Folks, it's happening. Today at its Motor Bella press conference, Ford confirmed that the Bronco Raptor will arrive next year. Ford CEO Jim Farley also tweeted out a teaser video of the Bronco Raptor, giving us our first look at upcoming the Baja-prepped truck.
— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) September 21, 2021
There's not much to glean from the teaser video, but we do get a glimpse of the Bronco Raptor's front fascia. Instead of having Bronco spelled out the front grille, the Ford name appears, as is the case with all prior Raptors. Like the F-150 Raptor, the Bronco Raptor is also shown with orange daytime running lights.
Previous Raptors give us a good idea of what to expect from the Bronco Raptor. The truck should get a beefed-up frame and significantly upgraded suspension components, including Fox Racing shocks. Expect a power increase, too. Currently, the Bronco is offered with Ford's 2.3- and 2.7-liter EcoBoost engines, but it's been reported that the Bronco Raptor will receive power from the company's 3.0-liter EcoBoost, which makes 400 hp in the Explorer ST. A 10-speed automatic transmission will almost assuredly come standard. Spy photos also indicate that the Bronco Raptor will get 35-inch tires, with the option to upgrade to 37s, as with the new F-150 Raptor.
Ford has always positioned Raptor models for high-speed desert off-roading; not technical rock-crawling. Jeep has a Baja-ready version of the Gladiator pickup, the Mojave, but no Wrangler equivalent.
We're not sure exactly when next year we'll see the Bronco Raptor, but we're guessing that when it arrives, it should cost a good bit more than the $51,615 Bronco Wildtrak. The revived Bronco has proven to be a hit thus far, and given the track record of previous F-150 Raptors, doing a Bronco Raptor is a no-brainer for Ford. Expect this to be one of the hottest trucks on the market when it arrives.
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