The Difference Between the 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport
The Ford Bronco is a body-on-frame truck-based traditional SUV with a longitudinally mounted engine, based on the next-generation Ford Ranger pickup truck.
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is based on the transverse-engine, FWD-based and unitized body-and-chassis of the Ford Escape crossover. These are typically described as “car-based SUVs”, but the description “unibody” suffices.
The Ford Bronco offers a choice of a 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder that delivers 270 hp and 310 lb-ft. And a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 that cranks out 310 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport shares the Escape’s two turbocharged gas engine options: a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder producing 181 hp. And a 190 lb-ft and a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder good for 245 hp and 275 lb-ft.
The Ford Bronco offers the new Ford Getrag 7MTI550 seven-speed manual gearbox. It features a super-low “granny gear” first ratio for extreme rock crawling or Ford’s version of the excellent 10-speed automatic co-developed with General Motors.
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport shares the Ford Escape’s eight-speed automatic across the range.
The Body Work
The Ford Bronco is all about “Max Air”. It offers three hard and soft top designs. Each of which offers various configurations between fully open and fully closed. Plus removable doors (which can be stowed on board the four-door). Remove all these panels, and it treats you to unlimited sun and wind and but rain and mud. A waterproof, easily cleanable marine-grade vinyl upholstery and available rubberlike floor coverings with a drain in each footwell make cleanup a breeze.
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is a “min-air” conventional SUV with a permanently attached roof and doors. There is a sunroof option. But at least its overhangs have been shortened and its suspension hiked up to encourage owners to venture farther off the beaten trail than they might attempt in a Ford Escape.
The 2021 Ford Bronco gets a control-arm front suspension and an optional front anti-roll bar disconnect device to facilitate maximum suspension articulation. At the rear is a live axle located by trailing arms and a Panhard rod. Along with serious off-road options like locking front and rear differentials and substantial underbody armoring.
The Ford Bronco Sport retains the Escape’s basic, fully independent front strut and rear multi link suspension design, though the springs and dampers are new, and the control arms and knuckles have been revised to increase track width, suspension travel, and ground clearance. The Bronco Sport’s unibody construction with independent suspension should deliver a smoother ride than the Bronco’s more off-road-capable setup.
The 2021 Ford Bronco: The two-door’s 173.7-174.8 x 75.9-79.3 x 71.9-73.8 inches and the four-door’s 189.4-190.5 x 75.9-79.3 x 72.9-75.3 inches. It should be noted, however, that the Bronco Sport’s overall length is nearly all usable body space, whereas the big Bronco length measurements are to the rear-mounted spare tire.
The Ford Bronco Sport has been characterized as the “Baby Bronco” . Though its 105.1-inch wheelbase measures between the two- and four-door Broncos’ 100.4 and 116.1-inch chassis, its length, height, and width all measure smaller than even the two-door “big” Bronco at 172.7 x 74.3 x 67.9-69.1 inches.
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