Ford’s all-new 2021 Bronco and 2021 Bronco Sport have seen an enthusiastic reception from off-roading fanatics since their unveiling on July 13.
In the primary three weeks, greater than 165,000 U.S. prospects paid $100 deposits to safe the Bronco and Bronco Sport, with Ford saying that’s unprecedented in its historical past. But whereas the rugged SUVs seem to begin off on the best foot in North America, they received’t begin in any respect in Europe.
Ford has confirmed that neither the full-size Bronco nor the compact Bronco Sport can be exported to Europe. “The Bronco has been completely developed for the North American market. There are currently no plans to bring it to Europe,” a Ford Germany spokesman instructed Automobilwoche referring to each the Bronco and the Bronco Sport.
Unlike the Mustang, which Ford has became a worldwide mannequin with the launch of the sixth era in 2015, the Bronco and Bronco Sport are more likely to stay a North America-only affair. For now, Ford just isn’t focused on growing European homologated variants, regardless that that wouldn’t be so sophisticated within the case of the Bronco Sport, which shares the platform with the Kuga SUV sold in Europe.
While Ford didn’t present a purpose for not bringing its new Bronco SUVs to Europe, it could have so much to do with the EU’s strict 95 grams CO2 per kilometer emission requirements launched this 12 months. Ford already has a comparatively excessive CO2 fleet common and the Bronco and Bronco Sport would solely drive that worth even increased.
That’s as a result of neither mannequin options electrified powertrains, no less than not at launch. The 2021 Bronco is obtainable with a 270 HP 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and a 310 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. The Bronco Sport provides prospects the selection of a 181 HP 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder and a 245 HP 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder.
Will Ford select to offer the Bronco Sport the plug-in hybrid powertrain from the Kuga and promote it in Europe? Time will inform, however there’s already a precedent within the Ford Explorer PHEV launched in Europe earlier this year.