Ford's 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 is apparently too large for the Bronco.
We should have been celebrating the world debut of the all-new Ford Bronco if everything had gone according to plan. Originally, the rugged off-roader was due to be unveiled at the 2020 New York Auto Show back in April. Ford's US production plants were subsequently shut down for several months, which means we're going to have to wait a little longer for the new Bronco to break cover.
While the Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport haven't been unveiled yet, speculation about a hardcore Raptor version has already begun. Citing inside sources, YouTube channel RevMatchTV has revealed some surprising new details about the Bronco Raptor's powertrain.
You might have been expecting the Ford Bronco Raptor to pack the same 450-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 as its F-150 Raptor sibling, but this apparently won't be the case. According to RevMatchTV's sources, the 3.5-liter unit is simply too large to fit in the Bronco's chassis. So, what will replace it?
Instead, Ford will reportedly use a smaller 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine - the same unit found in the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator. The power output hasn't been confirmed, but this unit produces 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque in the crossovers.
It's going to be a long wait, however, because the Ford Bronco Raptor isn't expected to be unveiled until around a year after the standard Bronco and Bronco Sport.
As for the base versions, the full-size Bronco is expected to be offered with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged inline-four that powers the Ford Ranger rated at 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque and the F-150's 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 with 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. A seven-speed manual transmission is also rumored, but we'll have to wait for official confirmation from Ford.