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The 2020 Bronco Will Likely Get Ranger’s 2.3L EcoBoost Engine

We haven’t even seen the 2020 Ford Bronco yet, but some specs leaked to a Canadian auto parts store indicated it’ll share an engine with the latest Ranger.

The news comes from Matthew the Car Guy, who stumbled across  a listing for a “2021 Bronco” in a database that helps customers find spark plugs for their vehicles. It showed power coming from a 2.3-liter four-cylinder, which is the same mill available in the current Ranger. How exactly that information got pushed out into a public-facing system is unclear, but you can rest assured that some folks at Ford are probably feeling the heat this morning.

Along with the regular Bronco, a leak from a Las Vegas dealer meeting late last year indicated we’ll also be getting a Baby Bronco, which is slated to compete with the Jeep Renegade. And while that photo is deliberately dark, it appears to have more rounded edges than the covered full-size version seen in the picture above.

For what it’s worth, we’re keeping our fingers crossed it shares more than a passing resemblance to the killer concept we saw a couple of years back — because that baby looks wicked.

Now, it remains to be seen whether there will be more powerful versions of the Bronco available, and we’re still hoping that will see a Raptor version. But it should be noted that while the Ranger’s four-cylinder isn’t huge on displacement, it’s proven a great fit for the new Ranger. Check out what AutoNation Drive’s own Mike Musto had to say about it:

With best-in-class towing, fuel economy and payload capacity, the new 2019 Ford Ranger seeks to put others in the class out to pasture. Under that stylized bonnet sits Ford’s 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

The output is rated at 270 horsepower and and 310 lb-ft of torque, with power being put to the rear wheels via the smooth-shifting ten-speed automatic transmission. Step on the gas, and the Ranger shoots forward with authority. With the traction control off, it will spin the rear tires with ease.

Overall, Mike thought that the Ranger was more proof that the Blue Oval knows pickups inside and out. You can check out his full review of the new truck here.

At this point, we don’t even have a reveal date for the 2020 Ford Bronco, though reliable sources say we should see it unwrapped before the end of the year. But if you’re looking to pick up a new Ranger, you’re in luck, as they’re in stock at your local AutoNation Ford dealer now, so pay them a visit today!

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