What’s newer than a new Ford Bronco? How about what is just around the Bronco corner? Like the 2023 Bronco Raptor/Warthog? We don’t know what Ford will be calling it, but you get the picture with “Raptor” in the name.
Is it Ford Bronco Raptor or Warthog?
This Bronco Raptor or Warthog will be a more serious off-roader, with bits from the larger F-150 Raptor sprinkled around. That will be amazing. But will it be more desert scrambler like its Wildtrak moniker? Or will it cater to the rock crawling crowd like the Badlands trim? It might be both in one Bronco package.
That’s what the folks at Road & Track say. It looks like the Raptor version will also have a Warthog option that is more off-road capable. The standard Raptor playbook of widebody and more lift have been evident in covered mules we’ve seen images of. What’s just as apparent are the orange Fox Racing dampers standing out.
Those also happen to be F-150 Raptor items. Skid plates have also been spied, along with 37-inch BF Goodrich tires. These also match the F-150 Raptor rolling stock. It is expected that 35-inch rollers will be standard Raptor fare.
The Bronco Raptor or Warthog will get a traditional Ford truck grille
Bronco6G has spotted a different fascia that looks more like the traditional Ford F-150 grille. “Ford” will be prominently displayed, and rightly so. The front bumper has also been seen that is abbreviated for more ground clearance.
Under the hood two EcoBoost engines will be available. The standard-issue will be a 300 hp 2.3-liter four, while a 330 hp 2.7-liter V6 will be an option. What, no V8? Just hold on.
It should be noted that the 3.0-liter V6 is all-new and in the works for the Bronco. It is currently found in the Explorer ST and Lincoln Aviator. This engine would punch out 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. Then there’s the hybrid version.
With almost 500 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque the V6 hybrid will be the top engine
It will have almost 500 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque. While this is a certain amount of speculation, it makes sense as Ford moves further into electrification. Any and all engine variants are hooked to the 10-speed automatic transmission.
And now for the bad news; pricing. Keep in mind that the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 has a price tag of $73,500. So the speculated $66,000 or so looks OK. Of course, the Rubicon 392 has that massive Hemi engine.
However, a 500 hp Bronco Raptor or Warthog could make one think twice about plunking down an additional $7,000 or $8,000 for two more holes. And just like a Jeep isn’t a Bronco, a Bronco isn’t a Jeep. But either way, if the microchip fiasco doesn’t push all of this off a few years, the immediate future for off-roading warriors looks promising.