Regardless that it might seem to be the Wrangler has been round without end, it’s truly the Bronco nameplate that’s coming into its sixth-generation proper now, not counting the Jeep’s days as a Willy’s CJ mannequin.
The primary-ever Jeep Wrangler (YJ) was launched in 1986, adopted by the TJ era in 1997, the JK in 2007 and the JL, which is about two and a half years outdated. The unique Bronco, however, got here out in 1966 and endured till 1996. That’s when Ford determined to tug the plug and concentrate on the Explorer and the Expedition.
Now we’ve obtained a brand new Bronco and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to have a look at it as a returning icon, as a result of the nameplate actually has greater than sufficient historical past. However how does it examine to the Wrangler?
Retro appears, youthful vibe
If we needed to say which of those two appears extra like its first-generation counterpart, that will clearly be the Jeep Wrangler. Its styling hasn’t modified all that a lot by way of design philosophy, whereas the brand new Bronco merely took just a few traces right here and there from its predecessors.
Don’t get us flawed, the Ford nonetheless has just a few genuinely retro angles, particularly the three-door model, however the five-door Sport model appears extra like a 10-year outdated Ford Escape than a correct Wrangler rival. To be truthful, the full-size Bronco is much more rugged, with straighter design parts and segment-exclusive frameless doorways which might be allegedly simpler to take away than these of the Wrangler.
Ford additionally claims that the brand new Bronco sports activities best-in-class floor clearance (11.6 inches) and best-in-class water fording functionality (33.5 inches) – though you’ll want the 35-inch tires for that which, fortunately for its house owners, can be found on each trim degree.
When it comes to measurement, the Bronco is a tad bigger than the Wrangler. Right here’s how they examine:
Bronco two-door / four-door
Wheelbase (inches): 100.4 / 116.1
Size (inches): 173.7 / 189.4
Width (inches): 75.9 / 75.9
Top (inches): 71.9 / 72.9
Wrangler two-door / four-door
Wheelbase (inches): 96.8 / 118.4
Size (inches): 166.8 / 188.4
Width: 73.8 / 73.8
Top: 70.9 / 70.9
Who’s obtained the waterproofed cabin?
The 2021 Bronco, that’s who. Whereas its inside was impressed by that of the unique Bronco and will not look very fashionable, this newest iteration does include Ford’s newest SYNC4 infotainment system, powering an optionally available 12-inch show (an 8-inch one is customary). The largest one you will get within the Wrangler measures 8.Four inches (UConnect Four with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto).
However once more, it’s the Ford that may boast in regards to the rubberized flooring with drain plugs, waterproof switches and water resistant upholstery, in addition to an optionally available rack you possibly can match on prime of the dashboard that you need to use for mounting completely different gadgets akin to smartphones, cameras and so forth.
So whereas the Wrangler’s inside may look extra rugged by way of its design, it’s the Bronco’s cabin that would show extra sturdy in the long run, particularly in the event you wish to dabble in off-roading.
Which one is cheaper?
As of proper now, Ford solely launched pricing for the base-spec Bronco – you’ll be capable of purchase the two-door model for upwards of $29,995, whereas the four-door mannequin is $34,695. Each might be outfitted with a 2.3-liter 4 cylinder EcoBoost gasoline unit, with 270 HP and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. Additionally accessible is a 2.7-liter V6, with 310 HP and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque.
An entry-level 2020 Jeep Wrangler two-door in the meantime will set you again $28,295, whereas the four-door mannequin prices $31,795. In complete, there are 13 completely different Wrangler specs to select from, and that’s not counting the completely different physique type variations.
Within the Jeep, you possibly can select between both a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a 3.6-liter V6 at no additional worth. The three.0-liter V6 diesel nonetheless will add $4,000 to your configuration. A six-speed handbook gearbox comes customary, whereas the 8-speed automated is a $1,500 possibility on the entry-level Wrangler Sport.
The Bronco’s transmission choices will embody a brand new seven-speed handbook gearbox (customary on four-cylinder fashions) and a 10-speed automated.
Ultimately, it’s powerful to say which of the 2 would find yourself costing you much less. It is determined by what sort of configuration you need. However in the event you’re strictly checklist pricing, the Jeep is technically somewhat bit cheaper.
A detailed struggle
The Jeep Wrangler will undoubtedly proceed to promote effectively by phase requirements. Final yr, the carmaker delivered 228,042 Wranglers in the US. Given the present automotive panorama, it’s unlikely that Ford (or Jeep once more for that matter) will get wherever close to these numbers with the Bronco.
Nonetheless, that doesn’t imply that the Bronco received’t achieve success, particularly because it clearly has every little thing it wants to reach this phase. Will it beat its arch-rival, although? Effectively, what do you assume?