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Electric Off-Roaders Are Popping Up Like Daisies

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The Ford Bronco still isn’t in the hands of customers yet, but if we focus on the long game, the little delays here and there will fade out focus from the big picture. Just as well, Ford Motor Company is most certainly charting the course of this vehicle well into the future. Of course, with various authorities pushing everybody into electrification, that likely means that there would have to be an electric Ford Bronco of some sort. And, on Twitter, Ford CEO Jim Farley teased an EV option for the Bronco.

Electric Truck And SUV Offerings: The Next Big Thing?

The off-road truck and SUV scene has exploded in popularity over the past few years, but most of the segment’s flagship vehicles feature traditional powertrains. Take the twin-turbo V6-powered Ford F-150 Raptor, for example. Or the optional diesel engine in the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, or the Hellcat-powered Ram TRX. However, that seems to be changing. Look no further than electric entries launching soon, such as the Rivian R1S and R1T, the upcoming Hummer EV family, as well as the Jeep Wrangler 4xe hybrid and the recently revealed Magneto electric Wrangler concept. With regards to an electric Ford Bronco, it just seems inevitable at this point, but unclear as to when exactly the SUV will reveal itself.

The 2021 Ford Bronco will launch with a standard 2.3L EcoBoost turbo four cylinder engine that will produce a punchy 300 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque with premium fuel. Opt for the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 shared with the 2021 F-150, and the Bronco will deliver 330 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque with premium fuel. It should be noted that both engines can run on 87 octane, but output is slightly lowered. The powertrains are both paired with a ten-speed automatic, while the 2.3L can be had with a manual transmission, as well.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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