The Ford Bronco is unashamedly directly for the throat of the Jeep Wrangler. Many of the features are in direct response to the Wrangler’s deficiencies, and it aims to be better in any way possible. Both brands aren’t afraid to poke a little friendly jab at one another, like Jeep did with the Wrangler 4xe teaser. Now, it’s Ford’s turn to have a go at Jeep, and they did so in a big way. Ford sent their Bronco up the Rubicon Trail (practically Jeep’s driveway), and it appears they completed it.
Bronco6GForum reports there were three Broncos that set out on the adventure, and all three finished. A two door and four door was featured in the forum’s videos, both in Badlands trim with 33 inch tires. The two door was automatic, while the four door was a manual. Here’s the four door sending it up a nasty looking rock climb:
The Rubicon Trail is no joke. Jeep uses it as a benchmark for it’s “Trail Rated” Rubicon models for good reason. The trial is 20 miles long, and full of intense rock climbs, decent and more. The fact that stock Ford Broncos that didn’t even have the Sasquatch package finished is impressive, and shows the Bronco has far more capability than the owners will ever use.
That being said, the Bronco looked like it still had some trouble clearing some obstacles out on the trail. But nevertheless persevered.
Here, we can see the two door Ford Bronco having a little trouble getting traction up the near-verticle rock climb. With some cringe worthy scraping noises, it then struggles with ground clearance on the way down another slope. We also get a glimpse of the mangled front bumper and scratched paint. Still, it’s not like the Bronco didn’t finish, and some people may even find the battle scars appealing. This is also a stock vehicle that doesn’t even have the Sasquatch package. Plus, it’s easy to underestimate the challenge of the Rubicon Trail when only seeing it through a screen.
For stock Bronco Badlands models without some of the higher-end off-road options, it looks like the SUV has some impressive capabilities out on the trail.