait a little bit longer, but at least now we have some clarity on the situation. And judging by what we know so far, the reborn off-roader will be well worth the wait.
A series of new spy photos that emerged last week confirmed that the 2021 Bronco will be available with a seven-speed manual transmission equipped with a granny/crawl gear. A 10-speed automatic transmission is also expected to be available.
Those photos also revealed the presence of the Ford 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine used in the current Ford Ranger. We already know that the Bronco will be available with Ford’s 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine, as Ford Authority was the first to report earlier this year. A Bronco Raptor could join the lineup in 2022 and might come equipped with Ford’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6.
Both two- and four-door versions of the Bronco will be available at launch, and a pickup truck variant will follow around 18 months later. Several roof options will be offered, along with at least two tire packages – one for off-road use, and another for on-road use. Additionally, there will be three grille options to choose from, as Ford Authority was first to exclusively report.
Meanwhile, the Bronco Sport, which will share its four-wheel independent suspension design with the Ford Escape, will come in a Badlands variant with steel wheels and and Falken Wildpeak A/T tires. It will also have a liftgate that opens upward, while the regular Bronco’s tailgate swings out, as Ford Authority recently reported.
The Bronco Sport will be available 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 Ford’s 8-speed automatic transmission.
Five trim levels will be available at launch, including the base model Bronco Sport, the 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 Ford Bronco will be built at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant alongside the Ranger.