Technically, this is all possible.
As we eagerly await the reveal of the Ranger-based reborn Ford Bronco, we’ve also found ourselves wondering whether it’ll only be offered with turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. It’s a great engine no doubt, powering the Focus RS, Mustang, and, of course, the Ranger. But is that the only engine the Bronco will have? We had our and doubts and now the folks from The Fast Lane Car have learned some exciting new details.
First and foremost, a Bronco Raptor is in the works, according to TFLCar’s "confidential sources.” It’ll reportedly be powered by the 2.7-liter V6 found in the F-150 with around 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. And there’s more: the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 is also up for consideration. Honestly though, we have our doubts about the latter engine mainly because it could drastically increase the Bronco’s price tag beyond what its core audience wants to pay.
The V6 seems like a more reasonable option and still offers plenty of power. Another interesting Bronco rumor discussed is the potential return of the Maverick. Supposedly, the Bronco Maverick is coming at some point down the line but the source couldn’t offer any additional specifics. Now, there’s a chance the Bronco Maverick nameplate will be applied to the also confirmed "Baby Bronco” in the works. Remember, this smaller vehicle is based on the same platform as the new Focus, which is no longer sold in the US. In other words, an off-road focused crossover.
We don’t know for sure yet whether the Bronco or the Baby Bronco/Bronco Maverick will come first, but other unnamed sources claim it’ll be the latter, sometime in early 2020. The full-on Bronco SUV will come the following year.
Sandwiched in between those reveals will be the all-new F-150, which was just snapped testing in advanced prototype form by our spy photographers. Given Ford’s commitment to introduce a steady stream of new products over the next several years in addition to its commitments towards electric vehicles, there should be no doubt Ford’s truck and off-road future is looking extremely bright.