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Eric's Autos: 2022 Ford Bronco

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Under The Hood

The original Bronco -- the one this new Bronco is meant to emulate -- was powered by nothing less than a six-cylinder engine and often with a V8 engine, which was optional back in 1966. That's no longer necessary today because four-cylinder engines make more power now than V8s did back then.

The new Bronco's standard 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine makes 300 horsepower -- 100 more than the original Bronco's optional V8 and almost 200 more horses than the original Bronco's 105-horsepower six.

A 2.7-liter V6 with two turbos is the next-up engine offering. This one doesn't make that much more horsepower (330) than the 2.3-liter four with just one turbo -- but it does make a lot more torque (415 foot-pounds at 3.100 rpm vs. 325 foot-pounds at 3,400 rpm), which makes it even better-suited for the kind of low-speed grunt work the Bronco is built for.

The Bronco Raptor gets the largest of the small engines that power the new Bronco at just 3.0 liters -- but 400 horsepower and 430 foot-pounds of torque.

On The Road

 

Not just for off-roading or not getting stuck in snow, on road but also for the ride everywhere -- even with the Sasquatch off-road package. Typically, a vehicle all jacked up and ready to rock will crawl and feel like a rock on the road.

But for the tires: The tall sidewall, puffy-balloon-type Goodyear 35-inchers that come with this thing. They are meant to flex and give as they feel their way over terrain. This has the happy side effect of softening up the on-road ride remarkably -- such that even a Sasquatch feels almost housebroken.

At The Curb

The new Bronco is meant to emulate the look of the original one. It has many reminiscent styling similarities, including the retro-sealed-beam-looking round headlights (which are actually modern LED lights) and 90-degree angles. Plus, of course, the removable roof, which can be taken off in sections or entirely. Soft and hard shells are available.

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