There’s no denying it: Ford has ignited a frenzy of interest in its hot new Bronco two-door and four-door and Bronco Sport off-roaders, reporting that it has taken deposits and preorders for more than 165,000 of the three models combined. The company is now working with its suppliers and manufacturing specialists to see about boosting production, according to Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer, to try and fulfill as many Bronco orders as quickly as possible.
If you’re one of the lucky people who have already placed their Bronco order and are eagerly anticipating its arrival in 2021, Ford has some more good news for you: The automaker is preparing an extensive list of accessories you can add to your off-roader and have installed at the dealer at the time of purchase.
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Even better: You can roll the purchase of these accessories into the price of the truck, even if you plan on leasing it. Ford has said that it’s worked with financial lenders to allow for higher capital cost allowances to let accessories be included in the initial price for leasing purposes.
Ford’s been hard at work with accessory suppliers to bring hundreds of items to market when the truck goes on sale, and it has used the 55th anniversary of the Bronco nameplate to hold a celebration introducing five special concept trucks that feature a lot of those accessories. Some are parts that will be available through dealers with a full Ford testing guarantee and warranty, some are accessories being developed by third-party suppliers, and some are just concepts Ford is using to test the waters to see if buyers might be interested.
Which of the following five Ford Bronco concepts suits your idea of adventure?
1. Bronco Four-Door Outer Banks Fishing Guide
Built to show off some of the accessories a fishing enthusiast might spec for their four-door Bronco, the truck starts off as an Outer Banks trim level, with its Cape Hatteras National Seashore park theme. It replaces the front roof panels with a Bestop-brand Sunrider retractable soft top, with concept-only roof rails and crossbars holding a Yakima LockNLoad Platform roof rack. The front fender-mounter trail sights are used as mounting points for a custom-made concept fishing pole and seat perch.
Fun fact: As you look around the Bronco’s exterior, you’ll notice some bolts have a Bronco-branded screw head; those are meant to be mounting points for exterior accessories, according to Ford engineers. A Ford Performance modular front bumper and safari bar finish out the front, and a slide-out tailgate gives you somewhere to gut your catch out back. Splash guards and some interior all-weather floormats keep the moisture at bay.
2. Bronco Two-Door Trail Rig
The two-door Bronco Badlands is already meant to be the company’s ultimate off-roader, but Ford takes it a step further with its accessories on the Trail Rig.
A Ford Performance modular bumper is installed up front, with custom tube doors opening up a cabin that’s been given some rugged floormats for protection. A Rigid-brand LED light bar helps illuminate the way, while a Ford Performance winch by Warn can help pull you or others out of sticky situations. Factory roof rails are mounted up top, as is a Yakima Platform roof rack with mounts for a shovel, a Ford Performance by Warn recovery kit and recovery traction boards. Open up the tailgate, and you’ll see the accessory swing-gate-mounted flip-down table.
3. Bronco Sport Trail Rig
While the bigger two-door and four-door Broncos are meant to be the company’s ultimate off-roader, don’t think that the smaller Bronco Sport isn’t capable, too. Well, this one is even more capable: Ford started with the top Badlands trim and adds a 1-inch lift kit plus 31-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 tires. Ford Performance by Rigid LED off-road driving lights are mounted to a front “nudge bar,” while a Yakima LockNLoad Platform roof rack sports off-road gear mounts with equipment including a high-lift jack kit, Ford Performance recovery boards and jerry cans for extra fuel.
4. Bronco Sport Tow RZR
Ford maintains that its Bronco lineup isn’t just for off-roading; you can also tow your favorite toys to wherever you’re having your fun. The Bronco Sport has an available Class II trailer-towing package that enables it to lug up to 2,200 pounds of trailer and stuff, which is enough for something like this: The new Polaris RZR XP Turbo 1000 side-by-side off-road ATV. The Bronco Sport Tow RZR also has Yakima HD Bar crossbars and an OffGrid medium cargo basket up top for hauling more gear along with you.
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5. Bronco Sport Off-Roadeo Adventure Patrol
Part of the Bronco experience will include what Ford is calling Off-Roadeos, four regional drive events where owners of the top Bronco and Bronco Sport Badlands series can come and learn how to use their rigs, the first of which Ford has announced will happen in the Austin, Texas, hill country in the summer of 2021.
Providing support for the event will be the Bronco Sport Off-Roadeo Adventure Patrol, equipped with a Yakima LockNLoad Cargo Platform and sporting recovery gear like a high-lift jack, recovery boards and jerry cans, along with a Ford Performance by Rigid LED light bar. Inside, Ford shows you how two mountain bikes fit into the Bronco Sport with an interior Yakima bike rack. The truck also features a target stuck to the hood that serves as a landing guide for a remote drone that can film all the action.
Ford says it has more than 200 accessories ready to go for the new Bronco and more than 100 for the Bronco Sport, most of which should be ready to add to the vehicles when they appear in showrooms. That’ll be later in 2020 for the Bronco Sport and early spring for the larger Bronco variants.
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