A Canadian member of the automotive media was at his local car parts store seeking spark plugs when he saw a selection for the “2021 Ford Bronco” on the finder screen. According to his Twitter, the new Bronco will have the 2.3L EcoBoost base engine that is shared with the 2020 Ford Mustang, 2020 Ford Ranger, and 2020 Ford Explorer.
While that may fluster some folks fantasizing over a V8, keep in mind that this engine closely rivals what we see in the engine bay of a JL Jeep Wrangler, which is a 2.0L turbo four. The Toyota 4Runner, meanwhile, soldiers on with a 4.0L V6 as its base motor. At the end of the day, the 2021 Ford Bronco will likely feature more than just the starter EcoBoost four-pot.
We’re just speculating at this point, but the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 or even the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 could also find themselves in the engine bay of the new Bronco on higher-end models. Even fitting the 2.7L EcoBoost into the Bronco would give it class leading horsepower and torque numbers, if we’re going off what we see in the 2019 Ford F-150.
Here’s what we could see. In the Ford Ranger, the 2.3L EcoBoost provides a robust 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, with class-leading EPA-rated fuel economy thanks to help from its standalone 10-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the JL Jeep Wrangler 2.0L Turbo provides 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, while its V6 yields 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 4.0L V6 in the Toyota 4Runner also provides 270 horsepower, with 278 lb-ft of torque. If the 2.3L EcoBoost output remains the same for the 2021 Ford Bronco, it would have class-leading torque, and par-for-course horsepower. However, the 2.3L EcoBoost makes 300 horsepower in the new 2020 Ford Explorer, which certainly make things a little more lively for the segment.