2021 Ford Bronco Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs
About the All-New Ford Bronco
Making its triumphant return after over two years of absence, the Ford Bronco is back to continue its legacy as one of America’s most iconic 4X4 vehicles. Spanning from the mid-sixties through the mid-nineties, few SUVs were able to capture the hearts of American drivers quite like the Ford Bronco. Current indications point to a release in mid-2020 as a 2021 model year vehicle. The all-new Bronco will debut in both two-door and four-door variations to suit the needs of any type of SUV shopper.
Although full specifications are still to be determined, there are a handful of details which have been confirmed regarding the all-new Ford Bronco. Every Bronco will be proudly built in the USA in Wayne, Michigan – the original home of Bronco assembly from 1966 through 1996. Similar to Bronco models of the past, the all-new generation will be available with both removable doors and a removable hardtop.
Final specs have not yet been released, but there are rumors that the new Bronco will have both traditional gasoline engines in addition to a hybrid/electric powertrain as well. Indications also point towards the availability of a 10-speed automatic transmission in addition to the potential availability of a manual transmission. Stay in touch with Germain Ford of Beavercreek to get the latest updates and news surrounding the upcoming release of the all-new Ford Bronco.
Ford Bronco Timeline & Generation History
First Generation (1966-1977)
Lee Iacocca and Donald Frey, the dynamic duo who created the iconic Ford Mustang, partnered to design the Bronco as a direct competitor to the Jeep CJ. Classified as a compact SUV, the first Bronco helped many first-time owners experience the freedom, versatility, and adventurous spirit of an SUV. First-gen models were offered in 3-door station wagon, 2-door pickup, and roadster variants.
Second Generation (1978-1979)
During the fuel crisis of the 1970s, production of the second-gen Bronco was postponed until 1977 for the 1978 model year. Now exclusively a 3-door SUV, the Bronco also had expanded in size to join the full-size SUV segment. Now derived from the Ford F-Series line of pickups, the second-gen Bronco also saw the debut of its signature rear window which lowered into its rear tailgate.
Third Generation (1980-1986)
The third generation of the Ford Bronco corrected the shortcomings of the prior model. Now more lightweight and equipped with more fuel-efficient powertrains including a six-cylinder engine, the third-gen Bronco became a more attractive option for potential SUV buyers. Its new independent front suspension made the Bronco more comfortable on the road without limiting its off-road abilities. In 1984, the compact Bronco II was also launched as a smaller alternative for young couples and single drivers.
Fourth Generation (1987-1991)
As the Ford F-Series truck lineup began to expand, so did the Ford Bronco. The revised pickup served as the base for the fourth-generation Bronco which was introduced in 1987. Significant updates to this model included electronic fuel injection and rear anti-lock brakes. Special edition variants included the Eddie Bauer edition, a Nite option package, and the Silver Anniversary Edition which helped celebrate 25 years of production.
Fifth Generation (1992 – 1996)
The fifth-gen Ford Bronco was produced until 1996 when the model went on hiatus. Majort safety enhancements found on these versions included front crumple zones, a driver-side airbag, and three-point seatbelts. As market preferences shifted towards four-door SUVs with two or more rows of seating, Ford decided to discontinue the Bronco.
Sixth Generation (2021-?)
Over two decades have passed since the last Ford Bronco rolled off the production line. Now with this legendary SUV scheduled to return, it’s your opportunity to experience the adventurous spirit that made the Bronco an iconic SUV.