The rumors won’t stop when it comes to the 2021 Ford Bronco. At this point, we have talked multiple times about the two Bronco strategy that Ford is using. The smaller Bronco that has been spied cruising in modified Ford Ranger bodywork is thought to be the so-called Baby Bronco potentially called the Bronco Scout with some new rumors to suggest it could even be called the Maverick. We prefer the Bronco Scout.
The thing that made us very happy was when a 2021 Ford Bronco test mule was spied rolling around in modified Ford F-150 Raptor bodywork. The thing there is that an F-150-based Bronco would open the door for the entire range of F-150 engine options.
If a larger 2021 Ford Bronco is based on the F-150 and all the engines fit under the hood, why would Ford not offer them? Some suggest that Ford will never offer a V8 in the Bronco, but with the dual vehicle plan, we expect the Ranger-based baby Bronco to only get the previously leaked 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that the 2019 Ford Ranger uses.
The market is begging Ford to make a Bronco with a V8, and the Blue Oval would be insane to build a Bronco that fits the 5.0-liter V8 engine under the hood and not offer that engine. The door is also open for a 2021 Ford Bronco Raptor with the high-output EcoBoost. With Ford aiming directly at the Jeep Wrangler with the Bronco, a V8 and a higher-performance Raptor version would certainly set the Bronco apart from the competition in the segment.
A 2021 Ford Bronco landing with a V8 under the hood and straight axles front and back along with a removable roof and doors would have off-road fans lining up. We hope that Ford can make the 2021 Bronco narrow enough that it can fit down tight trails.