The New Ford Bronco May Be Even More Powerful Than We Thought

If this report is correct, the Bronco will have significantly more power than the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner.

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The new Ford Bronco will launch very soon. While we’ve surmised a fair about what the new SUV will look like, the powertrain beneath its boxy remains one of the biggest outstanding questions. Now, we may have an answer: according to Ford Authority, the Bronco will use Ford’s 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 engine, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

That’s the same engine Ford uses in the F-150 pickup truck, as well as the Edge ST and Lincoln Nautilus crossovers. In the F-150, it puts out 325 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.

If this report proves correct, the big remaining question is whether the 2.7-liter V6 would be the bigger, smaller, or sole engine on offer when the Bronco goes on sale early next year. (The original Bronco, for the record, had a V8, but those were very different times.)

If we had to guess, we’d bet the 2.7-liter turbo V6 will be the larger of two engines. The Bronco, after all, will share much of its underpinnings with the Ranger, so bringing over the Ranger’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged inline four-cylinder as the base engine would be natural. Indeed, an earlier report based on Canadian Tire’s website suggested that I-4 would power the Bronco when it reaches the market.

That engine — offering 270 hp — lines up well with the base powertrains in competitors like the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner. The V6 would then provide a substantial power upgrade, which would give Ford an edge.

We also don’t know from the report whether the 10-speed automatic transmission will be the only one offered. A Jalopnik report said Ford has partnered with Getrag to produce a seven-speed manual gearbox for the 2.7-liter V6.

A stick shift would be popular with enthusiasts, though perhaps not essential for sales. After all, the 4Runner no longer has a manual, and the manual take rate on the Jeep Wrangler is only around 10 percent.

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