Ford is getting ready for the big reveal of the all-new Bronco. Aimed squarely against the Jeep Wrangler, the 2021 Bronco features a boxy design and will be available as a two-door, four-door, and as the Bronco Sport.
Now while Jeep may have been silent about Ford's new 4x4 contender for the past few months, they've decided to release their own, and they're doing it with the Wrangler. Based on the teaser photo, the Wrangler (or Gladiator) gets a 'power-bulge' hood, along with a '392' badge placed prominently on the hood scoop.
Those familiar with those numbers will know that it signifies Dodge's 6.4-liter HEMI V8. Already seeing use in the Grand Cherokee SRT, the 392 cubic-inch V8 produces an impressive 475 PS, along with a staggering 637 Nm of torque. Compared to 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 which puts out 285 PS and 352 Nm of torque, the HEMI beats the six-cylinder engine by 190 PS and 285 Nm of torque.
Does this teaser mean the Wrangler/Gladiator will officially have a V8 available under the hood? While Jeep hasn't exactly said anything regarding the teaser image, many 4x4 enthusiasts have clamored Jeep to put a V8 under the hood of the Wrangler/Gladiator.
Jeep themselves have already toyed with the idea before via concepts. Back in 2018, Jeep revealed the Sandstorm concept. It draws inspiration from motorsports as it gets an upgraded heavy-duty suspension and a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The company also made the Five-Quarter concept during last year's Moab Easter Safari. By heavily-modifying a Gladiator frame, Jeep was able to fit the 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 on the Five-Quarter concept.
Both concept vehicles had their chassis/frames modified in order for the V8 engines to be placed under the hood. Perhaps this means that the purported 392 HEMI-powered Wranglers will be modified as well in order to accommodate a HEMI.
With the Ford Bronco supposedly making use of a turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 for the upcoming 2021 Bronco, Jeep decided that the best plan of attack against Ford would be to stick the biggest engine they can find and place it on the Wrangler. Maybe there is indeed no replacement for displacement, especially when it comes to 4x4s.