A few hours ago, Ford introduced the new generation of the Bronco family – an SUV with a long history that is familiar to anyone who has watched American films at least once. This is a very recognizable brutal model that has won the hearts of many adventure lovers in the United States and far beyond the borders of America. In the gallery below, I have attached photographs of five generations of Bronco, not including the newest.
Now look at the official video about the new Ford Bronco. How atmospheric it is and how it conveys the character of this model!
Let's see what kind of car this is. Firstly – this is a real SUV. Not one of the latter, because there are still such ones, but it is so nice that companies like Toyota, Suzuki, Jeep, Ford and some others do not turn everything legendary into dull crossovers, as Land Rover did. Remember Discovery and Defender, they are no more.
However, not as real as the Wrangler Rubicon, Suzuki Jimny and Toyota LC70. Because in these two continuous axles, the Bronco only has a rear axle. But in this case, I would not consider this a drawback, it is just another, independent suspension.
This is a frame SUV, presented in two main modifications: 3-door and 5-door (5 doors for the first time for the model), as well as in the more civilian Sport version, which I will not talk about.
Its exterior combines modernity and the history of the model. Designers did a great job, this car looks great in all natural conditions for itself, and especially off-road. And especially with the doors and roof removed!
The clearance in the version with 35 wheels is 29.5 cm, which is a lot. The angle of entry is 37.3 degrees, the exit angle is 43.3, but this is with 35 wheels. Engines – EcoBoost gasoline. 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 274 hp and 420 Nm, and a 2.7-liter V6 at 315 hp and 542 Nm. Boxes: seven-speed manual, or 10-band automatic.
The interior also has the continuity of the first brontos, but it looks extremely modern. And most importantly – not cute.
And now to my sheep. Immediately after the presentation, they threw me messages, saying, that’s what I need to buy now. And at first I thought: "Indeed, it really looks like my car, if I make money." But then I thought soberly and that’s what I came to. The Suzuki Jimny, which I have been driving for a year, is a perfect SUV for the money. The clearance of my specimen is 27 cm, almost like the Bronco has enough for me, I have a frame, two bridges, a rear block and a front one, which can be set in an hour (I don’t see the need, but everything is ready), there is a winch, there’s an awesome design and it costs 25k. Plus 7k upgrades, 32k comes out already with me.
Bronco in the version with 35 wheels costs 48k before taxes in the United States, and it is not a fact that it will come to us at all. But to bring a car to us from there is not a big problem. It just comes out more expensive, say, at 60k. I think 65-70 this model would be worth the official.
Of course, it is not these two cars that need to be compared, Bronco has a competitor in its weight. This is no less legendary Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Yes, from the factory you will not get the 35th wheels, but they can be easily put there. But in everything else, for the same money, you get a much more interesting SUV. And his design is no less brutal, we just got used to it, unlike Bronco.
What are the advantages of the Rubicon? To begin with, it is time-tested. This is important because of the sheer amount of new equipment in Ford. He also has two continuous axles, but most importantly – engines. Ford has a choice of either 2.3 or 2.7 liter gasoline eco-boosts. Not 2.0, like Land Rovers, where everything is completely sad, but anyway, what will happen after the warranty period is still unknown. But Rubicon can be equipped with a 3.0 diesel engine !!! And this is exactly for the same 48k dollars. This is a very strong argument. But even a gasoline engine here by default is 3.6 liters. It's not about how each of them will go, because you can pump anything with a turbine. The question is in motor resources.
Of course, I’m not going to update in the coming years, and by then I will just get information about how good the Ford Bronco is in every sense: both reliability and cross-country ability. But if I had the necessary amount now, most likely I would not risk it and take Rubicon. What do you think?
Watch a very beautiful video featuring Jimmy Chin – one of the most famous action photographers.