I know, it’s not much of a surprise that I’m aching to drive the 2021 Ford Bronco – in 2021!
With any luck and a great deal of patience, I will (hopefully) get a chance to take the 2021 Ford Bronco off-road. That’s all I want for 2021. Seriously, bring on the plague, natural disasters, wars, bad movies – I can take it! As long as I get a chance to drive the 2021 Ford Bronco off-road – it will be worth it.
… but not just any Bronco…
I want to drive the base-model, two-door, 7-speed Bronco with the Sasquatch package. Yep, the most off-road capable version of the truck, that’s affordable. In my mind, this could be one of the best off-road bargains out there.
Here’s what you get in the 2021 Ford Bronco (I want to drive):
- The 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. That is more than comparable to most V6 powerplants. On top of that, having a turbocharger will help in the Rocky Mountains for sure. Also, that’s an aluminum four-banger, so it’s not too heavy.
- Seven-speed manual transmission with a crawl gear. Lemme say that again – 7-speed MANUAL transmission with a remarkable 94.75:1 crawl ratio. Just the idea of being able to row my gears… it feels like freedom. That crawl ratio is sick!
- The Bronco with the Sasquatch package should weigh under 5,000-lbs. Along with larger 35-inch tires, the package gives you a locking rear AND front axle (with a 4.7 final drive ratio). You also get slick-looking, bead-lock-capable 17-inch wheels with 35-inch mud-terrain tires. On top of that, you get the beefed-up suspension (1.2-inch lift, heavy-duty Bilstein shocks) and “high clearance fender flares” for the big rubber. The package costs $4,995 – which is a bargain for all the kit you get.
- I believe that the base model with the Sasquatch Package (and nothing else) should have an MSRP of about $36,000. Granted, the base model Jeep Wrangler Rubicon gives you a little bit more off-road kit – but it’s more expensive. I could not seem to configure a 2021 Wrangler Rubicon (2-door) for less than $40,000. So, the Bronco could be the best off-road bargain going.
- Finally: I just dig the way it looks. Next to the Wrangler and, maybe the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 – the Ford Bronco just looks bad-ass. Also, I have to say, I’m pretty stoked about trying out the Bronco Sport as well. Although it’s a crossover, I feel it will be a massive success if it’s as good as may say it is. Off-road, the Sport is supposed to be as good, if not better than the Jeep Compass Trailhawk. Gotta see that for myself!
Yep, 2021 is shaping up to be a MUCH better year than 2020… especially if I get my paws on that Bronco!
What about you guys?