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  1. [Opinion] Bronco Sport Mexican Made

    Yes, the CVT is only on the hybrid. The auto for the 1.5L & 2.0L Ecoboost will be the Ford 8 speed.
  2. [Opinion] Bronco Sport Mexican Made

    It depends on how much you drive and what you are paying for gas. In San Diego, the cheapest gas is around $2.50/gal, Say you drive 15,000 miles a year. Estimate the worth of the digital instrument panel + leather steering wheel + blacked wheels at $460. That leaves only $700 difference in...
  3. [Opinion] Bronco Sport Mexican Made

    More like <$1,000 for a conventional HEV, ~$4000 for a PHEV. For comparison, the 2020 Escape SE Sport, which has the SE features plus the hybrid engine, full digital dash, leather steering wheel and black wheels is only $1160 more money than the Escape SE with the 1.5L Ecoboost. I would assume...
  4. [Opinion] Bronco Sport Mexican Made
  5. [Opinion] Bronco Sport Mexican Made

    The 1.5L Ecoboost is made in Chihuahua, Mexico. So is the 2.5L motor for the hybrid when it shows up. The 2.0L Ecoboost can be from Cleveland, Ohio or Valencia, Spain.
  6. Spotted: 2021 Bronco Sport Prototypes Wearing Multiple Grilles

    Good, long telephoto shots for accurate scaling. Looks like the length is ~170", approach angle ~32 deg and departure angle ~29". Good if you go off-road. IMO, one design detail that had so much promise, but was not realized is the headlamps. To me, they look like swimming goggles. They...
  7. Spotted: 2021 Bronco Sport Prototypes Wearing Multiple Grilles

    Column shifters are clumsy to use if you need to change gears manually. Especially nowadays when the automatics have a minimum of 6 gears. From previous pictures, the Bronco Sport may have paddle shifters on the steering wheel, which is the best of both worlds.
  8. What is wrong with Ford?

    The Dragon engine has a belt in oil. They say they do this for efficiency and noise, but it is less costly which is the real driver. This has been done in a few Ford engines since 2008 and the history has been spotty. The thing is, it is a PITA to replace since the belt is inside.....oh...
  9. What is wrong with Ford?

    Ford, in an era increasing reliability, is using a timing belt in lieu of a chain for noise. My understanding is that this belt is a not a maintanance item. The design life of this engine can’t be much more than 150k miles. Just wait till someone adds a can of Sea Foam to the engine oil to...
  10. What is wrong with Ford?

    There is no excuse for producing a base engine that has so many vices. Buyers on a budget will just look for other cars without these issues and not upgrade with Ford. And those American materials......Hondas, Subarus, Toyotas,.....Lincolns. Some actually use American materials on their US...
  11. What is wrong with Ford?

    This is part of it and I’m sure the UAW costs don’t help. But, my issue is the engineering they can control. The money and design time expended on a cylinder deactivation solenoid and the unresolved implementation could have been spent on a smoother running engine that is more durable. They...
  12. What is wrong with Ford?

    It truely irritates me as to the engineering direction that Ford takes. It makes no sense to me. Ford seems to push unresolved technology on the customer without addressing the things that really matter. Concepts like reliability, durability, time to market, competitiveness are all poorly...
  13. Please bring back the two door Bronco or Pickup

    Ford has a small unibody pickup in the works for MY2022. Code name P758. Supposedly, they may bring back the Courier name for this. The truck is based on the same platform as the Bronco Sport / Escape; however, the renditions so far have been based on the Escape and they look positively...
  14. Interior of Ford Bronco Sport Revealed!

    Is that a paddle shifter just behind the steering wheel? Hope so.
  15. Bronco Sport Vs The Competition - Estimated Specs Comparisons

    In regard to length, the Bronco Sport will be shorter by at least 8", maybe more. This is good thing for short overhangs. But just about every other parameter will be close and I would think that the Bronco Sport may be more than an inch taller than the Rav4. Even by Toyota's own measurements...
  16. 2021 Bronco Sport spotted again (next to Explorer)

    1. Lifted about an inch as compared to Escape with the same size tire. This means there are suspension modifications. Suspension travel could be slightly greater to compete with Renegade Trailhawk, but this is a detail that won’t show up in order forms. 2. Larger tires available than...
  17. 2021 Bronco Sport spotted again (next to Explorer)

    The Bronco Sport is supposed to be more than a cosmetic package. Inline or better than the Trailhawk Jeeps. TRD should be ashamed the “off-road” package they have for the Rav4. You might as well put AT tires on any other Rav4 and pocket the money you saved.
  18. 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Spied Nearly Undisguised From Every Angle

    The standard 2WD Renegade was never a Bronco Sport competitor. The 4WD Trailhawk Renegade certainly will be. It is not necessarily a tail of the tape. Off-road chops also come into play. Even so, the Renegade and Compass are based on the same FCA platform. They have the same passenger...
  19. 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Spied Nearly Undisguised From Every Angle

    There is some weird stuff going on with the rear roof. It looks like there is another bump in roof, in addition to the big hump after the B-pillar. The first few photos show this, but it is hard to understand. I wonder if the antenna is to deflect what’s really going on.
  20. 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Spied Nearly Undisguised From Every Angle

    Hope the steelie wheels are standard, because this may make a good looking stripped vehicle. I much prefer the black details on door handles and mirrors, which again, will likely be a lower cost trim. Now only if they have the full vinyl interior that you clean out with a hose.:)