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.
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.
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.
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.