To date, everyone knows that a new Ford Bronco is imminent. You should also know that it makes its debut on July 13, but as a reminder, Ford dropped this new teaser video to whet our appetite for reborn all-terrain vehicles. Unfortunately, there is nothing to see regarding the Bronco in action, but there is much to hear engine stuffed under the hood.
The 35-second video is a first-person perspective of the new Bronco covering almost all environments except for paved roads. We see paths with two tracks crossing vast meadows, dirt roads winding around rocky outcrops, forest roads, an open desert, mud, snow, you name it. Sometimes we hear the unmistakable rumble of a six cylinder, which confirms almost at least some trim levels will have such an engine. The question is, what could this six-pot be?
The main contender is Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6, producing an impressive 325 horsepower. It is believed to have been the driving force behind Ford’s Bronco R Baja, and it would certainly make for an exciting street version. However, there are two other V6 gasoline engines in Ford’s stable – a 3.3-liter mill developing 290 horsepower and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo engine developing 375 horsepower. The latter seems extremely unlikely in anything other than a Bronco Raptor, but the base V6 could be a viable option.
Another widely speculated engine possibility is not a V6 at all. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine develops 270 horsepower in the Ford Ranger, and could fit under the hood of the Bronco for some models. Yes, we clearly hear a V6 rattle in this clip, but only in certain places. The music does a good job of masking engine noise in other areas, so there is still some mystery in the mix here.
This mystery will be solved in just two weeks. After several delays due to the coronavirus and an awkward coincidence with O.J. Simpson’s birthday, the Bronco 2021 will debut at a live event on July 13. You can watch this happen live here at Motor1.com.