How the New Bronco Sport Transforms the Escape’s Platform into America’s Most Capable Compact Off-Road Crossover SUV

By Product Expert | Posted in Ford, Ford Bronco Sport on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 at 7:45 pm
2021 Ford Bronco Sport in mountain valley

What Platform is the Bronco Sport SUV Based On? 

The new Bronco Sport may take after the original Bronco in name and appearance, but the truth is the so-called Baby Bronco gets its foundations from elsewhere in the Ford lineup. The Bronco Sport is based on the same Ford C2 platform that underpins the Ford Escape crossover. Ford’s decision to forego a body-on-frame architecture for the modified unibody platform gives the small off-road ute more road-friendly driving manners than the original Bronco SUV, but don’t let its milder traits fool you. The new Bronco Sport is much more than a muscled-up version of the popular Escape.

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2021 Ford Bronco Sport driving through sand

How Is the New Bronco Sport Different from the Ford Escape Crossover SUV?

Although no Bronco Sport model is quite as adept in off-roading as the big Bronco, the Bronco Sport prioritizes its off-road geometry with a passion. To build a platform fitting of the Bronco Sport name, Ford modified the C2 platform by pulling back the wheelbase to 105.1 inches and adding in its own set of unique suspension springs, anti-roll bars, and special 46-mm diameter monotube rear shocks.

Even the base Bronco Sport features more than 7.8 inches of ground clearance. The Badlands models negotiates a set of optional 29-inch A/T tires into the mix for a maximum ground clearance of 8.8 inches. Now it’s time to get out your protractor. The upgraded tires earn the Bronco Sport an impressive set of off-road figures with an approach angle of 30.4 degrees, a breakover angle of 20.4 degrees, and a departure angle of 33.1 degrees.

Test Drive the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport in Atlanta, GA

Interested in a closer look at the new Bronco Sport SUV? Drivers in the Atlanta area can get up close and personal with the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport when they shop from Georgia’s largest Ford inventory at the Akins Ford dealership in Winder, GA. Area drivers can give our team a call for more model details, highlights, and specifications.