It looks like it's not just the Jeep Wrangler Ford is taking aim at. Aside from releasing the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco, the Blue Oval also released the smaller but capable Bronco Sport.
Set to compete against the likes of the Jeep Cherokee and the Jeep Compass, the Bronco Sport slots between the Escape and the EcoSport and is capable of going over any terrain thanks to its all-wheel-drive capability, EcoBoost powertrains, and rugged styling.
Just like the 2-door and 4-door Broncos, the more practical Bronco Sport gets styling cues from the first-generation model. But instead of going full retro, the Bronco Sport adopts a more retro-modern design. The circular headlights, sleek front grille, and rugged front and rear bumpers give the Bronco Sport an unmistakable look.
Setting up camp with the Bronco Sport is a cinch thanks to its overlanding-ready roof rails. This will allow users to put up a roof-tent on top of the Bronco Sport. The Bronco Sport can even load several mountain bikes on its roof or via an interior bike-rack accessory. A slide-out working table, 400-watt electric inverter, and tailgate floodlamps make for a fitting basecamp while in the great outdoors.
Inside, the Bronco Sport features a more contemporary cabin. Unlike the more rugged looks of its sibling, this one has a cozier feel to it. From its leather-wrapped seats, 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, heated and ventilated seats, and power-adjustable front seats, the Bronco Sport is comfortable yet capable.
Providing in-car infotainment is an 8-inch touchscreen with SYNC 3. It comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, as well as Ford+Alexa which serves as the car's onboard intelligent voice control. Hitting the trails soon? The new SYNC 3 infotainment system benefits from over 1,000 topographical curated trail maps. This means that users will be easily able to check out where they are exactly while out on the trail.
Under the hood, the Bronco Sport is available with two turbocharged engines. First up is the 1.5-liter EcoBoost which puts out 181 PS and 257 Nm of torque. Next is the more powerful 2.0-liter EcoBoost that cranks out 245 PS and 373 Nm of torque. Both are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with the higher-grade models benefitting from steering-wheel paddle shifters for faster gear changes.
Making the Bronco Sport capable of going over rough terrain comes down to an all-wheel-drive system. Equipped with the Terrain Management System, the Bronco Sport has seven different driving modes which include Normal, Eco Sport, Slippery and Sand, Mud, Ruts, and Rock Crawl are available on Bronco Sport. All variants of the Bronco Sport come with a fully-independent front and rear suspension, and Trail Control which serves as its off-road cruise control. Lastly, the Bronco Sport can wade through waters as high as 600mm.
To keep the occupants safe while out on the road, the Bronco Sport is available with the Ford CoPilot360 safety suite. With it, intelligent features like pre-collision assist, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot information system, pedestrian and cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, auto high beam headlights, lane-centering, as well as evasive steering assist to help Bronco Sport owners have a safer drive.
Will the Bronco Sport makes its way to the Philippines? Perhaps, but with demand for the Bronco family currently focused on the US market, it might take a while before it's made available in other markets. With a base price of USD 28,155 (or about PhP 1.395 million), the Bronco Sport could be offered as an alternative to the more rugged Bronco 2-Door and 4-Door.