The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor revealed with a 3.0-liter V-6 mill, wider body, 37-inch tires, and a ton of off-road equipmentby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 05:17
Ford forayed into the off-roading scene with the Bronco in 2020 as a challenger to the Wrangler. Now, it’s not like this was the first off-roader from the company, but it sure was one without the Raptor badge. A few hardcore enthusiasts would’ve already predicted a Bronco Raptor back then itself, and they must be grinning today to see their prediction come true.
The Blue Oval has made the inevitable happen 18 months after the Bronco was launched by including it in the Raptor family. It was officially announced a few months back, and it is now finally here. The Bronco Raptor debuts with a 3.0-liter V-6 that will put out around 400 horses, an upgraded suspension setup and off-road gear, and a price tag of around $70,000.
2022 Ford Bronco Raptor
Horsepower @ RPM:400 (Est.)
2022 Bronco Raptor – Exterior
On the outside, it looks like the standard Bronco, obviously, but with certain special Raptor elements. Up front, you get a signature two-piece Raptor grille. The Bronco Raptor is 9.8 inches wider than the standard Raptor, measuring 85.7 inches. Since vehicles wider than 80 inches are mandated to have amber lights on them, the Bronco Raptor also has three of them on the grille.
There’s a steel bumper here by Ford Performance that features two tow hooks and removable bumper end caps to improve off-road clearance. You can also see Rigid LED fog lamps and off-road lamps integrated here. The bash plate, of course, is also a lot stronger.
The automaker has installed a new hood as well. It comes with an integrated vent and is finished in Carbon Black. This breaks the overall exterior shade monotony on most colors and looks sweet in its ribbed, muscular avatar. Speaking of the exterior shades, the 2022 Bronco Raptor will be offered in 10 colors:
- Hot Pepper Red Metallic
- Velocity Blue Metallic
- Eruption Green Metallic
- Shadow Black
- Iconic Silver Metallic
- Area 51
- Cactus Gray
- Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat
- Oxford White
- Ford Performance-exclusive Code Orange
The Bronco Raptor comes with unique front and rear quarter panels and fenders. The fender flares extend out quite a bit. As stated earlier, the Bronco Raptor is 9.8 inches wider than the standard Bronco. The fenders come with integrated heat extraction ducts. You also get reinforced rock rails and removable running boards as standard.
This was done to accommodate the 37-inch tires that are the largest offered on any production SUV in America. They are BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tires are come wrapped in 17-inch black high-gloss painted wheels as standard. There are two more wheel options – one being cast aluminum, beadlock-capable wheels finished in magnetic low gloss, and the other forged beadlock-capable wheels finished in dark carbonized gray shade.
The tailgate has been reinforced to bear the weight of the full-size spare tire mounted on it. There’s a pretty cool feature here. When you flip open the tailgate, you’ll see a mirrored Raptor logo there. This is because when you see it from the rearview mirror, you’ll be able to read it correctly. Sweet.
The Bronco Raptor also comes with removable doors and a roof. The roof panels open in three parts. The roof panels weigh 13.6-, 14.5-, and 28.1 pounds. Each front door weighs 55 pounds, whereas the rear door weighs 44 pounds.
All-in-all, this desert runner does absolute justice to the Raptor badge.
How Big Is The Bronco Raptor?
The Bronco Raptor is 191 inches long, 85.7 inches wide, and 77.8 inches tall. The tracks are 73.2 inches wide at the front and 73.6 inches wide at the rear. The front overhang measures 32 inches, whereas the rear overhang measures 42.2 inches.
|Front Track Width||73.2|
|Rear Track Width||73.6|
What About The Bronco Raptor’s Angles?
This, coupled with a 13.1-inch ground clearance help the Bronco Raptor achieve an approach angle of 47.2 degrees, a breakover angle of 30.8 degrees, and a departure angle of 40.5 degrees. The maximum fording is rated at 37 inches.
How Much Can The Bronco Raptor Tow And Haul?
The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor can tow up to 4,500 pounds; 1,000 pounds more than the standard Bronco. The maximum payload capacity is rated at 1,100 pounds.
How Much Does The Bronco Raptor Weigh?
The Bronco Raptor weighs 5,733 pounds.
