2022 Ford Bronco Everglades side graphic can measure water depth
Ford loves putting Easter eggs on its vehicles, from the Mustang logo etched on the pony car’s windshield to a Baja 1000 checkpoint map on the F-150 Raptor’s bed graphics. The new 2022 Ford Bronco Everglades is no exception, and people are already combing through the SUV. AutoPacific analyst Robby DeGraff has our favorite take on Twitter: The fender graphic has a built-in ruler to help drivers gauge wading depth.
The Bronco Everglades openly proclaims the topographic map of its namesake national park on this body accent, but if you look closely, you can see small horizontal notches in the vinyl that show off the car’s paintwork underneath. These cutouts are a few centimeters apart and could theoretically be used to gauge water depth when fording a small body of water, and their location should make them relatively easy to see from side windows. We emailed Ford to see if it was an intentional move or just a happy accident, but we can’t imagine it was the latter.
Unlike some automakers who seem to discourage water crossings, Ford is happy to brag about the new Bronco variant’s impressive capabilities in this regard. Engineers relocated the Everglades differential, transmission and transfer case breathing tubes to provide an additional 3 inches of fording ability over other Broncos for a total of 36.4 ticks of the strip. The Everglades also have a distinctive intake snorkel that helps deliver clean, fresh air to the engine in dusty, snowy, or – you guessed it – wet conditions, and the inlet can be angled forward. or backwards as needed.
It must be said (at the very least so that you don’t sue me) that the fording depth of the Everglades is in ideal conditions, so off-roaders should always avoid fast currents and muddy substrate. Also, always inspect and measure any water crossing thoroughly before setting out.
If you still manage to mess it up after all that, the Bronco Everglades has a standard Warn 10,000-pound winch with 100 feet of synthetic line to help save your day in the mud – or to pull out another sinking motorist. who didn’t make sure their rig would make the crossing.