If you’re idea of the perfect Ford Bronco is a great all-around SUV that won’t break the bank, the Big Bend trim is probably for you. This trim gives some key upgrades over the base model, but we guess the price won’t stray too much higher. Here’s everything we know so far about the Ford Bronco Big Bend.
The Big Bend will be available with either a base-level 270 hp 2.3 liter EcoBoost four cylinder or an optional 2.7 liter 310 hp EcoBoost V6. Both get a standard four wheel drive system, and the four cylinder is mated to either a seven speed manual with a crawler gear or 10 speed automatic. The V6 only gets the auto.
The Big Bend’s immediate upgrade from the Base model are the tires. The Base trim is the only Bronco in the lineup that gets all-season tires standard. The Big Bend steps up to 32-inch P255/75R17 all-terrain tires. Wheels are 17 inch Carbonized Gray painted alloys.
Along with the tires, the Big Bend adds a sixth G.O.A.T driving mode, so it should the Ford Bronco Big Bend should be a perfectly capable off-roader from the factory. Better yet, some of the higher end goodies the Badlands, Wildtrak and First Edition models are optional. Adding the Sasquatch package gives the upgraded off-road beadlock capable wheels with 35 inch mud terrain tires, high clearance fenders, electronic diffs, and position sensitive Bilstein shocks. The Advanced 4×4 with automaticon-demand engagement is also optional.
Bronco models are all optioned with either a Standard, Mid, High or Lux package. The Bronco Big Bend comes with Standard out of the gates, but Mid is optional. Highlights of this package include Ford’s CoPilot 360 safety tech, more power outlets, Intelligent Access locking doors, dual climate, ambient footwell lighting and heated front seats.
The Big Bend also has some impressive specs, many of which Ford says are best in class, no doubt a direct reference to the Jeep Wrangler. Ground clearance is rated at 8.4 inches in the two door and 8.3 in the four door, while total height is at 72.9 inches in both models. The approach and departure angles are 35.5 and 29.8 on Big Bend Broncos. Unsurprisingly, the two door’s 21.1 breakover angle bests its larger sibling by 1.1 degree.