The Bronco Raptor will bump up the ruggedness and off-road capabilities of the standard Bronco

When Ford Bronco was finally unveiled a couple of months back, it looked quite complete and had ticked almost all the boxes. Almost. The one unticked box that kept the off-roader enthusiasts wanting more was the super-rugged Raptor version of this competent off-roader.

It didn’t take long for the news to start pouring in which more or less confirmed that the Bronco Raptor is arriving soon. If that wasn’t enough, the LinkedIn profile of a Ford engineer came to light where he mentioned that he was working on the 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor.

Even though Ford hasn’t officially announced the Bronco Raptor yet, there are quite a few things already known. Now, Ford Authority has reported them again, which confirms the things we already knew.

How Will The Bronco Raptor Be On The Outside?

Everything You Need to Know About the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor
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On the outside, the Bronco Raptor will wear a different bumper design and perhaps a few more differentiating elements on the front fascia. It will also ride higher off the ground and will be wider than its tamed alter-ego. The added width will be pronounced by the wide fenders that will also accommodate the larger wheels and tires that could be offered.

The rear will also be revised and receive a unique bumper. There will also be a single exit, dual-tip exhaust peeping out of the driver’s side. The publication also reported that the Bronco Raptor could also feature new exclusive headlights and taillights as well. The 2023 Bronco Raptor is being planned in the two-door as well as the four-door configuration. However, only the four-door could make it to production, following the footsteps of the F-150 Raptor, which is also expected to be offered in a four-door configuration only.

What Will Power The 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor?

New Details For the 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor Confirm What We Already Knew
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Unlike the standard Bronco’s 2.3- and 2.7-liter engine options, a 3.0-liter, V-6 EcoBoost engine will make its presence felt under the hood, and it will be married to a ten-speed automatic transmission.

This falls in line with the earlier reports that the 3.0-liter, V-6 engine from the Explorer ST and Lincoln Aviator could be offered here. It puts out 400 horses and 415 pound-feet of torque. No manual transmission will be offered. A hybrid could be introduced down the line, but initially, it will just be the 3.0-liter V-6 mill. The chassis and suspension will also receive upgrades, but nothing concrete about that is known yet.

However, according to some earlier speculations, we could see a suspension setup similar to the one seen on the Bronco R prototype that took part in the 2019 Baja 1000 race.

Final Thoughts

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If we take the Ford Engineer’s LinkedIn profile for granted, the Bronco Raptor will be a 2023 model year, which means it will debut sometime in 2022. This is also in line with our earlier guesstimates. But, if Ford plans to contain some onslaught from the Wrangler 392 Concept, which was announced just a few hours before the Bronco was launched, we could see it debuting by the end of 2021 as well.

Source: Ford Authority

Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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