2021 Bronco Two- and Four-Door models are more powerful than Ford first let on

2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport are all part of the new Bronco family.
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As customers eagerly await their turn to get their keys for the 2021 Ford Bronco, there's some exciting news coming out of Dearborn. The engines in the off-road-ready SUV are more powerful than Ford initially said they were. It's not just a small increase.

As first shown on Bronco6G Forum, a fresh spec sheet from the Blue Oval indicates that both of the Bronco's engines, available in two- and four-door models, shows upgraded horsepower and torque figures.

When it debuted, the Broncos were listed with two engine options: a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. The four-cylinder was initially rated to get 27 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The new sheet shows the Bronco equipped with that engine getting 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Ford Bronco Two-DoorFirst 2021 Ford Bronco deliveries delayed until late summer.assets.rebelmouse.io

2022 Ford Bronco Two-Door

Last summer Ford said that the V6 was capable of getting 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Now, those numbers have increased to 330 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque.

There is a big caveat with the figures. Those numbers were achieved using premium fuel. Those filling their Bronco with regular fuel are likely to get less performance.

Fuel economy figures have not been released by Ford nor the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The reservation process for the 2021 Ford Bronco began upon the vehicle's debut. Reservations were then turned into official orders. Currently, Ford is working to build new Broncos based on those orders but are having that process help up by the semiconductor chip shortage. The same shortage is effecting Ford F-150 production.

While Broncos are being held up, plans for standalone Bronco showrooms are not. Build-out on those displays and individual buildings is currently underway across the country as part of fresh Bronco branding strategy.

Additionally, plans for Bronco Off-Roadeo events are continuing to evolve as Ford prepares for those events to begin this summer.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.


TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled

Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

Ford F-150 LightningPast meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150 Lightningautomotivemap.com

Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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