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.
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. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.