The 2021 Ford Bronco could be constructed up in myriad methods, from a hardcore base mannequin to a loaded-up and lux’d out off-roader.
After months of anticipation and not-so-patient ready from followers, the net configurator for the 2021 Ford Bronco lastly went stay on the finish of final week. Annoyingly, the configurator was instantly plagued with points because of the sheer quantity of individuals attempting to spec out their dream Broncos. (Significantly, Ford says over 190,000 folks have already reserved a brand new Bronco.)
Properly, after a soothing fall weekend, the configurator appears to be absolutely up and working now, so I set my coworkers the duty of dreaming up their ideally suited Bronco. Learn on to learn how the Roadshow workers would spec their new Bronco, after which tell us within the feedback what your dream Bronco appears like.
Craig Cole’s base Bronco
Cole’s dream Bronco is affordable n’ cheerful in Velocity Blue
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I am a fairly easy man (Learn: an inexpensive bastard). I do not want lots of frills or fancy options, which is why I saved my Bronco construct comparatively plain. Fairly than grabbing some loaded-up four-door mannequin with each bell and whistle, buzzer and klaxon Ford presents, I aimed as little as I might presumably go and went with a Base mannequin. Yep, this model is so unpretentious it does not also have a correct title, it is actually simply Base, and that is high quality with me.
As for the main points of my construct, I opted to have this untamed pony’s sporty, two-door physique painted Velocity Blue, a cheerful shade that also appears good with the assorted black exterior components, issues just like the door handles, mirror housings and fender flares. I even saved the usual 16-inch metal wheels, which really look fairly cool and ought to be far less expensive to exchange after they inevitably get scraped up or dented.
Behind that retro-inspired grille, I opted for the usual 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, not as a result of I would not love the accessible V6’s 400 pound-feet of torque, however somewhat as a result of this powerplant could be had with a guide transmission, and a seven-speed unit at that. If three pedals are provided in a car, you’ll be able to wager that is the gearbox I am going to decide on.
Lest you suppose I am utterly puritanical, I did seize a number of sensible choices. For added safety, you have to go together with the heavy-duty modular entrance bumper, which incorporates upgraded entrance bash plates. These enhancements are completely reasonably priced at simply $825. I additionally threw within the $495 sound-deadening headliner to maintain exterior noise at bay. Lastly, I grabbed the $110 keyless entry keypad so I can lock the fob in my Bronco and never fear about dropping it whereas out adventuring. On the finish of the day, with no working boards, no roof rack and no bull, my Bronco construct checked out for a completely cheap $31,315 together with choices and a usurious $1,495 in vacation spot charges. That is proof constructive that you could have a cool and succesful trip with out going bankrupt.
Steven Ewing’s Bronco Massive Bend
Ewing’s dream Bronco Massive Bend straddles the road between sport and luxury.
Look, I am not attempting to spend a ton of cash on a Ford Bronco. I do not want one thing extremely luxurious, I do not want one thing extra-capable. I simply need a enjoyable little SUV with sufficient off-road functionality to get me by means of a day of wheeling with mates, however sufficient on-road facilities that I would not hate having to do a protracted journey on this factor.
Thus, meet my 2021 Bronco Massive Bend. It is a two-door with material seats, the bottom engine, a seven-speed guide transmission and just a few bells and whistles. I really like the Space 51 paint shade and the LED headlamps are a should, and inside, I am going to take the upgraded Sync four infotainment system and, nicely, that is it. It is a comparatively easy spec, nevertheless it’s additionally just below $37,000 out the door. That is one thing I might completely get behind.
Daniel Golson’s Bronco Outer Banks
Golson’s 2021 Ford Bronco Outer Banks places an emphasis on luxurious over off-road means.
