Recently, spy pictures of the interior of the upcoming Ford Bronco Sport have surfaced online. We take a closer look at what’s on offer here.
Ford Bronco Sport, also referred to as the ‘Baby Bronco’, is Ford’s upcoming global compact SUV. The car was supposed to be showcased at the 2020 New York International Auto Show, but as the show was postponed, the car still remains under wraps. There have been numerous sightings of test cars though, and the spy pictures have helped reveal a lot about the car.
Transmission dial (left) and multi-function steering wheel (right)
The spy picture above show the interior of the Bronco Sport in all its glory. There is next-to-no camouflage inside the car, and all the details are visible clearly. The test vehicle was running an automatic transmission, with a transmission dial instead of a lever, reminiscent of Jaguar cars. You also get an electronic parking brake. There is a manual mode on offer as well, which means there must be paddle shifters behind the wheels, which are a little too difficult to spot in the image. The steering wheel has multifunction controls as well.
The interior looks more premium than even the Ford Endeavour
As for the instrument console, it is a part-digital unit, with analogue dials for speedo and tacho, and a multi-info display between them. There is a large, floating-style touchscreen infotainment system in the centre of the dashboard, flanked by big vertical air-con vents on either side. Under that, you get a small cubby space, along with the start-stop button on the driver’s side. Below that, you have HVAC controls, and further below is another storage bin.
Ford Bronco Sport is expected to be smaller than the mid-size Endeavour (or Everest, as it is known is a few markets), and will probably be a five-seater SUV. There are two engines options expected to power this SUV. First is a 1.5-litre ‘Dragon’ petrol motor, and a 2.0-litre ‘Ecoboost’ diesel mill. Both these engines will come mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission only. Unlike the mid-size Bronco, which will be a ladder-frame SUV, the Baby Bronco will be a monocoque vehicle, just like other modern crossovers.
Ford Bronco Sport has roughly the same dimensions as Tata Harrier
Although Ford has no plans to release the Bronco or Bronco Sport in India yet, it could be interesting to see the SUV on Indian roads. Ford has had better sales performance with its SUVs than regular passenger vehicles, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that the Bronco Sport might become decently popular in India. If it were to launch in India, then MG Hector and Tata Harrier would serve as its main competition.