After one COVID-19 related delay and another caused by an unfortunate coincidence, the 2021 Ford Bronco is finally set to debut on July 13th. And as we’re getting closer and closer to that date, Ford will undoubtedly share some teasers with us to keep the excitement alive. The first comes to us in the form of a short video that showcases the way the new Bronco engine sounds.
Not that this should surprise anyone, but the Bronco engine sounds we hear in this video are most definitely not coming from a V8. No, those noises are most definitely reminiscent of a smaller displacement engine, not the 5.0L Coyote V8 we all know and love, not that this wasn’t completely expected.
We already know that the Bronco will be available with Ford’s 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine, as Ford Authority was the first to report earlier this year. But some spy photos that surfaced recently also showed a Ford 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder under the hood, an engine also used in the current Ford Ranger. In this case, the mysterious engine certainly sounds like a six-cylinder EcoBoost powerplant.
Aside from those Bronco engine noises, this short 35 second clip continues Ford’s “Wild” advertising campaign that it’s attached to the reborn off-road SUV. We get to see the new Bronco barrel down and slide around various surfaces and rugged roads, spanning every sort of surface imaginable, except for paved ones.
It’s enough to whet our appetites as we slowly crawl toward the official Bronco reveal in a couple of weeks. Then, we’ll learn the exact specs of the model’s engine lineup, along with its pair of transmission choices – likely a seven-speed manual transmission equipped with a granny/crawl gear and 10-speed automatic.
Buyers can opt for either a Bronco two-door or four-door at launch, and a pickup truck variant will follow around 18 months later. Several roof options will be offered initially, along with at least two tire packages – one for off-road use, and another for on-road use. Additionally, there will be three grille options to choose from, as Ford Authority was first to exclusively report. A Bronco Raptor could join the lineup in 2022 and might come equipped with Ford’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6.