I am gonna be trustworthy, I do not actually care concerning the Bronco’s ruggedness or off-road functionality. The outside is not my factor, until you rely sitting on the seashore with a cocktail as “the outside.” However I believe the Bronco appears freakin’ superior, so my spec maximizes the on-road visible attraction with out stepping into brodozer territory. I am not an enormous fan of two-door SUVs, so I went for the four-door mannequin, and I additionally picked the twin-turbo V6 choice, as a result of I like energy and do not care about having a guide. I went for an Outer Banks mannequin, which will get body-color fender flares, aspect mirrors and door handles, in addition to the six-slot grille — my favourite of the bunch.
Cactus grey is well the perfect shade that Ford presents for the brand new Bronco, in order that was a no brainer. I added the $695 hardtop, which sadly will not be accessible in physique shade till later within the Bronco’s run, together with the $220 set of mudflaps. I am not likely a fan of the usual 18-inch wheels, however the one different choice is the 17s which are a part of the Sasquatch package deal, which I positively don’t desire. I’d simply must discover a set of aftermarket 20s, I assume.
The within is what actually made me select the Outer Banks, although. To reinforce the cactus-gray paint I selected the two-tone leather-based and vinyl seats in darkish area grey and “navy pier,” though the brown “roast” shade was attractive too. I proceeded to load my Bronco up with virtually each single choice as a result of I do not consider in base fashions. The $3,950 Lux package deal provides every kind of niceties just like the 12-inch display screen, adaptive cruise management, heated steering wheel and wi-fi charging. All in all, my Bronco involves $52,035.
Emme Corridor’s Bronco Wildtrak
Corridor’s 2021 Ford Bronco Wildtrak places the emphasis on high-speed off-roading with a little bit of versatility and tech thrown in.
Did I simply spec out a Bronco for $56,000? Hells, yeah, I did! I am extra about going quick within the filth than I’m about rock crawling, so I am choosing the Wildtrak trim. It is the one trim to get a Baja mode and if it is something just like the Baja mode within the Raptor, it ought to lock out the highest gears to maintain the revs, and the enjoyable ranges, excessive.
The Sasquatch package deal provides 35-inch tires, and entrance and rear lockers, however my private Wildtrak would additionally get some aftermarket skid plating, simply to be protected. The Wildtrak additionally will get the well-positioned Mid package deal, however I would like adaptive cruise management so I’ve to bump up my choices to the Lux package deal. It is about $3,600 however I get the adaptive cruise management, further USB ports, wi-fi charging and an upgraded sound system. That is cash nicely spent in my guide.
Kyle Hyatt’s Bronco Badlands
Hyatt’s 2021 Bronco Badlands has simply sufficient tech and luxury for around-town livability.
For my Bronco, I picked a trim that may work very well round city, however nonetheless be a lot succesful ought to I wish to take it out to some trails or into the desert for tenting. The Badlands trim is only one notch under the hard-core off-road Wildtrak model, and due to this fact has the narrower wheels and slimmer fenders, which I like from a purely visible standpoint. I additionally selected Cactus Grey as a result of it looks like essentially the most authentic-yet-toned-down Bronco shade and I am not often one for loudly coloured automobiles.
I made a decision to stay with the two.3-liter EcoBoost and guide trans (which implies no Sasquatch pack, which additionally means no manufacturing unit locking entrance diff) for a extra participating drive round city and higher gas economic system. Additionally, the aftermarket will possible have a lot in retailer for each motors, if I would like extra energy. My Bronco’s received the fitting manufacturing unit equipment (partly as a result of Badlands, partly choices), although there’ll possible nonetheless be stuff that I might need from the aftermarket — huge entrance flood lamps and a locking entrance diff, for instance — however even with out these, this ought to be a enjoyable and succesful SUV.
Chris Paukert’s Bronco Badlands
Paukert’s 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands is adventure-ready with numerous add-on equipment, nevertheless it’s received loads of tech, too.
Earlier than anybody cries shenanigans, please know that I’m really planning on shopping for a 2021 Bronco. I’ve a spot in line, and, full disclosure, my to-be-purchased rig virtually actually will not be spec’d like this. So what offers? Properly, we Roadshow staffers have been requested to create our dream spec right here, and whereas the Bronco I park in my driveway subsequent 12 months most likely will not be any cheaper, it’s going to be designed to attraction not simply to my private wants, however to these of my higher half, as nicely.
