I used to camp a lot. To confess, I was often accused of “glamping” not camping because we had a nice big camper with a king size bed, full kitchen and full bathroom. That’s more my idea of camping rather than a tent and an air mattress.
I’m just a little too old for that and have the achy back to vouch for it. But, there are many who find the call of the wild, hiking off-the-beaten-path trails to be exciting. I certainly see the appeal of it. For those adventure-minded people, Ford has designed the four-door Bronco, specifically, with them in mind.
The 2021 four-door Ford Bronco is designed to be the ultimate Bronco destination vehicle with ample room, smart features and accessories to haul outdoor gear inside and to comfortably sleep two when the day winds down.
“We spent a lot of time engaging in the outdoors with off-road enthusiasts and understood Bronco had to elevate the off-road camping experience with cleverness and comfort,” said Bill Mangan, Bronco chief interior designer. “So we made sure our four-door models could accommodate in-car camping and we followed it with best in class overall openness with the top removed so campers can enjoy spectacular nighttime views.”
I have to admit the idea of it seems somewhat romantic, and I might be game for such an adventure for one night or two. But I’m likely not the ideal demographic for the Bronco anyway. But it’s certainly interesting to see Ford really targeting in on a specific buyer and truly understanding their wants and needs.
It’s probably why the demand for the Bronco is so high, as I’ve reported on here at Torque News. Check out the infographic below for dimensions and a breakdown of the internal space in the four-door Bronco.
Sleeping area large enough for the tallest campers
With a large rear cargo area in back, the rear sleeping area of all-new 2021 Bronco four-door SUV has more than 21-square feet and a maximum enclosed rear area length of 6 feet, 6 inches with the seats positioned forward and the rear seats folded down and 3 feet, 7 inches wide with 10 extra inches of elbow room in the door area. Extra tall campers, up to 7 feet, 6 inches tall, can stretch out a little more by moving the front seats forward and sleeping diagonally.
With the Bronco four-door optional slide-out tailgate that arrives late next year, sleeping comfort can be extended more than a foot in length to increase the diagonal length to 8 feet, 9 inches.
For unforgettable views of the stars and room for side-by-side sleeping bags, the Bronco four-door variety of tops available make open-air adventures quick and easy. From the retractable soft top to the available lightweight hard tops – all can be removed to reveal the 13.3 square foot open top – for the best-in-class second row and overall openness with the top removed.
Ford is clearly all-in on the Built Wild theme they’re targeting with the Bronco. I believe that’s wise. Ford has already established the Bronco Wild Fund to help national parks and as I wrote about recently, they partnered with outdoor rigging company Filson to create a special edition Filson Bronco aimed at helping firefighters.
Plenty of room for gear, too
If hauling outdoor gear is the priority, the 83 cubic-foot rear cargo area on the standard four-door soft top Bronco SUVs cargo area (77.6 cubic feet with optional hard top) offers more volume with the second-row seats folded down than the four-door Jeep Wrangler. Two-door Bronco models also offer a roomy rear cargo area with 52.3 cubic-foot rear cargo area with the second-row seats folded down and a maximum length of 46.1 inches.
There’s room for gear up top as well. When 2021 Bronco two- and four-door SUVs arrive at Ford dealerships next year, there will be more than 200 Ford licensed accessories available including Platform roof carriers and Heavy Duty (HD) two person tents by Yakima® to complete the outdoor experience. All can be specified when customers order their vehicles, be included in the vehicle financing and installed at the dealer.
“Bronco is designed to be more than just the rugged 4x4 that gets you there, but also the destination in itself,” Mangan said. “You can have fun all day running in the desert sands or crawling along rocky trails – and at the end of the day, it’s your base camp and place to relax and enjoy the great outdoors.”
My colleague Marc Stern wrote about the Bronco OG concept that comes with a two-person tent.
Between all this and how well the Bronco family of vehicles did in the Rebelle Rally race recently, Bronco is already finding its groove even before it’s out on the car lots for sale. By the way, there’s no known delays yet to the production schedule for the Bronco as it’s still expected to be available early summer of 2021.
So, I want to hear from you Bronco enthusiasts, would you use the Bronco to go camping? Would you sleep out under the stars? Leave me a comment and let me know. Count me in on the off-roading fun we can have in the Broncos, but I’d rather retire to a hotel for a comfortable bed.
Jimmy Dinsmore has been an automotive journalist for more than a decade and been a writer since the high school. His Driver’s Side column features new car reviews and runs in several newspapers throughout the country. He is also co-author of the book “Mustang by Design” and “Ford Trucks: A Unique Look at the Technical History of America’s Most Popular Truck”. Also, Jimmy works in the social media marketing world for a Canadian automotive training aid manufacturing company. Follow Jimmy on Facebook, Twitter, at his special Ford F-150 coverage on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can read the most of Jimmy's stories by searching Torque News Ford for daily Ford vehicle report.