A fantastic batch of new spy shots provide the first glimpse into the development of the Ford Bronco Raptor. Rumors about the even more rugged version of the SUV have been swirling for some time.
Unfortunately, Ford engineers keep the exterior of this Bronco under heavy cover. Especially when looking at the SUV from the rear, the fenders seem to protrude a lot more than on the existing vehicle. Beyond that, the camouflage makes it very difficult to see other differences.
What is more obvious is that this Bronco is riding a little higher than the Broncos we usually see. The exact amplification is impossible to determine, but it appears to be several inches.
Additionally, this SUV uses BF Goodrich All-Terrain T / A tires. In contrast, the standard Bronco receives Goodyear Wrangler rubber, albeit without the visible Wrangler branding.
Another notable change is that there are two exhausts slightly to the left of the center of the vehicle. This setup doesn’t appear to be on other Bronco variants where the outlets are on the far right of the rear.
The photo of the rear axle shows that this SUV uses different parts. The differential looks new and there is a revised layout for the track bar. At the other end of the spectrum, the shock absorbers appear to have a much larger diameter than current parts.
The Bronco Raptor’s powertrain (if Ford even calls it that) is still a mystery. One rumor suggests it could use the Lincoln Aviator’s 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) and 415 pound-feet (563 Newton-meters) of torque.
A start date for the Bronco Raptor is not yet known. The main rumor is that the more robust model will be available for the 2023 model year.