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2021 Ford Bronco Overland concept tames the overloading experience

The Ford Bronco Overland concept shows off some accessories from Ford's forthcoming lineup.

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The wait for the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport to begin arriving in driveways is almost over. And as we get closer, the Bronco and Bronco Sport is starting to make more and more news. Last week is was announced that the company is sponsoring three Bronco Sport models in the Rebelle Rally. Now comes word that the company has designed a new concept vehicle with the outdoors in mind.

The 2021 Ford Bronco Overland concept has debuted at the Bronco Super Celebration East in Townsend, Tennessee. The concept will be on display at the off-roading event alongside Bronco two-door and Bronco Sport 4x4 models.

2021 Ford Bronco Overland concept

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With personalization in focus, the Bronco Overland concept was created using factory-backed accessories. Ford has already announced that over 200 accessories are coming to their product line for use with the Bronco.

The model is based on a 2021 Bronco four-door Badlands. It's painted with an Area 51 color scheme ad has the High-Performance Off-road Stability Suspension (H.O.S.S.) System with Bilstein position-sensitive dampers. Under the hood is Ford's 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that is paired with a seven-sped manual transmission. It rides on 17-inch Fifteen52 Turbomatic heavy-duty wheels in asphalt black that are wrapped with 35-inch BF Goodrich LT315/70R-17 mud-terrain KM3 tires.

The front of the Bronco Overland features a Ford Performance by Warn winch that is mounted to a Ford Performance modular steel bumper. Up top its a two-person tent by Yakima and a factory roof rack, which are mounted to the roof rails alongside a 1x40 Rigid Industries rack-mounted light bar and six Rigid pod lights that illuminate the Bronco 360 degrees. A tall CB antenna is mounted to the rear bumper.

The Bronco Overland is designed to serve as a full-on base camp. It comes complete with an ARB refrigerator and cooking kit and stove, which are mounted to a cargo management system. The fridge features a slide-out tray for easy access. A tailgate table and chairs area also included.

The rear quarter window glass has rigid panels with MOLLE grids mounted inside for additional rear cargo area storage.

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Larger tires headline the upgrades.

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The off-road wars are heating up. This year alone, we've seen the new Ford Bronco, Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck, new off-road models of the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, and Chevrolet Silverado, and more rugged versions of the Subaru Outback and Forester. Jeep, already deep in the game, doesn't need to do much to bolster its off-road offering, but the brand is doing just that for 2022. The automaker is offering a new Xtreme Recon Package for the Wrangler Willys SUV, which brings more capability and style to the boxy off-roader.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package The package can be ordered for Wrangler Willys models later this year. Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package

Beyond beefy 35-inch tires tires, the Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package gets a 1.5-inch factory lift, a 4.56:1 axle ratio, 17-inch wheels and swing gate reinforcement. Jeep says those improvements give the Willys best-in-class approach and departure angles, ground clearance, and water fording capability. Approach angle improves to 47.4 degrees, breakover angle improves to 26.7 degrees, and departure angle jumps to 40.4 degrees. The extra ride height also pushes ground clearance to 12.9 inches and the water fording depth to 33.6 inches.

The package's 35-inch tires make the Willys Jeep's third Wrangler model with hardcore rolling stock. It joins the Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Rubicon 392 in the 35-inch club, all of which can be equipped with the tires directly from the factory.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package A factory lift helps improve ground clearance and capability.Jeep

The Xtreme Recon Package can be ordered starting in October and will be available for the Jeep Wrangler Willys with 3.6-liter eTorque engine. The package adds $3,995 to the Wrangler Willys' price tag, which brings the total starting price to $40,930, including a $1,495 destination charge.

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Hardcore off-road SUV

Ford Bronco Raptor is real and on its way in 2022

Ford's video gave up very little on the new SUV.

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The long-awaited Ford Bronco went on sale earlier this year and overwhelming demand has many buyers waiting months for the opportunity to own one. Ford isn't resting on that success, however, and is already hitting the gas on the SUV with the tease of a new model. The even longer-awaited Ford Bronco Raptor is coming, though we don't yet have many details to share, but Ford CEO Jim Farley shared a video to Twitter this morning that gives us a little to go on. More importantly, the video confirms that the Bronco Raptor is coming, which is music to our ears.

Ford Bronco Raptor Pause the video at the exact right moment, and you can catch a blurry glimpse of the Bronco Raptor.Ford

Being a tease, it's not surprising that we don't get a big, clear picture of the SUV. We can see that the Bronco Raptor's grille is different, with the Ford name spelled out in bold letters, just like the brand's other Raptor vehicles. We can also see that the Bronco's daytime running lights have shifted to orange.



Ford did not share any other details, but other Raptor models paint an enticing picture for the future hardcore Bronco. The SUV should get upgraded off-road suspension, brawny bodywork, and fat all-terrain tires. One of the biggest questions is what Ford will choose for the Bronco Raptor's powertrain. Two engines are currently offered for the standard Bronco, including a turbo-four and turbo-six. Rumors have pointed to the possibility that the Explorer ST's EcoBoost engine could make an appearance in the Raptor, which would bring up to 400 horsepower to the SUV. There may also be more than one wheel and tire option, which is the case for the upcoming F-150 Raptor, where buyers can choose to upgrade the stock 35-inch tires to 37-inchers.

There's no word on release date or pricing, but it's a safe bet that the Bronco Raptor will outpace its "normal" counterparts by more than a few dollars. Regardless of price, Ford should sell a ton of the SUVs, assuming it can keep up with demand on the production side.

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