While excitement builds for the imminent arrival of the 2021 Ford Bronco, a subsequent follow-up to that pivotal off-road SUV is in the works, and it’s rapidly shaping up to be a doozy of a performance vehicle. Ford Authority has been something of a one-stop shop for what is expected to be called the Ford Bronco Warthog, covering everything from its anticipated appearance to speculating on the naming origins of the upcoming beast. And now, we can exclusively report on another tantalizing detail of this future ass-kicker: that its front grille will prominently spell out “FORD,” just like its Ford 2021 F-150 Raptor and Ranger Raptor brethren.
The news comes to us via a source familiar with the project, who is familiar with Ford’s future product plans. Previously, Ford Authority had exclusively outlined other aesthetic distinctions that will separate the Warthog from regular Bronco variants, which could include a different set of headlights and taillights, a switch-up that would be quite significant, if proven accurate.
We also know that the vehicle will share at least one powertrain option with the next-gen Ranger: the Ford 3.0L EcoBoost V6. Additionally, the Warthog is also slated to receive a range-topping plug-in variant of that engine too, a move that would allow Ford to compete directly with electrified Jeep Wrangler offerings.
Other previously-reported intel relates to the Bronco Wathog’s rubber, in that it will wear LT315/70R17 BSW mud/terrain tires. These come standard on models paired with the Sasquatch Package, which will represent the most of-road capable Bronco variant until the more formidable Warthog sees the light of day.
Back to the front end: the fact that the Bronco Warthog will feature a grille with FORD lettering is not terribly surprising, as the 2021 Ford Bronco already features some prominent lettering up front. In fact, pasting “FORD” between the headlights of the Warthog makes perfect sense, as it will only strengthen its profile to the buying demographic that is no doubt salivating at the thought of an even more capable Bronco.