At the very top of Ford’s new off-roading lineup sits the 2021 Bronco First Edition, which is without a doubt the most exclusive example of the reborn off-roader. Limited to just 3,500 units and packing all of the hardware and technology goodies that can be found on the lower trim models, this special edition Bronco is for the biggest of fans.
A combination of Badlands mechanical bits, Outer Banks interior treatments, and the Wildtrak’s slick exterior touches, the First Edition packs nearly the entire catalogue of options available for the off-roader from the factory. Under the hood is that 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, making 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. That power is routed to the new advanced 4×4 system with automatic on-demand engagement, and the high-clearance suspension from the Badlands model. That system also features electronically locking differentials front and rear, and a trick front stabilizer bar that can disconnect for more articulation on the trails.
It’s on the exterior of the truck that the Ford Bronco First Edition really separates itself from the lower trim levels. First Edition hood and body side graphics are the most identifiable features, along with a black painted grille with a white Bronco badge. An upgraded modular front bumper with an available brush guard, rock rails and tow hooks also help to give the off-roader a more aggressive and down-to-business appearance. The 17-inch high gloss-painted forged aluminum beadlock capable wheels in black also look mighty good wrapped up in the standard 35-inch mud terrain tires.
The Bronco First Edition is also the only Bronco model that comes as standard with the Lux package. This top-level trim package contains all of the equipment on offer in the lower trimmed Mid and High package equipped cars. The full list of equipment is as follows:
MID– Two-door Intelligent Access with lock and unlock functionality, 110V/150W AC power outlet, ambient footwell lighting, auto-dimming rear view mirror, dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control, heated front seats, illuminated visor mirrors, Remote Start System (automatic transmission only), Reverse Sensing System, subscription navigation with three month trial, SYNC 4 with enhanced voice recognition, Ford Co-Pilot360™ including Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, BLIS® with CrossTraffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, Auto High-Beam Headlamps and rear view camera with backup assist grid lines
HIGH– Mid Package content, plus 12-inch center stack touchscreen, 360-degree camera, additional sound deadening, Forward Sensing System, side view mirror LED approach lamps
LUX– High Package content, plus Adaptive Cruise Control; 10-speaker B&O Sound System; Evasive Steering Assist; heated steering wheel; universal garage door opener; two additional front row USB smart-charging ports; Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation System and wireless charging pad.
The 2021 Ford Bronco First Edition might be the most kitted up variant of the off-roader, but it by far the most expensive. With a starting price of $59,305 for the two door model, it is a far step above the sub-$30,000 base model. That said, we do suspect that the First Edition is going to be the one to get.