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A Ton of Details Have Been Confirmed About the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport


April 3, 2020 Cars By

The bevy of launch events planned to usher the all-new Ford Bronco into the world have been postponed — for obvious reasons. But Bronco-related leaks are still arriving at a furious pace. We caught our first glimpse of the Bronco Sport crossover a couple of weeks ago when pictures snuck onto the internet; then, Connecticut-based performance shop Juggernaut Performance has posted what appear to be details about the 2021 Bronco Sport pulled from Ford’s dealer ordering system onto its Facebook page. Now, paperwork filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by Ford (and dug up by the Bronco Sport Forum) has confirmed much of that earlier leak.

Here’s a rundown of the information revealed.

Powertrain

According to the leak, the Bronco Sport will share an engine lineup with its platform-mate, the Escape. The smaller engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder that puts out 180 horsepower in the Escape. The larger engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that puts out 250 horsepower. Both engines will use an eight-speed automatic.

Unlike the Escape, all Bronco Sport versions will come with all-wheel-drive.

Trims and Colors

The leak shows five initial trim levels, most with evocative names: the base model, the Big Bend, the Outer Banks, the Badlands and the First Edition. It shows 10 exterior color options: Alto Blue Metallic TC, Area 51, Cactus Gray, Carbonized Gray, Cyber Orange Metallic TC, Iconic Silver, Kodiak Brown, Oxford White, Rapid Red Metallic TC and Shadow Black. It shows two roof options — black and gray. Interior options include cloth seats with a choice of Orange or Area 51 trim, or black leather.

Wheels and Tires

The leak shows that the Bronco Sport will have a 105.1-inch wheelbase, which is 1.6 inches shorter than the Escape. The leak shows gray and carbonized gray 17-inch wheel options and two tire size options — 225/65 R17 A/T and 235/65 R17 A/T.

A Towing Package

The leak shows a Class 2 Tow Package option, which suggests the Bronco Sport may be able to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

The NHTSA document filed by Ford (via Bronco Sport Forum).
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Tyler Duffy

Tyler Duffy is Gear Patrol's Motoring Staff Writer. He used to write about sports for The Big Lead and The Athletic. He has a black belt in toddler wrangling. He's based outside Detroit.

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