2022 Bronco Raptor – Interior
The meaty, sport-contoured steering wheel comes with magnesium paddle shifters and gloss black Raptor logo in the middle. Behind it sits a 12-inch digital instrument cluster. There’s a 12-inch touchscreen system on the dash that supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You also get stuff like a 360-degree camera and a seven-speaker audio system. A 10-speaker audio system is available as optional, and so are the heated steering wheel and wireless charging pad.
The base Bronco Raptor models will come with Black Onyx marine-grade vinyl seats and rubberized washout flooring. The seats, by the way, are designed by Ford Performance and are unique to the Bronco Raptor. The Ford Performance Code Orange can be seen on the G.O.A.T. Modes rotary dial, dash vents, door netting, steering wheel stitching, the push-button illumination, and the Bronco logo on the instrument panel. The color complements the dark interior quite well. To add to the premium feels, Ford has opted for low-gloss carbon fiber accents for the grab handles, the steering wheel bezel, and the gear shifter.
In case you’d like some plusher, you can opt for the laser-perforated Black Onyx Neo suede seats, vinyl-wrapped instrument panel topper, leather-wrapped outer seat bolsters, and carpet flooring by paying extra moolah. You can also get the Code Orange seat belts as an optional accessory.
How Spacious Is The Bronco Raptor?
With the doors and roof in place, the Bronco Raptor offers a headroom of 40.8 inches, legroom of 43.1 inches, shoulder room of 57.1 inches, and a hip room of 55.9 inches in the first row. At the rear, you have 40.1 inches of headroom, 36.3 inches of legroom, 56.5 inches of shoulder room, and 54.8 inches of hip room.
|First Row Headroom||40.8|
|First Row Legroom||43.1|
|First Row Shoulder Room||57.1|
|First Row Hip Room||55.9|
|Second Row Headroom||40.1|
|Second Row Legroom||36.3|
|Second Row Shoulder Room||56.5|
|Second Row Hip Room||54.8|
2022 Bronco Raptor – Drivetrain
Unfortunately, the Bronco Raptor doesn’t feature a V-8 engine. We didn’t have our hopes pinned on it because the automaker had made it clear in the past that a Bronco V-8 is never happening. There was a glimmer of hope, though, after we saw the Bronco DR with a V-8; but it didn’t happen. Perhaps, there will be Bronco Raptor R at some point and it would feature a V-8, just like the F-150 Raptor R. I digress.
The Bronco Raptor will come with a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost engine under the hood.
It is surely better than the 2.7-liter V-6 that’s offered in the standard Bronco, but it still isn’t a V-8. Ford hasn’t announced the exact power figures yet, but we do know that it will make at least 400 horses. The same engine does duties in the Explorer ST as well and makes 400 horses and 415 pound-feet of torque there. It will be a lot more powerful than the standard Bronco, to say the least.
The standard Bronco comes with two engine options – a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine or a 2.7-liter, turbocharged V-6. The official specs for these are 270 horses and 310 pound-feet of torque, and 310 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque. However, the company revised the specs and the Bronco offers more power.
The smaller four-pot mill makes 275 horses and 315 pound-feet of torque when riding on regular fuel and 300 horses and 325 pound-feet of torque when filled up with premium fuel. The bigger V-6 makes 315 horses and 410 pound-feet of torque with regular fuel and 330 horses and 415 pound-feet of torque with premium fuel.
Coming to the transmission, the Bronco Raptor will come with a 10-speed automatic gearbox as standard and the only option here. There is no manual gearbox on offer. It could be a deal-breaker for some folks. We don’t even see anything like the Sasquatch package being offered here, so that kind of rules out a manual transmission on the Bronco Raptor almost entirely.
2022 Bronco Raptor – Off-Road Gear, Suspension, Etc.
This is essentially what differentiates the Bronco from the Bronco Raptor. The company has installed an upgraded version of the High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension with Live Valve technology and a lot of other off-road equipment. Ford has tweaked the high-strength steel frame with new shock towers and seven cross members that increase wheel travel and off-road durability.
At the front, Ford has installed an upgraded Dana 44 AdvanTEK front-drive axle with a 4.70 ratio, and at the rear, you get a Dana 50 heavy-duty AdvanTEK solid axle with a 4.70 ratio. The five-link rear setup comes with a Panhard rod and outboard coilover springs. The Bronco Raptor also features an advanced 4x4 system with three drive modes. There’s an upgraded two-speed transfer case with a 67.88:1 crawl ratio as well.
