Here’s What Will Power The 2021 Ford Bronco: Exclusive

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The 2021 Ford Bronco is probably the most anticipated product from The Blue Oval this decade. Heck, it’s probably one of the most anticipated vehicles this decades from any automaker. And while Ford Authority has been here every step of the way to provide you the latest spy shots and other tid-bits of exclusive information about the resurrected Bronco, none was as big as what we’re about to report.

The 2021 Ford Bronco will be powered by the twin-turbo 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine mated to the 10-speed automatic transmission, Ford Authority has learned from sources familiar with the vehicle project.

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Currently, the 2.7L EcoBoost engine does duty in several Ford Motor Company vehicles, including the F-150, Ford Edge ST as well as the Lincoln Nautilus. The exact output of the motor in the Bronco is currently unclear, but we can gather a general idea by looking at the vehicle with the closest powertrain configuration – the Ford F-150.

That’s because the F-150 is the only Ford model to use the 2.7L V6 EcoBoost Nano engine in a longitudinal orientation, while also being mated to the 10-speed automatic gearbox. So, in the F-150, the 2.7L V6 EcoBoost is rated at 325 horsepower at 5,000 RPM and 400 pound-feet of torque at 2,750 RPM. The twin-boosted and intercooled, Dual OverHead Cam (DOHC) six-banger uses aluminum heads and a compacted graphite iron block.

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It’s currently unclear whether the 2.7L V6 EcoBoost will be the only engine in the 2021 Ford Bronco, or whether other engines will also be offered.

Look for the 2021 Ford Bronco to debut at a special event in March while making its public debut at the 2020 New York International Auto Show in April, as Ford Authority was first to report. Loosely based on the Ford T6 platform shared with the midsize Ford Ranger pickup and Ford Everest SUV, the new midsize Bronco will be significantly more offroad-oriented than either of its platform mates. It will be available in both two-door and four-door body styles; a pickup truck variant will also be made available to fight the Jeep Gladiator.

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A smaller unibody vehicle, colloquially known as the “baby Bronco”, will join the lineup soon after. According to Ford Authority sources, The Blue Oval currently plans call for this model to carry the “Bronco Sport” name, despite other reports stating that it will be named the Bronco Maverick.

A prototype of the unibody “baby” Bronco model, believed to be called Bronco Sport

We’ll have much more juicy information on the Ford Bronco in the near future, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Bronco news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

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Written by Alex Luft

Ford Authority founder with a passion for global automotive business strategy.

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  1. I would have been much happier with the new 3.0L Nano V6. It’s the same engine, but obviously a slightly higher displacement and it switches from a compacted graphite block to an aluminum block, making it stronger.

      • I should probably edit my statement to explain that its machine-ability and strength were more optimal for production. You must understand that the compacted graphite iron block isn’t just like any other iron engine block. Please refer to many online articles that discuss the differences not only between the two motors, but also the two materials. It will answer your question better than I.

  2. disappointed. Not with the engine. With the transmission. my favorite means of operating a vehicle is being left in the dust. I f****** suck at working on auto trans too. Always in the way of everything and nothing works the same after you (have to) take it apart. i guess i’ll wait for the 2022 bronco and keep my fingers crossed. Im sure my 20 year old 4runner will still be running in 2 years

    • It’s going to have a 7 speed manual transmission. Admittedly, I’ve never had the luxury via availability of driving a manual, so much like the average millennial, I don’t understand the appeal, but might once I own one, which I plan to do. There used to be a lot of advantages to manuals, but given advances made to automatics since the hay-day of manuals, those advantages are much less pronounced, if present at all.

  3. The pics show a Bronco, that is more roughtly then I expected, especially with the big tires from the F150 Raptor. With the 2.7 Ecoboost it has also more power I expected. There are so many emission regulations and Ford will give us this thing. I´m proud to be a part of the family.

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