Whereas our household is certainly planning to buy a two-door Bronco that is all Sasquatchy, for this train, I’ve specced out extra of a hard-core Badlands path rig, including a heaping serving to of equipment for optimum outside versatility. Sure, I splurged on the expensive Lux Package deal gear group as a result of I’ve skilled the glory that’s 360-degree digital camera protection whereas off-roading, plus I am an enormous music buff and wish the B&O audio, too. I’ve additionally added each the roof basket (as a result of there’s not lots of cargo area for highway journeys within the two-door with a canine), and the kayak provider as a result of, nicely, we wish to paddle.
My as-spec’d value? $57,365 delivered, together with a great deal of equipment like a $2,500 winch, $850 tube doorways, and practically $800 in Yakima rackage. (I might most likely go to the aftermarket for lots of these things, however the thought of lumping all of it into one month-to-month cost is attractive.)
Why no Sasquatch choice? As a result of annoyingly, you apparently cannot have a guide transmission with the upgraded suspension and tires until you are keen to carry out for this late-availability mixture (the configurator does not presently allow each). As I might somewhat have three pedals and be pressured to go to the aftermarket for suspension and wheel upgrades, that is the perfect answer. That mentioned, I might love a V6 guide Sasquatch, Ford…
Tim Stevens’ Bronco Wildtrak
Stevens’ Bronco Wildtrak prioritizes high-speed off-roading and room for the pups.
So I will be the primary to confess I am not precisely available in the market for a Bronco, which makes me seemingly the one auto journalist not wooed sufficient by the factor. Certain, I recognize just a little off-road enjoyable as a lot as anybody, however the thought of actually sending it in one thing shiny and new and this costly is a bit alien to me.
However, I determine if I will do it, I am going to do it proper, so I am beginning with the close to top-shelf Wildtrak package deal, chosen as a result of I am extra into bombing down quick, tough roads than crawling up rocky ones. I went for the four-door to make it simpler to load in my aged pups, and to present just a little extra room for packing for these prolonged highway journeys. And, to make sure that I can get again from these journeys, I clicked on each little bit of protecting gear I might discover. Minus the brushguard, that’s, as a result of frankly it appears just a little undersized, an issue I am positive the aftermarket will gladly deal with.
I additionally added working boards, in order that my spouse can handle to get into the factor, and picked what’s in my view the perfect launch shade with the worst title: cyber orange. The ultimate package deal involves an eye-watering $57,920. However, like I mentioned, if you are going to do it…
Sean Szymkowski’s base Bronco
Szymkowski and Cole thought quite a bit alike, conserving it easy and reasonably priced.
I selected to maintain it easy, like, actually, actually easy. As a result of, for me, my Bronco does not want all the flamboyant tech and further goodies. I need a down-to-earth off-road machine, so I constructed the working man’s Bronco. I have never seen his but, however I am informed my colleague Craig Cole constructed a really related machine. Nice minds suppose alike.
To maintain my Bronco from wanting too rental-car-lot, I painted it a shade of Velocity Blue to present the SUV a splash of shade, however I completely wanted to maintain the 16-inch polished silver wheels. I do know, I might like to have the Sasquatch Package deal, however man, these wheels are so good. I additionally added a heavy-duty entrance bumper and a roof-mounted gentle bar.
Inside, it is all inventory, on a regular basis. Properly, apart from the transportable fridge/freezer mixture Ford presents. I believe it would be swell to have a chilly beverage accessible wherever I resolve to park my Bronco out on the path. I clearly need the seven-speed guide transmission, which left me with the two.3-liter turbo-four engine, however that is all proper. The Bronco’s crawler gear will probably be price it on the path, I wager.
2021 Ford Bronco construct and value configurator combos
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