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This Little Badlands Previews What’s Coming For The Baby Bronco

Photo credit: Manoli Katakis,

Not to be left out, Ford debuted the 2021 Bronco Sport Badlands Trail Rig concept to demonstrate how tough this little 4×4 SUV can look with just a pinch of imagination. Mimicking the same attitude as its big brother, the Bronco 2-Door Trail Rig just a few feet away, this little thing will have a hard time getting stuck, and an even harder time not fitting down a narrow trail. It will also hit the market with over 100 accessories in just a few months. The highlights are outlined below:

Featured Bronco Sport Accessories:
Yakima LockNLoad Platform roof rack
Yakima LockNLoad recovery/off-road gear mounts
Yakima HD Bar crossbars
Yakima LockNLoad high-lift jack and axe holders
Ford Performance recovery boards, jerry cans.

Featured Bronco Sport Concept Parts:
31-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 tires (2.5 inches wider than stock)
Aftermarket one-inch lift kit
Front nudge bar
Ford Performance by Rigid LED off-road lights
Jerry can, high-lift jack and axe.

The Badlands package tops the range of the 2021 Bronco Sport family, and starts at a reasonable $32,660. It’s solely powered by the 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder, and it produces a targeted best-in-class rating of 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. The motor is backed by Ford’s 8-speed automatic transmission, which features steering wheel mounted paddles exclusive to the Badlands series models. The Badlands package also includes off-roading features include the addition of metal bash plates, front tow hooks, Ford’s Trail Control system, and even a trail camera system integrated with the infotainment.

It might not be the coveted Suzuki Jimny, but the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands Trail Rig Concept has just about everything one would need to go exploring well beyond the basecamp. We can  confirm this, but you’ll have to wait until next week to know what we mean by that.


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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