Ford Bronco? Stock? Nah, must fit more gear!
When you’re an off-road enthusiast, you don’t just take your stock SUV, throw it at the terrain and call it a day. No, no, you’re going to make that rig yours, and fit some gear to make it an even better earth-conquering machine. Ford knows that, and more to the point the new Bronco needs to at least match the Jeep Wrangler tit for tat to woo buyers away from the dominant choice in American off-roaders. Fortunately, like the automaker does with the F-150 Raptor, pre-wired upfitter switches will be available on most Bronco models.
There is a slight caveat there — you will have to shell out some extra cash on the lower trims. On a Base Bronco or Outer Banks, the switches are a $195 option. They come standard on Black Diamond, Wildtrak, Badlands and First Edition models, so you won’t have to worry if you were already aiming for one of those. Even if you do have to pay for it, the extra price isn’t a huge ask for the convenience.
So what does Ford offer?
Six upfitter switches, for a start, to the Wrangler’s four. The five factory-installed harness connections are located throughout the car, up toward the A-pillar and roof for overhead lights, out back for any accessories you want to put back there, and there’s a glove box connection in case you need power there too. There’s also a front terminal connection for bumper light bars, so most everything you’d want to fit should be as plug-and-play as possible. Of course, plenty of people will go far beyond what’s pre-wired here, but it’s a good start, particularly if you want clean routing for all those accessories.
Should you buy the 2021 Ford Bronco on its switch advantage over the Wrangler alone? Obviously not, but with this revelation at least the two SUV rivals are pretty close to feature parity with each other. One-upmanship notwithstanding, you shouldn’t lose out on any must-have features if you’re cross-shopping these two.