Almost 11 months after the big reveal in July 2021, Ford finally released the owner’s manual for the new Bronco. On page 366 of the 552-page document you will find quite interesting information on storing your SUV for 30 days or longer, namely “Hybrid battery systems”.
Ford Motor Company also mentions a high-voltage battery and 50 percent state of charge, details that further suggest a hybrid powertrain is in sight. Confirmed directly by former Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett and indirectly confirmed by the “EV Coaching” role we covered last year, the partially electrified Bronco is expected to hit the market in the second half of 2022 as a 2023 model . Given the current shortage of chips, the Dearborn automaker could also delay the plug-in hybrid.
Although unconfirmed, it is very likely that this variant will integrate the electric motor into the 10-speed automatic transmission. If the Ford Motor Company did the same 35-kW Engine like the F-150 PowerBoost with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo, you can expect around 347 hp.
Speaking of the drive train, page 107 of the operating instructions confirms a configurable display for the digital instrument cluster. More precisely, “Turbo Boost Display”, which shows the manifold air pressure in the 2.3 liter EcoBoost. It looks like customers who pay extra for the 2.7 liter EcoBoost won’t get this ad.
For those planning on sleeping on a roof rack tent or going off-road with a lot of luggage on the roof rack, be warned that you can’t get more than 450 pounds or 204 kilograms while standing. When the vehicle is in motion, the roof load should not exceed 50 kilograms.
Last but not least, quite a few owners are interested in whether the auto start / stop function can be switched off. The answer is yes, Ford allows you to press the button every time you turn on the vehicle. The disadvantage, however, is that the system cannot be switched off permanently because it “plays an important role in reducing fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions”.