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2021 FORD BRONCO SASQUATCH: AN OFF-ROAD RIDEALONG IN THE NEW SUV

Our Prototype Tester Was Equipped With A 2.7L EcoBoost V6 And Was Driven By An Engineer

2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door Outer Banks Sasquatch Review Firs Ridealong Production
Photo copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

In a 10-minute ride in a 2021 Ford Bronco Sasquatch Package in Outer Banks trim, there’s only so much to take in. This was a prototype, for one, so it’s not exactly one that deserves critique on fit and finish. The roof panels were already removed, so there was no telling how quiet the cabin is with the canopy clamped on. And of course, we weren’t driving. So, how much can one really take in from riding shotgun?

Quite a bit, actually. At least, some of the stuff that really counts. In just those few short minutes, one thing became clear: Ford constructed the Bronco to exploit just about every single weakness found in the Jeep Wrangler.

A few notes: The ride experience was done with the Bronco set in 4WD High, and we never went airborne. 

2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door Outer Banks Sasquatch Review Firs Ridealong
Photo copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Consider the power output. While it’s already up 25 hp, he 2.7L EcoBoost V6 found in this Bronco has a full 140 more foot-pounds of torque than the Jeep Wrangler V6, coming in at a stout 400 lb-ft. And works wonderfully in this application. Better than when it’s in the F-150, thanks to just having less weight to move around. While there wasn’t one for immediate comparison, we can simply recall our experiences with Pentastar-powered Wranglers not returning this sort of acceleration.

Next, consider the front suspension setup. Ford decided that it was more pragmatic to integrate an independent front suspension in the 2021 Bronco, opposed to the live front axle in the JL Jeep Wrangler. This results in a smoother ride on the road, which people will appreciate 99 percent of the time. And it’s not just about behavior on the pavement, as it also improves off-road manners at higher speeds, too.

2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door Outer Banks Sasquatch Review Firs Ridealong
Photo copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Low speed rock crawling activities will have to be for another day – as we didn’t get to witness the low-speed capabilities of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sasquatch just yet. But make no mistake, this all-new 4×4 SUV has no problem climbing impressively steep sandy hills, crossing streams, and absorbing washboard terrain.

The two big takeaways: the 2021 Ford Bronco Sasquatch Package rides fantastic off the road, and its power will make just about any Wrangler owner blush. Almost any.

2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door Outer Banks Sasquatch Review Firs Ridealong
Photo copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

 

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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