We’ve known for some time now that Ford is planning an ultra-high-performance variant of the all-new Ford Bronco, and that this model will either be called the Ford Bronco Raptor or Ford Bronco Warthog. After Ford Authority reported some exclusive details about this more hardcore Bronco last fall, we soon spotted the very first prototype. Shortly afterward, Ford trademarked the “Warthog” name, leading many to believe that the model would in fact be called the Warthog, a fact seemingly confirmed by a prototype we spied with “Warthog” written inside the wheel well followed by a leaked supplier letter.
However, Ford Authority exclusively reported earlier this week that the Bronco Warthog will likely launch with a different name. And now, sources familiar with Ford’s product plans tell Ford Authority that FoMoCo is leaning towards using the Raptor name on the upcoming Bronco range-topper, which will join the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ranger Raptor in The Blue Oval’s Raptor family of high-performance off-roaders. Furthermore, our sources also tell us that the Warthog name was floated around purposely as misdirection.
Naming this vehicle Bronco Raptor makes perfect sense and goes right along with the desire by Ford leadership to utilize established, well-known names on its products. We have recently seen this direction with the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Ford F-150 Lightning, which are brand new vehicles bearing nameplates that already come loaded with history and name recognition.
As Ford Authority exclusively reported back in March, the Ford Bronco Raptor will be powered by Ford’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6, currently found in the Ford Explorer ST and Lincoln Aviator. In that guise, it is rated to produce 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. It will be joined by a hybrid model, expected to be powered by the same 3.0L EcoBoost V6 and electric motor combination present in the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring, which produces 494 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. Both powerplants will be mated to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
The Bronco Raptor will also feature the same types of upgrades present on existing Raptor models, including Fox Live Valve shock technology, 17-inch Ford F-150 Raptor-like wheels, LT315/70R17 BFGoodrich KO2 All-Terrain T/A tires, a wider stance than the regular Bronco, unique front and rear fascias and bumper treatments, higher ground clearance, all of which will help it catch serious air as a proper Raptor should. Plus, it will have “Ford” lettering on the front grille.