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Ford Bronco Vs. Jeep Wrangler By The Specs

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Pre-production versions of the 2021 Bronco, shown here, include Bronco two-door in Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat and Bronco four-door in Cactus Gray. (Image courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

We have been waiting for the reveal of the 2021 Ford Bronco for what seems like forever — stretched out even longer because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

But here we are. Finally.

And, yes, Captain Obvious here, but the Bronco is the first real direct competitor that the Jeep Wrangler has had. Ever. So, we figured it might be a good idea to take a look at the two vehicles’ specifications side-by-side to see what that competition looks like.

Below is a table with the preliminary specs on the 2021 Ford Bronco and 2020 Jeep Wrangler 2- and 4-door models. While the full list of specs hasn’t yet been released, this is what we know so far.

Feel free to pore over them at your leisure, but there are a few interesting things to note straight off the bat.

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With more than 200 factory-backed accessories available at launch, this 2021 Bronco two-door prototype shows how owners can personalize their SUV to get more out of their outdoor experiences. (Image courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

First, the Ford Bronco has two engine options, but neither of them is a diesel. Yet. However, we’ve heard rumors, and since the Wrangler has one, we have to assume a Bronco diesel isn’t far behind.

Second, it’s worth noting Bronco is generally a bit larger than the Wrangler — especially in its 2-door iteration. We knew the numbers wouldn’t be identical, but we had assumed they’d be a bit closer. But the Bronco 2-door is a nearly 7 inches longer than the 2-door Wrangler. The 4-door versions are closer in size, but Bronco is still bigger.

Finally, it looks like the new Ford Bronco doubles as a fish. We were surprised to see the max water fording ring in at 33.5 inches — that’s a full 3-1/2 inches more than the Wrangler. From what we’ve read about water fording in the Wrangler, 30 inches is the absolute max.

We’ll share more details as we have them. In the mean time, be sure to read our article about the most important things to know about this all new vehicle. Plus, you can catch all our Ford Bronco coverage here.

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The four-door 2021 Ford Bronco will have available removable modular roof sections – left and right front panels, a full-width center panel and a rear section. Roof panels on both two- and four-door models can be easily removed by unlocking the latches from the interior to provide the largest overall open-top view in its class to take in the sunshine or to gaze at the stars at night. (Image courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

 

