Oh, Canada—land of poutine, NBA champions, and probably one of the tantalizing automotive information leaks of the 12 months. Auto elements emporium Canadian Tire lately up to date its web site to incorporate the highly-anticipated 2021 Ford Bronco in its elements finder software, and it is seemingly confirmed one of many engine selections within the course of: a 2.Three-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder.
The data was initially noticed by Off-Highway.com and stays stay on canadiantire.ca as of this writing. The configurator lets you choose the 2021 mannequin 12 months, which in flip locks “Ford Vehicles” as the only real make and “Bronco” as the one automobile presently listed. The ultimate dropdown menu offers engine selections for no matter automobile you are investigating; the one choice for the 2021 Ford Bronco is a “Four-140 2.3L DOHC.” That represents Ford’s 2.Three-liter turbo-four, variations of that are discovered within the Mustang, the brand new Ford Explorer, and the Ford Ranger, the place it makes 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.
Its use within the new Bronco would not come as an enormous shock; the SUV will share each a platform and a plant with the U.S.-market Ranger, so logic suggests it’ll obtain the pickup’s engine in an analogous tune and probably its 10-speed automated gearbox as nicely. However its extremely unlikely for that to be the only real powertrain choice like it’s within the Ranger, as Ford has beforehand confirmed plans for a hybrid Bronco. A seven-speed guide transmission has additionally been rumored.
And earlier than you pre-judge the “puny” four-cylinder, go drive the brand new Ranger. Paired to that automated, it is fast and well-sorted, and the most effective all-around powertrains presently present in a midsize truck. It is a strong light-weight efficiency different to a V-6, or perhaps a V-Eight in the proper utility. And it ought to be famous that the Jeep Wrangler, which stays primary on the Bronco’s hit listing, additionally presents a turbo-four at a premium on sure trims.
The Drive reached out to Ford for touch upon the obvious leak, and the automaker declined to remark. So formally, we nonetheless know little or no in regards to the Bronco, besides that it is slated to be revealed someday in 2020. However unofficially, we now know the Bronco will provide a 2.Three-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, detachable doorways, severe off-road talents, a basic look, and extra.