The new Ford Bronco has had its share of issues -super delayed deliveries and faulty hardtops- and its share of big awards, including the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. Coming this summer is the biggest badest Bronco yet, the 2022 Bronco Raptor.
The F-150 Raptor helped create the off-road vehicle renaissance we get to enjoy today. The Ranger Raptor is enjoyed around the globe, but sadly not in North America. Ford isn’t going to deny us the Bronco Raptor, however.
Here’s what we know so far.
2022 Bronco Raptor by the Numbers
While the Bronco is available in 2 and 4-door configurations, the Bronco Raptor will only be available with 4-doors.
Under the hood the Bronco Raptor gets a 3.0L twin-turbo EcoBoost engine. Power numbers aren’t released yet, but we’re confident it will put out 400+ hp, but no doubt less than the 450 hp the 3.5L F-150 Raptor engine puts out. A 10-speed automatic will be the only transmission on offer on the Bronco Raptor.
Meaty 37-inch tires are under the Bronco Raptor. Those big tires roll on highly upgraded axles, taken right off the Ford Bronco DR customer race vehicle. You get Dana 50 HD semi-floating axle with 235mm ring gear in the back and a Dana 44 front-drive unit with upgraded half-shafts and 210mm ring gear up front.
The Bronco Raptor will be taller and wider than its stablemates. While the Bronco isn’t narrow to begin with, the Bronco Raptor will come in at 73.6-inches wide, 9.8-inches wider. It will also have 4.8-inches more ground clearance, for a total of 13.1, and have an 8.6-inch wider track width.
Besides the big meaty tires, the biggest thing on the Bronco Raptor that you’ll instantly notice when rolling down the road, especially off-road, is the HOSS (High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension) with Live Valve technology. This Fox suspension has integrated sensors that allow them to adjust each corner of the vehicle independently hundreds a time per second, to optimize performance for the driving surface and for what the driver is asking of the vehicle.
Bronco Raptor will also be able to tow up to 4,500 lbs, 1,000 lbs more than the standard Bronco. This is due to the upgraded transfer case, axles, etc…
Bronco Raptor Looks
A new Bronco Raptor-specific front end features a grille with ‘FORD’ in big block letters and new headlights, which feature amber daytime running lights. The front end also features a modular steel bumper with prominent tow hooks. A unique hood offers lots of heat venting for the new motor and has functional open and closing louvers.
The front bumper flows into a new aluminum front skid plate and more underbody protection under the vehicle. The fully boxed frame has been thoroughly upgraded to create 50-percent more torsional rigidity and offer more wheel travel, with relocated shock towers.
You even get unique taillights on the Bronco Raptor, which further differentiate it from the other Bronco models.
New wider fender flares help contain the bigger tires and wider track width and have removable front mud flaps. Also on the sides of the new SUV are reinforced rock rails, with optional and easily removable running boards.
Inside you get lots of orange and carbon accents as well as a chunkier steering wheel with sporty paddle shifters. Of course you gets lots of Raptor badging inside and out.
More Waiting and More Money
The order books for the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor open in March, with initial deliveries expected to start in the summer. We’ll be impressed to see that happen, as many early Bronco reservation holders are just seeing their order filled now, after over a year delay. Not to mention the backlog that the defective hardtops has caused.
The Bronco Raptor will have a starting price of just under $70,000. For comparison, the fully loaded Bronco First Edition started at just north of $60,000 and an F-150 Raptor starts at about $64,000.
What is the Bronco Raptor missing? It’s missing a big motor, like the V8 you can get in the Jeep Wrangler 392 Rubicon. Of course, with the Jeep, you can’t get 37s from the factory.
The battle for the off-road throne is heating up, and the real winners are the off-road enthusiast customers -like me- that have a lot of great options to choose from on the market today.