 2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door2020 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door2021 Ford Bronco 4-Door2020 Jeep Wrangler 4-Door
Base Engine2.3-liter turbocharged direct injection DOHC Ti-VCT EcoBoost I43.6-Liter Pentastar V-62.3-liter turbocharged direct injection DOHC Ti-VCT EcoBoost I43.6-Liter Pentastar V-6
Horsepower270285270285
Torque310 lb-ft260 lb-ft310 lb-ft260 lb-ft
Optional Engines2.7-liter twin-turbocharged port and direct injection DOHC Ti-VCT EcoBoost V-62.0-liter turbocharged I4: 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-62.7-liter twin-turbocharged port and direct injection DOHC Ti-VCT EcoBoost V-62.0-liter turbocharged I4: 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6
Horsepower310270 (2.0L); 260 (3.0L)310270 (2.0L); 260 (3.0L)
Torque400 lb-ft295 lb-ft (2.0L); 442 lb-ft (3.0L)400 lb-ft295 lb-ft (2.0L); 442 lb-ft (3.0L)
TransmissionsStandard: 7-speed (6+1 crawler gear) Getrag manual (offered on 2.3-liter engine only)
Optional: 10-Speed automatic (available on both 2.3- and 2.7-liter engines)
Standard on 3.6L: D478 manual, 6-speed; Standard on 2.0L: 850RE, automatic 8-speed (offered on 3.6L); Standard on 3.0L: 8HP75 automatic, 8-speed Standard: 7-speed (6+1 crawler gear) Getrag manual (offered on 2.3-liter engine only)
Optional: 10-Speed automatic (available on both 2.3- and 2.7-liter engines)
Standard on 3.6L: D478 manual, 6-speed; Standard on 2.0L: 850RE, automatic 8-speed (offered on 3.6L); Standard on 3.0L: 8HP75 automatic, 8-speed
Transfer CaseStandard: 4x4 with part-time selectable engagement – two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly 2.72:2 low ratio
Optional: Advanced 4x4 with automatic on-demand 4H engagement – two-speed electromechanical transfer case 3.06:1 low ratio
Standard (Sport and Sahara): NV241 Command-Trac; part-time; operating modes
2WD High, 4WD High, Neutral, 4WD Low; Low Range Ratio
2.72:1 . Optional Rubicon: NV241OR Rock-Trac; part-time; operating modes 2WD High, 4WD High, Neutral, 4WD Low;
low-range ratio 4.0:1;
axle ratio 3.45 standard,
4.10 standard Rubicon. Optional (Sahara): MP3022 SELEC-TRAC, full-time; operating Modes
2WD High, 4WD High, Neutral, 4WD Low; low-range ratio 4.0:1;
axle ratio 3.45 standard,
4.10 standard Rubicon with manual (optional for automatic).
Standard: 4x4 with part-time selectable engagement – two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly 2.72:2 low ratio
Optional: Advanced 4x4 with automatic on-demand 4H engagement – two-speed electromechanical transfer case 3.06:1 low ratio
Standard (Sport and Sahara): NV241 Command-Trac; part-time; operating modes
2WD High, 4WD High, Neutral, 4WD Low; Low Range Ratio
2.72:1 . Optional Rubicon: NV241OR Rock-Trac; part-time; operating modes 2WD High, 4WD High, Neutral, 4WD Low;
low-range ratio 4.0:1;
axle ratio 3.45 standard,
4.10 standard Rubicon. Optional (Sahara): MP3022 SELEC-TRAC, full-time; operating Modes
2WD High, 4WD High, Neutral, 4WD Low; low-range ratio 4.0:1;
axle ratio 3.45 standard,
4.10 standard Rubicon with manual (optional for automatic).
Crawl RatiosAutomatic with electronic shift-on-the-fly: 57.19:1 Manual with electronic shift-on-the-fly: 79.92:1
Automatic with electromechanical transfer case: 67.8:1 Manual with electromechanical transfer case: 94.75:1
Command-Trac 4x4 system with 2.72:1 crawl ratio standard on Sport and Sahara models; Rubicon crawl ratio of 84.2:1, 77.2:1 on models equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmissionAutomatic with electronic shift-on-the-fly: 57.19:1 Manual with electronic shift-on-the-fly: 79.92:1
Automatic with electromechanical transfer case: 67.8:1 Manual with electromechanical transfer case: 94.75:1
Command-Trac 4x4 system with 2.72:1 crawl ratio standard on Sport and Sahara models; Rubicon crawl ratio of 84.2:1, 77.2:1 on models equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission
DifferentialRear Axle: Dana 44 AdvanTEK solid rear axle with available Spicer Performa-TraK electronic locking differentials
Front Axle: Dana AdvanTEK independent front differential unit with available Spicer Performa-TraK electronic locking differentials
Rear Axle: 3rd Generation Dana axles; differential type: open (Sport and Sahara) with available Trac-Lok anti-spin, Tru-Lok electronic locking (Rubicon)
Axle ratios: 3.45, 3.73 (EcoDiesel), 4.10. Front Axel:
3rd Generation Dana axles, differential type: open or Tru-Lok electronic locking (on Rubicon models); axle ratios
3.45, 3.73 (EcoDiesel), 4.10.
Rear Axle: Dana 44 AdvanTEK solid rear axle with available Spicer Performa-TraK electronic locking differentials
