Report: 2021 Bronco to come with manual transmission, 33" tires, 17" wheels

Administrator

Administrator
Staff member
First Name
Doug
Joined
Jan 26, 2015
Messages
1,153
Reaction score
13,387
Vehicle(s)
Ford
Clubs
 
Via TFLCar

A most recent report from a Ford dealership suggests that the long-anticipated 2021 Ford Bronco will offer a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, and it will roll on 33-inch off-road tires with 17-inch wheels. It appears that Ford has the Jeep Wrangler squarely in its sights with the new Bronco....

This report comes from a TFLcar viewer after a conversation with a local Ford dealer. Ford does not officially comment on future products, so we must take this information with a grain of salt until Ford releases details on its own.

All the information we have so far suggests that the new Bronco will have a retro-inspired rugged design and many unique features as well. The news here is another report that the Ford Ranger-based Bronco will be offered with a manual transmission, as well as an automatic.

We expect the big Bronco (aka. “full-size Bronco”) to be offered with at least a 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine and a 10-speed automatic. The Jeep Wrangler is currently offered with a 6-speed manual transmission, so Ford may be wanting to offer this option to square off against its rival.

Another piece of news is that the Bronco will have 33-inch off-road tires. Again, this compares directly against the wheel/tires available on the Wrangler Rubicon.





Advertisement

 

Stampede.Offroad

Badlands
Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 31, 2018
Messages
2,078
Reaction score
3,601
Location
SD
Vehicle(s)
junk
"This report comes from a TFLcar viewer after a conversation with a local Ford dealer."
Yeah ... its essentially "we heard it from a guy who heard it from a guy"

It's basic enough information that its probably true though, even if the source is bogus. Tire size is kind of a given, we've seen those on mules. The manual transmission has been known for a while, but not explicitly stated by Ford that the MT88 was going into the Bronco.
 

JimmyDean

Badlands
Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 10, 2019
Messages
1,746
Reaction score
3,971
Location
Louisiana
Vehicle(s)
82 Bronco, 513 ci; 71 mach 1, 351C; 06 F-250, 6.0; 56 800, 172c.i. gas
Ford, if you're watching, I'll give you the source for a noteable discount on a Mustang and/or Bronco.
 

phillyfx4

Outer Banks
Well-Known Member
First Name
Rich
Joined
Jun 3, 2016
Messages
319
Reaction score
452
Location
Phila., PA
Vehicle(s)
2008 F 150 4X4
W-O-A-H …..stop the presses :whew::whew::whew:

:crackup::crackup::crackup::crackup::crackup::crackup::crackup::crackup::crackup::crackup::crackup::crackup:
 

BroncoRevital

Badlands
Well-Known Member
First Name
Zak
Joined
Mar 27, 2017
Messages
681
Reaction score
1,502
Location
San Diego
Vehicle(s)
Toyota Tacoma, past; 94 FB, 86 FB, 84 Bronco2
Clubs
 
And they call it “full size”. What crappy journalism.
Oh man now the rumors and misinformation parade are going to form into a riot. @Nickp and @Midnight Blue heads are going to explode. :surprised:

This is exactly the kind of thing I was talking about with TFL and other media outlets. It's not us here that throw the information and rumor train off track it's sloppy media outlets.

Ford needs to start making some real statements soon because this stuff if inevitable when you say nothing.
 

Nanook

First Edition
Well-Known Member
First Name
Jonathan
Joined
Jul 27, 2019
Messages
375
Reaction score
490
Location
Arizona
Vehicle(s)
Ford Raptor, Ford Fusion, Ducati Diavel
Awesome! We are getting the FSB :giggle:

But will Ford offer the coyote?!!
 

Carolina Jim

Black Diamond
Well-Known Member
First Name
Jim
Joined
Aug 19, 2019
Messages
3,007
Reaction score
8,199
Location
Highlands
Vehicle(s)
Renegade
I don't remember who posted these extrapolated dimensions...but I'm curious if the group still thinks they hold true?

upload_2019-9-25_7-19-4.png
 

Stampede.Offroad

Badlands
Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 31, 2018
Messages
2,078
Reaction score
3,601
Location
SD
Vehicle(s)
junk
I don't remember who posted these extrapolated dimensions...but I'm curious if the group still thinks they hold true?

upload_2019-9-25_7-19-4.png
Ballpark. We don't know what the sheet metal looks like or where the bumpers are, so most of the angles are quite speculative.

The mules suggest 96" and 112" for wheelbases, but we don't know which parts are mule and which belong to the Bronco ... so we don't really know anything beyond the most vague details.

It will be shorter than a long bed pickup and longer than a unicycle. :facepalm:
 

TeocaliMG

Badlands
Well-Known Member
First Name
Matthew
Joined
Jun 3, 2019
Messages
523
Reaction score
1,530
Location
Plymouth Michigan
Vehicle(s)
1987 f-250 6.9 idi diesel, 2004 jeep liberty sport
Clubs
 
The TFL guys are so clueless. The only reason I pay any attention to them is because they do some interesting tests and comparisons (primarily their "Ike Gauntlet" tests). I cringe quite a bit watching their videos though because it is apparent they don't really know that much about the trucks they are testing, and they are horrible off road drivers.

Also, this is pretty ancient news they are trying to pass off as "breaking." Jalopnik first reported on the Getrag 6/7MTI550 AKA MT88 almost a year ago now, and Carmaker1 confirmed the Getrag manual back in February on this very forum. The 285/70/17 BFGoodrich AT KO2 tires were apparent in some of the very first sets of spy shots of the "Franken Ranger" test mule. I posted the tire size from the spy shots back in March Spied: possible Bronco mule seen testing in Detroit.
Agreed, Ironically they are my "favorite" review channel but that is largely because they seem to be the best at getting a lot of vehicles of various types and getting answers that I am generally interested in. And like you said, they run a lot of tests back to back with some element of consistency/comparison which is nice. As for technical analysis/interpretation omg its a cringe fest. They are characters though, and who knows, Tommy seems to know his stuff the best out of the group so things should only get better the more he is involved. The canadian dude they have doing a lot of the offroad stuff now is a breath of fresh air too since he seems to have a vision for offroad bench mark testing and comparison with better analysis than the team ever provided in the past.
 

Carolina Jim

Black Diamond
Well-Known Member
First Name
Jim
Joined
Aug 19, 2019
Messages
3,007
Reaction score
8,199
Location
Highlands
Vehicle(s)
Renegade
Thanks Dakota!
 

Advertisement







 
Ridergraphix


Advertisement
Top