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December 19, 2020
After much anticipation J.C. Lewis Ford is proud to welcome Ed and Nancy to the Bronco Family!
Ed, an avid Ford enthusiast, has had his eye on the Bronco since Ford’s first mention. Ed and Nancy purchased the 2021 Bronco Sport Badlands Edition from our Sales Team Stella, Peter and Ted from J.C. Lewis.
The New Bronco Sport Badlands Edition was sold in Savannah the same week the new Car and Driver deemed, "2021 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands Earns the Bronco Name."
The new Bronco Sport may be based on the Ford Escape compact crossover, but it's a worthy off-road sidekick to Ford's reimagined Bronco. or the record, the Bronco Sport Badlands was named after South Dakota's Badlands National Park and its geologic formations, not the Bruce Springsteen song from 1978. Aside from a limited run of First Edition models, it's the most expensive of the Sport's five available trim levels and the best performer, both on and off road. At $34,155 to start, it costs $6000 more than the base model and brings a long list of upgrades. A turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque resides under its hood, replacing the 181-hp turbocharged three-cylinder that powers the Base, Big Bend, and Outer Banks models. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board.
Badlands models also get unique suspension tuning with about an inch more ground clearance than lesser trims. To cope with the additional weight of the four-cylinder, taller and slightly stiffer springs are fitted, as are front dampers with hydraulic rebound stops for soaking up big impacts. Ford claims that the Badlands's 7.4 inches of wheel travel is the best in its class. With 8.8 inches of ground clearance, the Badlands has a hair more clearance than a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. To gain a few extra millimeters of space, Ford's engineers tucked the Sport's exhaust system up closer to the floorpan. Its 30.4-degree approach angle is also better than the Jeep's, although the Cherokee offers slightly better breakover and departure angles.
All-wheel drive is standard on all Bronco Sports, but the Badlands features a torque-vectoring rear differential that borrows tech from the Focus RS. Its Terrain Management System also expands from five modes to seven, gaining Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl settings. Although its dampers are passive units, the drive programs alter the tuning of the throttle, transmission, brake response, steering effort, and the all-wheel-drive system for the chosen conditions.
photo: Julian Lewis, Stella, Ed and Nancy
Contact your Bronco experts at J.C. Lewis Ford. (912) 210-5692