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Ford has already clearly (if accidentally) accepted it is developing a determined Bronco Raptor, but now we’ve got our aboriginal attending at how it’s abstraction up.
These beginning spy shots from the US appearance a heavily buried Ford Bronco five-door that is believed to be the aboriginal ancestor of the range-topping Raptor advanced of its 2022 launch.
Despite the added camo, there are a few admonition appearance that affirm this anatomy barbarian is a added determined apparatus than the top-spec Ford Bronco Wildtrak, namely the added arena approval and added wheel-arches/extensions.
Like the US Ford F-150 Raptor and our Ranger Raptor models, the new Bronco flagship is accepted to get longer-travel abeyance and specially-tuned dampers – possibly Fox Shox – to accredit aerial antics and the added arduous aspect of landing them.
These images appearance bigger-diameter shockers and the rear arbor appears altered to approved models’, as does the rear diff. The upgrades are acceptable to be agnate to those apparent on the Ranger Raptor, which rides on the aforementioned Australian-engineered T6 ladder frame.
Wearing BF Goodrich AT All-Terrain T/A tyres, the Ford Bronco Raptor development agent additionally has a altered (and large) bifold bankrupt arrangement on the larboard of the vehicle, hinting that a new agent will be forthcoming.
A high-output 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 from the accepted F-150 Raptor is possible.
As we’ve ahead reported, the new F-150 Raptor may be advantageous abundant to get a supercharged V8 agent to battling the RAM 1500 TRX’s absolute 6.2-litre Hellcat V8. The force-fed Ford V8 could additionally acquisition its way into the Bronco, which would amuse die-hards admiring for a V8 powertrain a la archetypal Broncos.
The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor is acceptable to accept affluence of added armour in the anatomy of underbody aegis and the autogenous will get appropriate appearance and controls as well.
Alas there’s been no acceptance of right-hand drive assembly for the born-again Ford Bronco – let abandoned the determined Raptor adaptation – so Aussies shouldn’t get too excited.