Bronco is a car that, incl. Its design uniquely combines nostalgic references to Ford's past with modern, hard-tested technical solutions. The Bronco is an extraordinary vehicle that evokes strong emotions and at the same time can handle even the toughest off-road challenges. And in such conditions, the suspension system, which at Bronco sets standards in this class of vehicles, is of key importance.
Bronco built wild
Bronco - Ford's new all-wheel-drive family redefines off-road driving with suspension that improves handling in a variety of off-road conditions without compromising on-tarmac handling.
“We have listened to what off-road enthusiasts need in terms of vehicle capability and control. “We've learned a lot about what can be improved in the off-road SUVs we offer today,” said Mark Gruber, marketing manager for Bronco. - This includes poor driving comfort and poor steering precision. In response to the needs of enthusiasts, we have created a lighter and more efficient suspension, tuned to provide more confidence when riding off-road, but without sacrificing the comfort and control of the car, he added.
To fulfill the Built Wild promise, every Bronco is equipped with a unique high-performance off-road stability suspension (independent at the front). The springs are all longer for more travel and the HOSS shocks are extremely durable for better stability both on and off road.
HOSS suspension raises the bar for off-road capability even higher with the Bronco Badlands Series or the Sasquatch Off-Road Package. The equipment includes stronger shock absorbers with special valve technology that increase energy absorption at the end of the stroke, thereby improving the car's behavior at high speeds.
Two- and four-door Bronco: legendary HOSS features
With a legacy of off-road innovation dating back to 1966, the all-new two- and four-door Bronco showcases unparalleled confidence in its ability to ride confidently and quickly over rough terrain.
On the two- and four-door Broncos, the HOSS suspension controls the vertical and lateral movements of the bodywork in a manner known from desert racing. The basis here is the second-generation Ford T-6 suspension. The same is used in the Bronco R Baja performance prototype, which uses an independent front suspension modeled after the Ford F-150 Raptor, with two aluminum heavy-duty wishbones and a strut with long travel springs. HOSS dampers and anti-roll bar.
This state-of-the-art system guarantees significantly higher driving comfort and better tire-to-ground contact. A three-mode electric power steering rack and pinion steering system provides better precision both on and off-road. The influence of the drive on the steering is also less.
The rear of the Bronco is equipped with shock absorbers and progressive springs for improved control over the longitudinal movements of the body, as well as a rigid 220mm axle for high load capacity. The absence of a stabilizer guarantees high axle misalignment.
“The combination of light weight and significant suspension travel improves handling in high-speed bumps and increases rider confidence, allowing the rider to smoothly negotiate a series of large bumps, as happens in off-road rallying,” said Jamie Groves, Bronco. Program engineer. “And when you need to overcome, for example, stone obstacles, a significant curvature of the axis allows you to crawl over extreme obstacles,” he added.
The HOSS system is an integral part of the Sasquatch package and an option for the Badlands series to allow even more aggressive cross-country riding. This includes Bilstein custom-tuned long-travel active dampers with end-of-stroke control valves (which also provide increased ground clearance) and a smaller-diameter anti-roll bar (smoother roll response).
“Very difficult off-road handling and the performance advantage of well-developed independent front suspension (found in, for example, F-150 Raptor 4×4 vehicles or high-performance off-road vans) make rigid front axles completely obsolete,” Groves said. “In line with this trend, HOSS provides both novice and experienced drivers with a 4×4 vehicle that delivers the best driving experience on any terrain and at any speed,” he added.
Technology isn't everything, but a unique look is also important: new paint for Bronco
An early production Ford Bronco was the inspiration for the new Bronco paint for the 2022 model year.
Color and material stylists developed Eruption Green Metallic, a modern interpretation of Mallard Green that was available on the first generation Bronco from early production until the mid-1970s.
“Car enthusiasts, and especially Bronco fans, are color addicted and will love the Eruption Green paintwork,” said Barb Whalen, Ford Materials and Colors Manager. Lucky miraculously evolve thanks to technology. Eruption Green is modern yet clearly nods to the legacy of the original Bronco. The color is inspired by evergreens with a yellow glow that ties it very strongly to nature,” she added.