Ford is ready to take on Jeep. Not only with the new Bronco, but also the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, which will rival the Jeep Cherokee and Compass. While the 2021 Bronco is a full fledged off roader, the smaller Bronco Sport is a little less capable, since it shares its unibody platform with the Ford Escape.
Since it’s based on the Escape’s platform, there’s no surprise that it doesn’t have features like, a solid rear axle or locking front and rear axles. Instead the Bronco Sport is the perfect alternative to the Escape, which has gotten a lot more carlike in its latest generation.
The 2021 Bronco Sport will be offered in base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, Badlands, and First Edition trim levels.
The Bronco Sport will offer two engine options, a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder with 181 horsepower or a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 245-hp. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The Bronco Sport also gets a terrain management system called G.O.A.T, which stands for Goes Over Any Terrain. It includes Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, and Sand modes. If buyers go for the Badlands or First Edition models the system also has Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl modes.
The Bronco Sport can tow up to 2,200 pounds and ford water up to 23.6 inches. There’s also an off road cruise control system that can maintain speeds up to 20 mph going forward or 6 mph in reverse.
Inside there’s an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Leather seats, a B&O audio system, and navigation are optional.
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is slated to arrive this fall starting at $28,155, including destination. You can reserve one now for $100 at Ford.com.