With all the attention and interest surrounding the sixth-generation 2021 Ford Bronco, it’s easy to forget that the Ford Bronco Sport is also a pretty big deal. Like its bigger brother, the Sport is designed to offer excellent off-road capability, but in a small, easy-to-live-with, and more affordable package. And most importantly, it appears that consumers are quite interested in the “Baby Bronco,” too.
“We have both reservations and orders and we’re really happy with the feedback we’re getting from the dealers, with people coming in and asking about [Bronco] Sport,” Jovina Young, Bronco Sport marketing manager, told Ford Authority executive editor, Alex Luft, in a recent interview.
When asked, Young didn’t put an exact figure on Bronco Sport orders and reservations.
The Blue Oval did officially announce that it received 165,000 reservations for the larger two-door and four-door Ford Bronco models during the first three weeks of availability. Reservations for the Bronco Sport opened at the same time as the new models were revealed back in July, but the Sport is able to be both reserved and ordered at this time, since it will be the first model to go into production.
The all-new, 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is based on the Ford C2 platform shared with the fourth-gen Ford Escape, first-gen Lincoln Corsair, and the 2019 and newer Ford Focus sold in international markets.
The rugged crossover’s base engine is Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost turbocharged three-cylinder, which produces 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque, mated to Ford’s 8 speed automatic transmission.
The Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder is optional. The up-level four makes 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to an 8 speed SelectShift automatic transmission equipped with an oil cooler and manual shifting mode with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.