2021 Ford Bronco Engine News: 2.3L EcoBoost on the Way?

Thanks, auto-parts store, for the tip.

We've known about the Ford Bronco's return for some time now but when it comes to details like powertrain choices, we remain in the dark. Until now, as a leak on Twitter appears to have confirmed at least one engine option for the 2021 Ford Bronco.

A photo taken by Twitter user Matthew the Car Guy indicates that an item locator in a parts shop has listed the 2021 Ford Bronco being available with a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. (It's presumed the 4 means four-cylinder, and the 140 translates to cubic inches.) That's the same engine used by the Ford Ranger pickup, so this makes sense given that the two more or less share a platform. In the Ranger the 2.3-liter EcoBoost makes 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, and comes paired exclusively to a 10-speed automatic.

We expect the 2.3-liter turbo-four to be the base engine on the 2021 Ford Bronco. Whether it gets a higher output version like the 2020 Explorer remains to be seen but at least we now have an idea with what to expect under the hood. Higher-output gas engines could be in the cards for the 2021 Ford Bronco, but whether that means a V-8 or a twin-turbo V-6 is unknown. Earlier this year, it was confirmed that the new Bronco will also get a hybrid powertrain option, which could be the same system as in the Explorer hybrid.

Unlike the previous-generation Bronco, which was a full-size SUV last sold in the mid-1990s, the 2021 model will be a midsizer, and it will be offered in two- and four-door configurations and with rear- or four-wheel drive. A removable roof and doors are expected to be available, just as with its chief competitor, the Jeep Wrangler.

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