While 2021 Ford Bronco buyers must wait until next spring to take delivery of their shiny new SUVs, 2021 Ford Bronco Sport buyers will be taking delivery very soon. Regardless, Ford is clearly working overtime to ensure that the all-new Bronco Sport is ready to go when it reaches consumers’ driveways. In fact, the automaker is still out performing durability testing on its rugged new crossover, as Bronco Nation recently reportedly.
The last time we saw the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport out doing such grueling testing, it was at Moab back in August. Bronco Nation does not say where these new testing photos were taken, but they’re also out in the desert.
Both of the Bronco Sports depicted in these photos are Badlands models, which means they’re well-equipped for these types of conditions. They also represent both Bronco Sport wheel options – the standard 17 inch Carbonized Gray-painted aluminum wheels, and the 17 inch Carbonized Gray-painted low gloss aluminum “steelie-style” wheels. Ford Authority was the first to report that the “steelie” wheels would be used in conjunction with the range-topping Badlands trim.
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), which sold out shortly after it became available.
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 rear-drive coolers.