The Ford Bronco will officially be getting a Raptor trim level for the 2022 model year. As the top dog of the Bronco off-roading family, this trim will get a unique color, wheels, and badging. But, the real enticing features are the ones designed for hardcore off-roaders.
What We Know About the Bronco Raptor
News about the Raptor continues to trickle out at a slow pace with only a few spy photos and teaser images to go on. What we do know is that Ford has been testing a prototype vehicle with massive tires and other off-road enhancements. Spy shots reveal what look to be stronger axles and a rear anti-roll bar. Here are some of the other features of the upcoming Bronco Raptor trim.
37-Inch Off-Road Tires
The prototype Bronco Raptor has been tested with 37-inch tires. For comparison, the Wrangler Rubicon comes with 33s and the Bronco’s Sasquatch package has 35s. With this tire size, we can also expect a bigger lift kit, wider stance, and oversized fender flares, all of which are visible in the spy shot below.
FOX Live Valve Shocks
Photos released in early December 2020 show the Raptor testing with FOX Live Valve shocks¹. These are the same shocks used on the F-150 Raptor. This isn’t too surprising, as both trims are from the Ford Performance team. These active shocks are electronically controlled to adapt to changing terrain.
The Difference Between Raptor and Base Models
While a full list of Bronco Raptor features isn't available yet, taking a look at the difference in benefits between the F-150 and F-150 Raptor could give us an idea of what to expect. There's also information from a leaked ordering page that provides some add-on feature details.
Bronco Raptor Price
The 2022 Bronco is already equipped to be the ultimate off-road vehicle with a base price of $29,300. But, with a starting price of around $60,000², the Bronco Raptor should get improvements similar to the F-150 Raptor.
The F-150 Raptor offers a 3.5L EcoBoost engine, skid plates, performance bumpers, upfitter switches, tow hooks, FOX Racing shocks, and more. All for about the same price tag as the Bronco Raptor upgrades.
Based on the FOX shocks, larger tires, and other off-road enhancements we've seen in spy shots, it's reasonable to expect similar upgrades between the base Bronco and Bronco Raptor. Besides the better parts and unique styling and color, we could also see a more powerful engine.
Leaked Ordering Page
The details on the Bronco Raptor are scarce. But, thanks to a leak in the ordering system³, we have a few details on one of the Raptor add-on packages that’ll be available.
From the image above, we can gather that drivers will enjoy:
- A 10-speaker sound system
- Voice-activated navigation
- Adaptive cruise control
- A heated steering wheel
- A wireless charger
There may be more coming to the luxe packages. After the leak, a Bronco Raptor promotional video dropped. This was followed by Ford CEO Jim Farley saying “hold on to your butts.” This comment could mean there are even more benefits in the works, but we'll have to wait and see!
Bronco Raptor Release Date
The 2022 Bronco Raptor is not expected to arrive at dealerships at the same time as the other Bronco models. However, despite the microchip shortage, Ford says to count on it in 2022. It will likely arrive sometime in the summer of 2022 or later. It’s not yet known whether the Raptor will be designated as a 2022 or 2023 model year.
Is a V8 Bronco On the Way?
With Jeep releasing the new HEMI 392 Wrangler, Ford could feel pressure to add a V8 to the Bronco lineup. The Raptor would be the perfect vessel for such an engine.
But with the way Ford has positioned their models lately, that seems unlikely. It’s not an issue of fitting something like the Coyote V8 under the hood. There’s probably enough space. The bigger problem would be fuel economy standards and Ford’s preference for the EcoBoost line of motors.
Plus, on social media, Ford has replied that the "GOAT" (the Bronco’s "Go Over Any Terrain" modes) doesn’t need a V8. We expect to see the twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 in the Bronco Raptor, but a V8 would be a nice surprise!
Why Didn’t Ford Name It the Bronco Warthog?
The Warthog moniker would be completely new for Ford. But, likely due to branding, it was dropped to further the Raptor legacy. Some speculate the name “warthog” was released as a distraction to throw enthusiasts off the trail of the new Raptor.
However, Ford's trademarking of the Warthog name⁴ and the appearance of “warthog” written in a spy shot⁵ show that this name still has potential. We could see a Warthog trim option after the mysterious Everglades trim makes its debut.
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Sources: 1. Bronco Raptor Prototype Spied Using Fox Live Valve Shock Technology, Ford Authority | 2. 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor: Everything We Know So Far, Road and Track | 3. 2022 Bronco Raptor Discovered in Ordering System – Reveals Body Code, 4-Door, Levels, Code Orange & Desert Sand Colors, Everglades Trim, Bronco6G Forum | 4. WARTHOG - Trademark Details, Justia Trademarks | 5. Bronco Warthog Name Confirmed By New Prototype Spy Shots, Ford Authority
Image Credits: motorauthority.com, bronco6g.com
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