The New Ford Bronco Comes to Canada!
Updated: Jul 15, 2020
After a 24-year hiatus, the Ford Bronco is bucking back!
At first glance, the Bronco looks like the offspring of a Jeep Wrangler and the Land Rover Defender, which in my eyes isn’t a bad thing. Aside from some questionable styling cues like the little black antennas over the, it’s a strong looking brute with a strong curb appeal.
So here are the basics:
In Canada, the Bronco will start around $40,199 CAD. But that’s just where things start. Your first-choice decision will be to choose between the 2 door and 4 door model. After that, you get to choose from some slightly corny, but nevertheless fitting names: Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Wildtrak and Badlands. The U.S. also gets a limited “Special Edition” at launch that won’t be offered in Canada. And once you figure that out, there are over 200 accessories offered at launch!
There is also a cross over style version available called the Bronco Sport. Which starts around $32,199 and tops out at $40,199.
As for engines:
For now, the only options available are all part of Fords EcoBoost line (aka turbocharged). The base 2.3L four-cylinder makes 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, but you can upgrade to a twin-turbo 2.7L V6 good for 310 horses and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s sad to see no V8 option, but given that even the Ford Raptor lost that battle years ago, its not unexpected.
The ten-speed auto is the only option for the V6. But the Four-cylinder Broncos get the option of a seven-speed manual (actually a six-speed with a “crawler” gear). Two transfer cases will be available, depending on trim: two-speed with shift-on-the-fly or an advanced system with an “auto” 4×4 setting that can be used on for the asphalt or offroad. You also get Dana front and rear axles, with the option to include a Spicer electronic locking diffs and Bilstein shocks, and final drive ratio ranging from 3.73:1 to 4.7:1
Other fun bits:
If you decide to equip the 35-inch mud-terrain tires on Beadlock-capable rims, on the top-end model, you'll be looking at 11.5 inches of air space between you, and the ground below. This allows for a 43.2-degree approach angle, 26.3-degree break over, and 37-degree departure.
If you don’t understand what any of that means, there are plenty of fancy electronics to help make you look like you know what you're doing. This includes rock crawl and mud/ruts drive mode, and trail control, which is basically low-speed cruise control for off-roading.
For your solo, rock crawling missions here are cameras in front of the wheels so you don’t need a spotter. And to ensure you capture all your crazy off-road adventures there is a dash rack to mount a phone or GoPro. And in case you get lost, Ford also has off-road navigation that can track and capture where you’ve been so you can share it with fellow off-roaders.
And once you arrive at your destination you will be able to sit back on your slide out tailgate seat and crack a cold brew using the built-in bottle opener. And just in case you need to bring anything else with you, max towing capacity on all models is 3,500 pounds.
So if your someone with a craving for outdoor adventure and $100 burning a hole in your pocket, this might be the perfect truck for you!