The High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension features FOX 3.1 Internal Bypass Semi-Active Dampers with integrated reservoirs at the front and remote reservoirs at the rear. These are similar to the ones seen on the F-150 Raptor. Thanks to this, the suspension travel has now increased to 13 inches at the front and 14 inches at the back. This is 60-percent and 40-percent more, respectively, than the standard Bronco. The ground clearance is rated at 13.1 inches, which is 4.8 inches more than the standard Bronco. Heavy-duty bash and skid plates are placed underneath the body to protect the back of the engine, transmission, and transfer case.
As for the exhaust setup, the Bronco Raptor comes with a dual-exhaust system that makes use of near-equal-length pipes for better exhaust notes. This is inspired by the exhaust setup seen on the F-150 Raptor, which in turn was inspired by the exhaust systems present in the Nissan GT-R and the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV. You get to select from four exhaust modes, which include Normal, Sport, Quiet, and Baja.
The Bronco Raptor also comes with a Terrain Management System with G.O.A.T. Modes. It comes with seven modes - Normal, Slippery, Tow/Haul, Sport, Off-Road, Rock Crawl, and Baja modes. Trail Control, Trail Turn Assist, and Trail One-Pedal Driving are also offered as standard here.
How Much Does The 2022 Bronco Raptor Cost?
While Ford has not officially revealed the prices, Ford has confirmed to Motor1 that the 2022 Bronco Raptor will start at $69,995, which includes a destination fee of $1,495.
To put things into perspective, the top-spec Bronco Wildtrak starts at $47,780, whereas the Bronco Raptor’s chief rival, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, starts at $75,095 plus $1,595 destination, which brings the starting price with destination to $76,690.
Is The 2022 Bronco Raptor Better Than The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392?
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is the Bronco Raptor’s immediate rival. Jeep launched the Wrangler Rubicon 392 hours before the Bronco came out in 2020 and it was the perfect metaphorical slap. The Rubicon 392 had the one thing that the Ford Bronco didn’t – a V-8 engine. This was new for the Wrangler brand and customers as well as only pre-Wrangler era jeeps like the CJ-7 came with V-8 engines. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 features a 6.4-liter, V-8 HEMI engine that puts out 470 horses and 470 pound-feet of torque. It takes 4.5 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from rest. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a full-time Selec-Trac four-wheel-drive system.
The Wrangler Rubicon 392 rides on 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels shod in 33-inch all-terrain tires. You can have 35-inch tires as part of the Xtreme Recon Package. The towing capacity is limited to 3,500 pounds, which is 1,000 pounds less than the Bronco Raptor. Some other features offered on the Wrangler Rubicon 392 include, upgraded frame rails, Fox shocks, unique suspension geometry, and heavy-duty brakes. It also boasts of better approach, departure, and breakover angles, when compared to the other Wrangler trims. Jeep has also equipped a Hydro-Guide air intake system to help with water wading. On the inside, the Jeep comes with black leather-trimmed seats, paddle shifters, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen system, to name a few features.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is priced at $75,095 plus $1,595 destination, which totals to $76,690.
2022 Bronco Raptor – Warranty
The Bronco Raptor will be offered with:
- Bumper-to-bumper – 3 years/36,000 miles
- Powertrain – 5 years/60,000 miles
- Corrosion – 5 years/unlimited miles
- Roadside assistance – 3 years/36,000 miles
2022 Bronco Raptor – Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Bronco Raptor comes with Ford Co-Pilot360 as standard. This suite of safety and driver-assistance features includes:
- Auto High-Beam Headlamps
- Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, and Dynamic Brake Support
- Hill Start Assist
- Rearview camera
- Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert
- Lane-Keeping System with Lane-Keeping Alert, Lane-Keeping Aid, and Driver Alert
You can opt for Adaptive Cruise Control and Evasive Steering Assist by paying extra money.
When Will The 2022 Bronco Raptor Go On Sale?
The bookings for the 2022 Bronco Raptor will open in March. Ford noted that the Bronco Raptor will arrive in Summer 2022.
Source: The Bronco Nation