A number of 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor teasers have emerged in recent weeks, giving us our first taste of the rugged off-roader’s exhaust note, its massive fender flares and giant tires, as well as a look at it conquering various off-road obstacles. Now, Ford Authority spies have spotted a 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor prototype with its front fender vents exposed for the very first time, as those areas were covered up on previously teased models.
These vents are yet another unique exterior design element that sets the Bronco Raptor apart from the rest of the Ford Bronco lineup. The Raptor is significantly wider than any other Bronco, including Sasquatch-equipped models, and features massive fender flares that help cover up equally large 37×12.50R17LT BFGoodrich KO2 tires wrapped around beadlock-capable wheels. Other unique features include the Raptor’s “FORD” script front grille with three amber lights, just like the Ford F-150 Raptor.
The Bronco Raptor also rides quite a bit higher than any other Bronco, courtesy of the aforementioned taller tires and a host of suspension upgrades that include Fox shocks, a Raptor branded rear differential cover, a reinforced steering rack, and beefy lower control arms. A set of high-clearance running boards help occupants enter and exit the tall-riding Raptor.
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. The Bronco Raptor also features a true dual exhaust setup with a tucked-under, dual-tip outlet on the driver’s side of the SUV to protect it from off-road obstacles. A 10-speed automatic will be offered, while the 7-speed manual is under consideration.
And, as Ford Authority reported back in October, the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor will be fully unveiled during the first quarter 2022 ahead of its launch, which is currently planned for next summer along with the new Bronco Everglades.
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Why introduce more unavailable models when they can’t even fill existing orders?!
A little surprised about the 7-speed manual trans being available on the Raptor. Is that really true? The only engine that is currently available with is the 2.3L 4 cylinder. Unless they have developed another version that can withstand the torque output of the 3.0L V6 I doubt you will see that trans in the Raptor.
Also appears as though the hood may be vented as well. The sides of the hood dome appear to have slits or fins of some sort.
I’m thinking it comes with the 3.5. Brings balance to which one to choose of the two Raptors. F-150 for better interior, features, hauling and towing, Bronco for off-road capability. It just makes too much sense.