The gauntlet is nearing the home stretch when it comes to the impending arrival of the 2021 Ford Bronco, rumors, reports, and even spy photos of the rugged off-roader have made their way into the digital world over the past few months. But while Ford has managed to keep details surrounding its engine lineup a closely guarded secret, a new report appears to offer a compelling clue on this subject.
According to the folks at Ford Authority the new Bronco will arrive with the company’s 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine which would be paired with a 10-speed transmission. The publication claims that its information comes from “sources familiar with the vehicle project” though Ford for its part has neither confirmed nor denied the claims posted by Ford Authority. When it comes to the engine aspect of things, that particular aspect has been a very difficult thing to predict with several options being considered.
Given its roots on the Ranger pickup platform, the smaller 2.3 liter EB four cylinder seems to be all but assured for the Bronco, with the 2.7 perhaps being used on higher trims. A V8 powered Bronco Raptor has also been rumored, but no sightings have occured to confirm its existence. While the 2.7 liter is perhaps best known for seeing duty in the F-150, Ford also uses the mill in the Edge ST as well as the Lincoln Nautilus. In the F-150, the engine is good for 325 horsepower while the Edge and Nautilus get 10 more horsepower for a total of 335 horsepower. Look for the Bronco’s figure to perhaps be in between those numbers assuming it is indeed using this engine.
But the engine lineup is only part of the Bronco story, with many other questions surrounding its full lineup f accesories, fuel economy, and even pricing all being unknown variables at this point. But thankfully the wait will not be too long, with Ford confirming that the Bronco will be revealed in early spring, with it possibly sppearing at the New York or Detroit Auto Show.