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Did Someone Leak The New Ford Bronco's Engine?

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Looks like the Ranger's supplying more than just its chassis.

Closely as it's expected to be based on the Ranger, we've long had our assumptions about what will power the forthcoming reborn Ford Bronco, once it hits the scene. And this may very well have confirmed it.

Canadian auto-scribe Matthew "Dude Drives Cars" Guy, via Twitter, was apparently at his local car-parts store, browsing the spark-plug-finder screen, and found the 2021 Ford Bronco, listed with its basic engine specs, the details of which are shown on his picture below. "4-140 2.3L DOHC" is what it says under "engine size." Just what the 140 is for, we're not sure. But the other elements speak volumes.

The Ranger, for what it's worth, comes powered by a 2.3-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine – turbocharged to the tune of 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque – as its only available engine (in North America). This display screen would ostensibly confirm the same for the Bronco, which would only make sense.

The same essential engine also serves (among other applications) as the base powertrain option in the latest iteration of the Ford Explorer, where it produces the same amount of torque as the Ranger's but a bit more power at 300 hp.

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In the Mustang that engine kicks out 310 hp and as much as 350 lb-ft, with the Focus RS showing its true potential at 350 hp and just as much torque.

Just how big a punch the Bronco will pack, we can't say. Ford may offer the same engine in multiple states of tune, or even a bigger engine option: the Explorer's optional 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 boasts 365 hp and 380 lb-ft, or 400 hp and 415 lb-ft in ST spec. We're even expecting a hybrid version. We'll just have to hang tight until Ford reveals the full specs.