While the First Edition, Wildtrak and Badlands Ford Bronco will have their place as the most off-road capable version of Ford’s new SUV, the reality is there are customers that are more drawn to the Bronco for it’s style than the actual off-road capability. The Ford Bronco Outer Banks is a more appearance oriented Bronco, but that doesn’t mean it can’t off-road with rest of the gang.
The Bronco Outer Banks is the only Bronco to come with 18 inch wheels, a hint at its intentions. But unlike the Jeep Wrangler Sahara, its main target, the Outer Banks still comes as standard with beefy 2-inch LT255/70R18 all-terrain tires. You have to pay extra to upgrade from all-seasons on the Wrangler Sahara. The Outer Banks can also be optioned with the Sasquatch package, giving 35 inch mud-terrain tires and deadlock compatible wheels, high clearance fenders, electronic diffs, and position sensitive Bilstein shocks. The Advanced 4×4 system is also optional. Standard are six terrain specific G.O.A.T. Modes.
Under the hood, the Bronco Outer Banks will be available with either a 270 hp 2.3 liter EcoBoost four cylinder or a 2.7 liter 310 hp EcoBoost V6. The four cylinder gets either a seven speed manual with a crawler gear or 10 speed automatic, and the V6 is auto only. All Broncos send power to a standard four wheel drive system
The Ford Bronco Outer Banks has many options to consider. All Broncos get four main equipment packs: Standard, Mid, High and Lux. The Outer Banks starts out in Mid, which comes with highlights like Ford’s CoPilot 360 safety tech, more power outlets, Intelligent Access locking doors, dual climate, ambient footwell lighting and heated front seats. Stepping up to high gives a 12 inch touchscreen, 360 camera and sensors, puddle lamps and additional sound deadening. The top level Lux package adds Adaptive Cruise Control, a 10 speaker B&O sound system, heated steering wheel, garage door opener, and a wireless charging pad.
If you’re looking for the most stylish Bronco, and don’t want to pay for the more aggressive off-road components, the Outer Banks might just be your Bronco. It’s also likely to be your cheapest way into the Lux package.