2022 Ford Bronco Everglades for a deeper off-road

The radio crackled, “We have a chance to win!”

A fallen tree stands in the way, giving us an excuse to tap into one of the core capabilities of the 2022 Ford Bronco Everglade. It’s time to put the Bronco Everglades to good use.

The addition of $54,595 (including destination cost $1,595) 2022 Ford Bronco Everglades to the lineup gives the already capable Bronco the ability to wade in deeper water and handle mud better than any Bronco but more expensive and more powerful, the Bronco Raptor. It can also pull over obstacles or climb and escape thanks to its standard winch.

In an all-day adventure on Drummond Island, Michigan, it becomes clear that the Everglades have their place in the Bronco toy chest.

The back plate on the Everglades snorkel can be removed with three screws and moved to the back (or front) of the snorkel depending on wind, activity and whether one wants to hear more or less of the turbocharger hum.

The most notable feature of the Bronco Everglades is the snorkel mounted along the A-pillar of the passenger side. This increases the air inlet and enters the new intake system through a hole in the front fender.

Sorry non-Everglades owners, the snorkel is not a plug-and-play piece you can add to your Bronco. However, the Bronco program manager, Mike House, told Motor Authority the team is looking into offering a snorkel arrangement through Ford Performance’s accessories division.

The snorkel is important, but it’s not the only element that elevates the Everglade’s water fording capabilities to an impressive 36.4 inches from the other 33.5-inch Broncos with the Sasquatch package. The driveline ventilation tube also helps. Ford upgraded the transmission, front differential, and transfer case ventilation tubes to 3.4 inches and the rear differential ventilation tubes to 2.2 inches.

For those tracking, the non-Sasquatch Bronco can wade through 31.5 inches of water and the Braptor can glide through 37.0 inches of water, but the latter is largely due to the large 37-inch tires.

The Everglades fit between trees and trails that the Braptor can’t reach because of the 8.6-inch width that desert runners add. Size matters, kids. Drivers need to make sure they choose the right tool, or in this case the Bronco, for the job.

Fitted with the standard Sasquatch package, the Everglades features full-time four-wheel drive, locks front and rear axles, a 1.2-inch raised suspension (from the base of the Bronco) and uses Bilstein dampers with end-stop control valves, a 67.8:1 crawl ratio, and 35-inch Goodyear Mud Terrain tires, along with slip plates for the engine, transfer box and fuel tank.

The fallen tree poses no problem as the Everglades features a Warn Zeon 10-S winch with a 100-foot-long synthetic line mounted on the front bumper. The winch is controlled by a 12-foot long cable remote. Vehicle Dynamics Engineer Chris Berchin says wired remotes provide a faster response than wireless remotes, which are less precise and have less lag in responding to control inputs.

The Everglades can carry out its own restoration or remove trees from trails to make way for underprivileged off-roaders. We paved the way twice, but there was no need to make a recovery as the Bronco seemed unstoppable during our all-day adventure.

The Bronco Everglades rolled off the assembly line and drove down the public road next to the MOD center (the same place the Raptor's rear suspension dropped) to have the winch installed and the safety control control module recalibrated to account for the winch and extra weight

The Bronco Everglades rolled off the assembly line and drove down the public road next to the MOD center (the same place the Raptor’s rear suspension dropped) to have the winch installed and the safety control control module recalibrated to account for the winch and extra weight

The hoist is not a ready-made Alert system. Ford added an additional powder coating to the housing, different fasteners, and a different fairing for added durability.

In particular, Ford went a step further by conducting a crash test of the Everglades with a winch to ensure they would all meet safety requirements. This is the advantage of factory integration.

In a heritage nod to the original Bronco, the Bronco Everglades features a square fender flare rather than the standard Bronco round flare.

In a heritage nod to the original Bronco, the Bronco Everglades features square fender flares rather than the standard Bronco round flares.

Also enhancing the Everglade’s capabilities are standard stone rails, roof rack with slats, small bull rods, modular steel bumpers with removable end caps, and the same steel plates found on the Black Diamond Bronco model, on which the Everglades are based. . It also features unique fender flares with a less rounded design.

Inside, the Everglades has a 12.0-inch touchscreen versus the 8.0-inch unit found on the Black Diamond Bronco, marine-grade vinyl seats with wide, comfortable cushions that are easy to clean, and rubber floors with drains that make cleaning quick.

The Bronco Everglades features a special intake design that is routed differently from other Broncos thanks to the snorkel

The Bronco Everglades features a special intake design that is routed differently from other Broncos thanks to the snorkel

The base Bronco 2.3-liter turbo-4 with 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque is the only engine option and is connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. It makes more than adequate power both on and off the road. Not once in nearly seven hours have I muddy, waded through the water, and crawled on rocks where I wanted to gain strength.

The snorkel has a blocking plate that can be moved to the front or back of the snorkel. With the blocking plate mounted at the front, I could hear the turbo turning loudly as I hit the gas and the engine sucking air into the snorkel near the front passenger window. With the windows lowered, it was a riot. Some may find this annoying, but I didn’t fall into that camp. For those who hate fun, moving the blocking plate to the back of the snorkel eliminates about 80% of turbo spooling noise, according to House.

The Bronco Everglades is rated as capable of wading through 36.4 inches of water

The Bronco Everglades is rated as capable of wading through 36.4 inches of water

The Bronco Everglades is rated as capable of wading through 36.4 inches of water

The Bronco Everglades is rated as capable of wading through 36.4 inches of water

The Bronco Everglades is rated as capable of wading through 36.4 inches of water

The Bronco Everglades is rated as capable of wading through 36.4 inches of water

As we approached the part of the trail that looked more like a river, the radio went, “We got a Jeep.”

A JK Wrangler was heading our way through the water, which must have been about three feet deep, give or take. The Jeep had ridiculously big wheels with all-terrain tires and was moving very slowly through the water. Once through, the Jeep turned and sprinted down the same road again, as if to say, “I’m here too, Guys.” Tiny.

In stock bones, factory-built Bronco Everglades with 17-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch tires, we cruised through these river-like trails as fast as we could without breaking the track. We aim to tread lightly. Nature is beautiful, don’t destroy it while you are enjoying it. Even modified, the Jeep may not have been able to handle our speed.

2022 Ford Bronco Everglades

2022 Ford Bronco Everglades

That’s math out

At $54,595, the Bronco Everglades costs $2,940 more than comparable Black Diamond models. The hoist alone, which doesn’t have Ford’s tweaks, retails for $1,807, according to Warn spokesman Andy Lilienthal, and that doesn’t include winch mounting or fitting. Then there is the integration of the snorkel and air intake, the integration of the safety system for the winch, and the manufacturer’s warranty. That’s before discussing the raised breather tube for the drivetrain, which is very important, the 12.0-inch touchscreen not available on the Black Diamond, and improved lighting.

The Everglades isn’t just a break-even proposition if that’s the kind of setup Bronco shoppers want. This is actually a fair deal out of the box. Though, for 2022 it is available exclusively to current reservation holders. Ford would not comment on the availability of the Everglades for the 2023 model year.

With the addition of the Raptor and Everglades, the Bronco lineup now consists of eight models. But the Everglades got its place. It lets you go deep into nature, enjoy it, heal yourself or others safely, and do it all with the manufacturer’s warranty.

Ford pays for airfare, 2-star hotels, and off-road access for Motor Authority to bring you this live report and swat the big black fly in the street.

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