Ford Introduces Special Edition Bronco Everglades

“Off-road” is a pretty broad term. Most of the world is unpaved. Off-roading, then, can mean blasting through the desert. Or glide around the beach. This could mean rock crawling, or plunging down a wooded path and wading into a river. It can mean many things.

So off-road vehicles tend to be highly customizable things. Its owners pair it with all sorts of tools to make it perform better than stock vehicles over certain types of terrain.

Automakers know this, so they tend to treat off-road special editions as a kind of partially painted canvas. They will take an SUV with respectable off-road credentials, raise it a few inches, modify the bumper to give it a sharper approach and angle of departure, and send it off to a dealer, understanding that buyers will probably add more to the canvas. Crane. Snorkel. Aftermarket brush guard. Anything will help solve the particular problem of their favorite local trail.

The Ford Bronco is an excellent canvas, with inner corners, independent front suspension and a locking front differential (one of only three vehicles available from the factory with that combination).

But Ford saw no reason to wait for a buyer to fill it. Instead, the company is having fun with the special edition.

The newest one is the mud and water monster: the 2022 Ford Bronco Everglades special edition. Starting at $53,000 plus destination and shipping costs $1,495. But, if you want it, you have to queue. It will be offered only to those who already have a reservation for the Bronco. Ford’s move towards bespoke-only models seems to be creating a real scarcity with special editions like this and the Bronco Raptor.

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The foundations of the Everglades edition are solid. It carries a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo-4 engine that makes 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque (on premium fuel – the numbers are slightly lower with the cheaper stuff). Power is sent to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. It has a crawl ratio of 67.8:1.

The Everglades includes the same equipment as the Bronco Sasquatch pack. That gives it 35-inch mud tires, Bilstein shocks, and high-range fender flares.

From there, Ford added everything imaginable to help the truck survive the water and mud.

The most obvious addition is the snorkel. This is a unique one. The driver can turn it around – the air intake faces forward under normal conditions but can be reversed to avoid a lot of dust. The transfer and transmission boxes also have higher ventilation. Overall, Ford says, that allows the Everglades model to wade through water up to 36.4 inches.

Other additions include a 10,000-pound Warn winch that is mounted on the bumper so it doesn’t interfere with the front sensors. There are protective safari bars, rock rails and the same armor plates found on the Black Diamond and Badlands Bronco models.

Built to Get Wet Inside and Out

The Everglades Edition is only available as a 4-door model, with a colored hardtop.

On the outside, the Everglades are distinguished by a carbonized gray grille and square wheel arches. Buyers can choose from five colors, one of which – Desert Sand – is exclusive to the Everglades edition. The Everglades decal is undoubtedly the Bronco model you are looking for.

Previous reports said the Everglades models would include sliding rear doors, but Ford’s press materials didn’t mention that.

Inside, the wet theme continues. Marine grade vinyl covers the seats. Ford says they sit on “rubber washout floors,” but we wouldn’t recommend flushing the interior. The 12-inch infotainment touchscreen might not handle it well.

Green accent stitching, grip handles and air vents are unique to the Everglades model. Ford calls the color “Urban Green,” as if someone would buy this snorkel-equipped off-roader to park outside the club. Why they didn’t attribute it to the Everglades crocodiles, we’ll never know.

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