Is there more off-road tech? Absolutely. There are tow hooks, optional steel bumpers, steel shields that protect the engine, transmission ,transfer case and fuel tank, and you can buy optional steel rails that run along the edge of each side that can support the car’s entire weight. Basically, your new Bronco shouldn’t fold like an old aluminium take-out container if you get things slightly wrong out in the wilderness.
There’s a choice of transmissions, the first a six-speed manual and the second a ten-speed automatic. There’s a crawler gear on both, so you can plug through mud and sand and let the car do the work at its own pace, as well as ‘Trail Control’, essentially an off-road, low speed traction control, and ‘Trail Turn Assist’, which uses torque-vectoring by braking to slow the inside rear wheel down and tighten the angle of the turn. On top of all of that there are seven drive modes, including, Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl.
As for engines, there are two, a 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder and a 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6. The former Ford projects to have 274PS (270bhp) and 420Nm (310lb ft) of torque, the latter 314PS (310bhp) and 542Nm (400lb ft).