Ford is getting ready to reveal a rougher, tougher Bronco – but it’ll only be available with four doors.
Details from the Ford USA internal ordering system published on the Bronco6G forum reveal the 2022 Bronco Raptor is coming.
According to the report, two models of Bronco Raptor will be offered. The first will be a more pared-back option, the second will pack adaptive cruise control, a heated steering wheel, and a more luxurious interior.
In the USA, it’ll be offered with Eruption Green, Hot Pepper Red, and Code Orange paint colours atop the standard spread.
Don’t get too excited about a hyper-capable Bronco shorty, though. The report says the Raptor will be four-door only.
The standard Bronco isn’t exactly light on for off-road ability.
Even the base model offers four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case, a Dana 44 solid rear axle, heavy-duty bash plates, and an available seven-speed manual transmission with an ultra-low 94.75:1 crawler gear.
A more advanced four-wheel drive system is available, as well as Spicer Performa-TraK electronic differential locks, beefy 35-inch off-road tyres, a suite of electronic off-road aids called the Trail Toolbox, and a sway bar disconnect function.
Ford Authority reports the Raptor will be powered by the 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol V6 engine used in the Explorer ST, where it makes 298kW of power and 562Nm of torque.
It’s not clear what will change under the skin. The locally-developed Ranger Raptor (which shares its bones with the Bronco) offers a substantial upgrade over regular Rangers, though not in terms of power.
Instead, its enhancements include a new coilover rear suspension, Fox 2.5 shock absorbers, more ground clearance, a beefed-up exterior and a slate of other changes under the skin.
The next Ranger Raptor will make it stateside, packing the same boosted V6 as found in the regular Bronco.
The 2.7-litre will produce slightly more power and torque than that in the Bronco, however – with 242kW of power and 542Nm of torque, it’ll be up by 11kW and 2Nm.