Unlike eager Ford Bronco buyers, those who secured a reservation for the 2021 Bronco Sport won’t have to wait quite as long to order and take delivery of their shiny new subcompact SUVs. As Ford Authority previously reported, the smaller vehicle in the Bronco family will arrive before the larger two- and four-door, and now we’ve learned exactly when Bronco Sport production will begin, as well as when order banks opened up.
Job 1 Bronco Sport production is scheduled to start at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico on October 26th, 2020. Order banks opened up on July 14th, 2020, so those that secured a reservation for the new SUV are now able to convert them to an actual order and spec out their new rides. As we previously reported, the Bronco Sport configurator is also live, so prospective buyers can also toy around with packages, options, trim levels, and colors.
Bronco Sport buyers have a variety of trim levels to choose from, including the the Base ($26,660 starting MSRP), Big Bend ($28,160), Outer Banks ($32,160), Badlands ($32,660), and First Edition ($38,500).
Badlands and First Edition models (which have already sold out) come equipped with a host of off-road goodies including “steelie” style aluminum wheels and 29 inch Falken Wildpeak A/T tires, along with an advanced 4×4 system, seven G.O.A.T. driving modes, a specially tuned suspension, and four bash plates, to name a few.
Two engine options are offered with the new Bronco Sport, depending on which model buyers choose. Base, Big Bend, and Outer Banks models come equipped with Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost engine that’s targeted to produce 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. Badlands and First Edition models are powered by the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that produces a targeted best-in-class 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque.
Both engines are backed up by an 8-speed automatic transmission. On Badlands and First Edition models, the transmission also comes with SelectShift technology and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. In addition, 2.0L models come equipped with additional transmission and reardrive coolers.
Bronco Sport buyers will be able to choose from four different lifestyle accessory packages to suit their own individual taste, including Bike, Snow, Water, and Camping. Altogether, over 100 factory-backed and aftermarket accessories will be available at launch.