• The New 2021 Ford Bronco Debuts in 2020 - Here’s When We’ll See It

After making us crib and cry for as long as we can remember, Ford has finally revealed a launch timeline and new logo in a teaser video

Ford Motor Company has decided to give out the details about the launch of the new 2021 Ford Bronco in a small teaser video. The SUV will be coming in the spring of 2020, and with it comes an all-new logo in the video.

There is no denying that the upcoming Ford Bronco is the most anticipated vehicle in the U.S. at the moment. It has been in the news constantly for almost a year now, and it was spotted wearing camouflage a couple of times in the last few months. Leaked information and confirmated has stoked the fire even more. Now, it looks the big day of its reveal is finally set in stone. Are we hyped about it? Hell yeah!

Ford’s Video Revealed Next to Nothing About the 2021 Bronco

Instead of talking about the new Bronco, the 30-odd second video takes a trip down memory lane. Although we are a little disappointed that the company didn’t give any glimpses of the new Bronco, the video shows us the previous models and the model’s name in script. The Blue Oval is heavily relying on the Bronco’s name credibility and wants to capitalize on that goodwill with the new Bronco.

Finally, at the end of the video, the new Bronco’s styling is unveiled along with the “World Premiere Spring 2020” message in the next frame.

This is quite similar to what Chevy did with the Corvette C8 when GM announced the reveal date of the mid-engined sports car through a teaser. Remember that?

What We Know About The 2021 Ford Bronco Right Now

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From all the rumors and leaks surfacing online, it seems as though Ford is investing a lot in the Bronco so that it lives up to its credibility. When it comes to a hardcore off-roader, there are some things we purists can’t compromise on. And, it looks like Ford, too, knows this.

One such detail we heard recently was that the new Bronco could be offered with a manual transmission.

Ford is expecting the Bronco to be a runaway success; rather, and it is giving its all to make sure it is. The latest way to make that happen is by adding a third pedal and a stick shift to the off-roader. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because the Bronco’s primary rival, the Jeep Wrangler, is also offered with a manual gearbox in the Rubicon trim.

However, as for the manual transmission, this information has surfaced before as well; in October 2018, to be precise. According to Jalopnik, sources claim that Ford has asked Getrag to build a manual transmission for the new Bronco. Dubbed the MT 88, it will most likely be paired to the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine and may have seven gears.

What about the Getrag 6/7MTI550?

Getrag has also been working on a new manual gearbox since 2015, and it’s codenamed the 6/7MTI550. According to the transmission company’s website, the new gearbox is rated for 405 pound-feet of torque and is capable of use in all-wheel-drive configurations, so it could be a good fit for the new 2021 Ford Bronco

Two EcoBoost Engines In The Lineup?

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Recently, we learned that the Bronco will come with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine under the hood that makes 270 ponies and 310 pound-feet of twist. Off-Road.com reported that it spotted a listing on Canadian Tire’s website that featured a 2021 model year "Ford truck" named Bronco with the engine size listed at "4-140 2.3L DOHC."

Since the Bronco will share its underpinnings with the Ranger, and that truck is powered by the 2.3-liter EcoBoost mill, we can be sure of it making its way in here as well.

Considering that the Jeep Wrangler comes with a six-cylinder engine, Ford could also offer the 2.7-liter, V-6 EcoBoost mill. How many mills will Ford offer on the Bronco? Going by Ford’s standards and the king’s treatment that the Bronco is receiving, you will be probably be spoiled for choices. There will be at least a couple more mill options available down the line.

2019 Ford Ranger specifications
Engine 2.3-liter EcoBoost 2.7-liter EcoBoost
Horsepower 270 HP 335 HP
Torque 310 LB-FT 380 LB-FT
Fuel economy city/highway/combined 21/26/26 combined 19/26/21
Transmission 10-speed automatic 8-speed automatic

A Bronco Raptor In The Making?

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The next thing is the addition of 33-inch off-road tires wrapped around 17-inch wheels. The source of the report is from a reader of TFLcar who was given these facts by a Ford dealer. For a dealer to confirm such details about an SUV, which no one has seen to date as it only exists theoretically, well, it has to be be taken with a pinch of salt. On the flip side, I see no reason why Ford won’t offer big off-road tires on the Bronco.

Apart from this, Ford could also be introducing the ‘Raptor’ badge on the Bronco.

Wait, it gets better. This Bronco could feature a V-8 mill. But, given that the 5.0-liter, V-8 Coyote will be retired soon, we are not sure how this will play out. The new 7.3-liter, V-8 mill will not be an option here, either. I hope we get some more news on this bit soon. But, hold on, we’re not done. Ford is even planning a Bronco-based pickup truck. This means not even the Gladiator is safe as it’s already on Ford’s radar.

Yakima To Take On Mopar

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Ford has decided to take the Jeep Wrangler down for some reason. The Wrangler held a few strong and unique selling points until now. For starters, it enjoys a long legacy, it’s respected and adored by enthusiasts worldwide, and needed a legendary moniker to give it a tough competition. Ford has that covered.

The Wrangler is a customization-friendly SUV and comes with a lot of accessories on offer, thanks to the bible that is Mopar.

Turns out, Ford got that covered as well. The Blue Oval has teamed up with Yakima, an aftermarket company, to develop accessories for the Bronco. In fact, the company will showcase a Ranger-based concept it built with Yakima, and it’s all set to make an appearance at the 2019 SEMA show.

Ford Is Going Berserk With The New Bronco

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Another thing that’s keeping the Bronco in the news is the number of patents Ford has filed for it. There are a few confirmed names, and we have speculated what they could be:

  • Bronco Outer Banks - It could be a package with a lift-kit, all-terrain tires, and whatnot, so you can rip the Bronco on muddy surfaces.
  • Bronco Wildtrak - Ford sells the Ranger with the ‘Wildtrak’ nomenclature in a few countries. If the Bronco Wildtrak will take any cues from the Ranger Wildtrak, then expect it to be a standalone trim in the lineup, and not a concept or package.
  • Bronco Adrenaline - As the name suggests, this should most likely be a performance-oriented trim or a package.
  • Badlands - The Badlands may actually be exactly what the name says – an SUV to hover over the bad lands. It comes without the ‘Bronco’ prefix, so could it be similar to the Trailhawk package that Jeep offers?
  • Scout/Bronco Scout – We suspect this one to be for the two-door Bronco, and not for a trim or package on the standard Bronco. But, Ford has filed two ‘Scout’ patents, one with ‘Bronco’ and one without. The other one could be a trim or a package, perhaps.
  • Bronco Sport – Nothing new here as Ford uses this nameplate on many of its vehicles already. So, it could most likely be a variant on the Bronco.
  • Maverick – Rings a bell? This brings in a lot of nostalgia. ‘Maverick’ could be used for the entry-level trim, or a special edition, or even for a bespoke model. In all likelihood, Ford will launch a limited-edition variant for a revived SUV, similar to what Jeep’s doing with the Gladiator’s ‘Launch Edition’.
  • Rock Monster - There was news of Ford using ‘Rock Monster’ and ‘Tremor’ internally for the Bronco. But, going by the trademarks filed, ‘Tremor’ may not get the nod on the Bronco. As for the Rock Monster, it could be a concept model.

Final Thoughts

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This small announcement by Ford is enough to raise the hype until the next big announcement comes up. Considering that we are roughly six or seven months away from the launch, things should spice up all the more and news regarding the Bronco should come in more often. The countdown has started and we cannot wait for the SUV to be unveiled. Does anyone have a time-traveling machine around here?

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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