Review by Veeno Dewan
The current 2022 Ford Bronco is a revision of the classic 2 door SUV from the 1970,’now a major collector’s piece fetching astronomical prices. The new much bigger, wider, and brawnier version is available in either a two or four -door format has many of the classic styling cues, such as the rounded headlights and rectangular front grille, but everything is more modern with contemporary technology. There are also cool factors such as the removable doors and roof and removable wide fender flares.
Two engines are available for the 2022 Ford Bronco – a 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 270-horsepower and 325 lb-ft., and a 2.7-litre EcoBoost six-cylinder with a power output at 330-horsepower and an impressive 415 lb-ft. of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission or a manual gearbox can be selected with certain models. The auto transmission has seven driving modes. Drivers can select rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive automatic, four-wheel drive high and four-wheel drive low.
The 2022 Ford Bronco offers a stellar range of seven different trim levels to select from. Each is available in a 2- or 4-door configuration and with many options for customization. The base two-door Bronco starts at $43,199 to -$70,549 for the top Everglades model. We tested the $60,649 Bronco Wildtrak – a more off-road performance orientated model.
The Wildtrak arrives with a crash bar at the front, as well as an exclusive Ford Performance bumper that removes the fog lights if needed. Also, as standard on the Wildtrak is the Sasquatch package, adding 17-inch rims with bead lock compatible 35-inch LT315/70R17 off-road tires. Other rough terrain equipment offers beefier adaptive dampers, chassis upgrades, a 4:7 final drive ratio with electronically locking front and rear axles, plus jacked up factory suspension with higher ground clearance.
The interior for the Bronco’s cabin design has been carefully thought out to accommodate the removable door format, and any off -roading. For example, the window and mirror switches are below the center armrest and the interior materials are of the easy- clean Ford’s ActiveX– variety with mildew resistant seating surfaces, The durable materials and simple design recall the original, old-school Bronco.
The dash comprises an optional twelve-inch touchscreen with high-resolution graphic and the excellent Ford SYNC 4 infotainment system with easy integration with FordPass Performance, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto apps. There is also a cool built-in camera mount on top of the instrument panel. Other optional tech includes Ford Co-Pilot360 driver-assist technologies and a high-power Bang and Olufsen surround sound system. Safety includes optional forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, available lane-departure, and lane-keeping assist. Off road goodies include a G.O.A.T. (Goes Over Any Type of Terrain) dial which displays the Bronco’s seven drive modes. It’s also used for other off-road settings such as axle locks, front sway bar deactivation or traction control. The front seats are comfortable with a high ergonomic position, moving to the rear there is ample space in all quarters. Cargo space is adequate.
On the road – the 2.7L Ecoboost turbocharged unit offers quick power delivery and acceleration. Power is on tap all through the rev range despite the heavy 4×4 underpinnings. Despite the big tire set up the ride on road is comfortable enough and the Bronco tracks well with no wandering and good overall urban and highway road manners. The steering is light and makes the heavy Bronco easy to drive. In urban areas the on-board cameras and sensors help in parking.
Also impressive is the Off-road capability. The seven driving modes operated by a rotary dial – Normal, Eco, Sport, Sand, , Mud, Rock Crawl – and in the Wildtrak model – Baja mode make short work of any terrain. Tight rock crawling descent and ascent are made easier by a standard Trail Turn Assist feature that uses torque vectoring to decrease turning radius. You can also hill climb and descend using the cool Trail One-Pedal Drive function, allowing the driver to concentrate on the terrain in front and to the sides. Fuel economy of the 2022 Ford Bronco 2.7T is rated at 13.9L/100km on the highway and 14L/100km in the city,
There are few downsides to the Bronco, minor niggles include a noisy interior, and so-so fuel economy. Highlights include over 200 Ford accessories for max customizability and no doubt, there will be a huge gamut of extensive aftermarket bits and pieces. Take the doors and roof off and the Bronco Wildtrak is the most fun you can have in any terrain. Highly recommended for thrill lovers everywhere.
2022 Ford Bronco priced from: $43,149 -$70,549.
Wildtrak model priced from $60,649. Plus, options delivery, fees, and taxes.
More info at www.ford.ca