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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-Door First 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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New sports sedan

2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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Hardcore off-road SUV

Ford Bronco Raptor is real and on its way in 2022

Ford's video gave up very little on the new SUV.

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The long-awaited Ford Bronco went on sale earlier this year and overwhelming demand has many buyers waiting months for the opportunity to own one. Ford isn't resting on that success, however, and is already hitting the gas on the SUV with the tease of a new model. The even longer-awaited Ford Bronco Raptor is coming, though we don't yet have many details to share, but Ford CEO Jim Farley shared a video to Twitter this morning that gives us a little to go on. More importantly, the video confirms that the Bronco Raptor is coming, which is music to our ears.

Ford Bronco Raptor Pause the video at the exact right moment, and you can catch a blurry glimpse of the Bronco Raptor.Ford

Being a tease, it's not surprising that we don't get a big, clear picture of the SUV. We can see that the Bronco Raptor's grille is different, with the Ford name spelled out in bold letters, just like the brand's other Raptor vehicles. We can also see that the Bronco's daytime running lights have shifted to orange.



Ford did not share any other details, but other Raptor models paint an enticing picture for the future hardcore Bronco. The SUV should get upgraded off-road suspension, brawny bodywork, and fat all-terrain tires. One of the biggest questions is what Ford will choose for the Bronco Raptor's powertrain. Two engines are currently offered for the standard Bronco, including a turbo-four and turbo-six. Rumors have pointed to the possibility that the Explorer ST's EcoBoost engine could make an appearance in the Raptor, which would bring up to 400 horsepower to the SUV. There may also be more than one wheel and tire option, which is the case for the upcoming F-150 Raptor, where buyers can choose to upgrade the stock 35-inch tires to 37-inchers.

There's no word on release date or pricing, but it's a safe bet that the Bronco Raptor will outpace its "normal" counterparts by more than a few dollars. Regardless of price, Ford should sell a ton of the SUVs, assuming it can keep up with demand on the production side.

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