Front Axle: Dana AdvanTEK independent front differential unit with available Spicer Performa-TraK electronic locking differentials
Rear Axle: 3rd Generation Dana axles; differential type: open (Sport and Sahara) with available Trac-Lok anti-spin, Tru-Lok electronic locking (Rubicon)
Axle ratios: 3.45, 3.73 (EcoDiesel), 4.10. Front Axel:
3rd Generation Dana axles, differential type: open or Tru-Lok electronic locking (on Rubicon models); axle ratios
3.45, 3.73 (EcoDiesel), 4.10.
Final Drive RatioRange: 3.73:1 to 4.7:1 (depending on option packages)3.45 standard, 3.73 optional (4.10 Rubicon)Range: 3.73:1 to 4.7:1 (depending on option packages)3.45 standard, 3.73 optional (4.10 Rubicon)
ChassisFront: Independent front suspension with twin alloy A-arms and coil-over springs with available Bilstein position-sensitive shock absorbers with end-stop control valves
Rear: Solid five-link rear axle with active bushings and coil-over springs with available
Bilstein position-sensitive shock absorbers with end-stop control valves
Front: Solid axle, link coil, leading arms, track bar, coil springs, stabilizer bar, electronic sway-bar disconnect system — (standard, Rubicon)
Shock type: Sport: Gas-charged twin-tube shock absorbers with full displacement Multi-tuned Valve (MTV) technology. Sahara: High-pressure gas-charged monotube shock absorbers with MTV technology. Rubicon: High-pressure gas-charged monotube shock absorbers with MTV technology and hydraulic rebound stop
Rear: Solid axle, link coil, trailing arms, track bar, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Shock type: Sport: Gas-charged twin-tube shock absorbers with full displacement MTV technology. Sahara: High-pressure gas-charged monotube shock absorbers with MTV technology. Rubicon: High-pressure gas-charged monotube shock absorbers with MTV technology and hydraulic rebound stop
Front: Independent front suspension with twin alloy A-arms and coil-over springs with available Bilstein position-sensitive shock absorbers with end-stop control valves
Rear: Solid five-link rear axle with active bushings and coil-over springs with available
Bilstein position-sensitive shock absorbers with end-stop control valves
Front: Solid axle, link coil, leading arms, track bar, coil springs, stabilizer bar, electronic sway-bar disconnect system — (standard, Rubicon)
Shock type: Sport: Gas-charged twin-tube shock absorbers with full displacement Multi-tuned Valve (MTV) technology. Sahara: High-pressure gas-charged monotube shock absorbers with MTV technology. Rubicon: High-pressure gas-charged monotube shock absorbers with MTV technology and hydraulic rebound stop
Rear: Solid axle, link coil, trailing arms, track bar, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Shock type: Sport: Gas-charged twin-tube shock absorbers with full displacement MTV technology. Sahara: High-pressure gas-charged monotube shock absorbers with MTV technology. Rubicon: High-pressure gas-charged monotube shock absorbers with MTV technology and hydraulic rebound stop
Fuel Tank Capacity?17.5 gallons?21.5 gallons
Wheelbase100.4 inches96.8 inches116.1 inches118.4 inches
Length173.7 inches (174.8 Badlands)166.8 inches189.4 inches (190.5 Badlands)188.4 inches
Height71.9 iches (base); 72.9 inches (Big Bend); 73.8 inches (Badlands); 78.9 inches (Wildtrak w/ optional roof rack installed)73.6 inches73 inches (base, softtop); 72.9 inches (Big Bend); 73.9 inches (Badlands); 75.3 inches (Wildtrack)73.6 inches
Width75.9 inches (Base, Big Bend); 76.3 inches (Badlands); 79.3 inches (Wildtrak)73.8 inches75.9 inches (Base, Big Bend); 76.3 inches (Badlands); 79.3 inches (Wildtrak)73.8 inches
Max Avail. Tow3,500 pounds2,000 pounds3,500 pounds3,500 pounds
Max Payload1,170 pounds1,071 pounds1,370 pounds1,360 pounds
Ground Clearance8.4/11.6 inches9.7 inches (Sport); 10 inches (Sahara); 10.8 inches (Rubicon)8.3/11.5 inches9.7 inches (Sport); 10 inches (Sahara); 10.8 inches (Rubicon)
Approach Angle35.5/43.2 (Base/35-inch tires)41.4 (Sport); 41.8 (Sahara); 44 (Rubicon)35.5/43.2 (Base/35-inch tires)41.4 (Sport); 41.8 (Sahara); 43.9 (Rubicon)
Breakover Angle21.1/29.0 (Base/35-inch tires)25 (Sport); 21 (Sahara); 27.8 (Rubicon)20.0/26.3 (Base/35-inch tires)20.3 (Sport); 21 (Sahara); 22.6 (Rubicon)
Departure Angle29.8/37.2 (Base/35-inch tires)35.9 (Sport); 36.1 (Sahara); 37 (Rubicon)29.7/37.0 (Base/35-inch tires)36.1 (Sport); 36.1 (Sahara); 37 (Rubicon)
Max Water Fording33.5 inches30 inches33.5 inches30 inches

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