Swamp People: 2022 Ford Bronco Everglades

swamp people 2022 ford bronco everglades

If you like your off-roading with a side of swamp, Ford has created a Bronco variant just for you. Called the Everglades (presumably, Bronco Bog and Bayou didn’t track too well in focus groups), it comes standard with a snorkel to help with water crossings and integrated Warn winch to haul you out of the mire.

Or, to simply show off at the trailhead. Your call.

The new Everglades is apparently the first Ford vehicle ever equipped with a snorkel right from the factory. Mounted on the A-pillar and plumbed right into the Bronco’s breather, it has a pair of reversible plates to direct air intake forward or rearward. The latter is important when driving headlong into heavy rain or snow and is a creative solution compared to the sad-sack Tacoma unit which must be publicly and embarrassingly swiveled rearward lest it suck in all kinds of water in inclement weather. And – note that Ford, unlike Toyota, did not succumb to bedwetting lawyers and actually called this thing a snorkel instead of a ‘desert air intake’.

Water fording jumps to 36.4 inches, about six inches higher than the desk at which you’re sitting reading this article instead of working. Anyone who’s modified a side-by-side UTV or other off-road rig knows other air intakes also need to be moved northward to avoid damaging critical drivetrain parts when driving through water – Ford has raised vents for both axles, transfer case, and transmission.

Speaking of power teams, the Everglades will be available with the 2.3L EcoBoost engine, good for 300 horses and 325 lb-ft of twist, mated to a 10-speed automatic. Those clamoring for a stick should recall the auto permits Bronco to execute the trick Rear Dig (Trail Turn Assist) which locks up one rear wheel at very low speeds to help the brute pivot itself around a corner.

Those are 35-inch Goodyears at each corner as part of the Sasquatch package, plus steel bash plates from the Badlands. A set of rock rails line the SUV’s edges, while a unique-look grille peeps out from behind that burly safari bar. Anyone blessed with the gift of sight will have noticed the Warn winch by now, one which is rated for 10,000 pounds and has 100 feet worth of synthetic line. Ford offers an integrated winch as part of an off-road package on some of its Super Duty pickups, so they surely used some lessons learned from that project.

And if you noted the square-ish wheel arches, go ahead and give yourself a gold star. For apparently wanted to give the Everglades an immediately recognizable look and this is a smart way to do it. The black fender graphics are unique to the Everglades and are meant to pay homage to this SUV’s namesake. As for the interior, look for marine-grade vinyl seats and rubberized washout flooring for easy swamp management. Still, don’t splash around too much bog water since a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen is also part of the deal.

Bronco Everglades will join the Bronco lineup this summer. Ordering begins in March, exclusively for existing Bronco reservation holders, and pricing will start at $54,495 including destination and delivery charges.

[Images: Ford, © 2021 Tim Healey/TTAC]

Editor’s note: We snuck a pic of the Bronco Raptor in here. It’s the orange one.

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  • Namesakeone Namesakeone on Feb 10, 2022

    Maybe the second-gen MX-6 was more sporty, aggressive and American (not to mention better looking), but I disagree it was of worse quality. Take it from someone who put close to 300,000 miles on his.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Feb 11, 2022

    Not sure why they didn't go with Bronco Mar-a-Lago.

  • MaintenanceCosts The sweet spot of this generation isn't made anymore: the SRT 392. The Scat Pack is more or less filling the same space but it lacks a lot of the goodies, including SRT suspension, brakes, and seats. The Hellcat is too much and isn't available with a manual anymore.
  • Arthur Dailey I am normally a fan of Exner's designs but by this time the front end on the Stutz like most of the rest of the vehicle is a laughable monstrosity of gauche. The interior finishes suit the rest of the vehicle. Corey please put this series out of its misery. This is one vehicle manufacturer best left on the scrap heap of history.
  • Art Vandelay I always thought what my Challenger really needed was a convertible top to make it heavier and make visability worse.
  • Dlc65688410 Please stop, we can't take anymore of this. Think about doing something on the Spanish Pegaso.
  • MaintenanceCosts A few bits of context largely missing from this article:(1) For complicated historical reasons, the feds already end up paying much of the cost of buying new transit buses of all types. It is easier legally and politically to put capital funds than operating funds into the federal budget, so the model that has developed in most US agencies is that operational costs are raised from a combination of local taxes and fares while the feds pick up much of the agencies' capital needs. So this is not really new spending but a new direction for spending that's been going on for a long time.(2) Current electric buses are range-challenged. Depending on type of service they can realistically do 100-150 miles on a charge. That's just fine for commuter service where the buses typically do one or two trips in the morning, park through the midday, and do one or two trips in the evening. It doesn't work well for all-day service. Instead of having one bus that can stay out from early in the morning until late at night (with a driver change or two) you need to bring the bus back to the garage once or twice during the day. That means you need quite a few more buses and also increases operating costs. Many agencies are saying for political reasons that they are going to go electric in this replacement cycle but the more realistic outcome is that half the buses can go electric while the other half need one more replacement cycle for battery density to improve. Once the buses can go 300 miles in all weather they will be fine for the vast majority of service.(3) With all that said, the transition to electric will be very good. Moving from straight diesel to hybrid already cut down substantially on emissions, but even reduced diesel emissions cause real public health damage in city settings. Transitioning both these buses and much of the urban truck fleet to electric will have measurable and meaningful impacts on public health.